As usual big stories break when I’m away from my computer. This past weekend, Cardinal Ratzinger’s actual letter to the US bishops got out, andan of Colorado Springs, who have said they will deny the Eucharist to pro-abortion Catholic politicians. (The full letter is available at L’Espresso’s web site.) Yes, he says, bishops should talk privately with them first and warn them they should not receive Communion, but he goes further:
“When these precautionary measures have not had their effect…and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it.”
There’s no prevarication or slippery language there. Straightforward and to the point: The minister must refuse.