That most wonderful time of the year.
But I wonder what such critics make of the fact that the former mayor of Rome, well known as a prochoice Catholic politician, received Communion from John Paul II. As reported by Melinda Henneberger during the last presidential campaign:
At an Environment 2004 party on Beacon Hill Monday evening I ran
into Francesco Rutelli, the popular former mayor of Rome, and asked him
about rumors that he, a pro-choice Catholic of the Italian left, had
nonetheless received communion from Pope John Paul II himself.
yes, this is true,” he said, and asked to be walked though the
controversy in the American Catholic Church, where some bishops have
suggested that pro-choice politicians like John Kerry should be denied
communion. “This is very strange for me,” Rutelli said, “that you
cannot be a Christian and also uphold the law of your country.”
this is politics, too?” he asked of the bishops, wryly suggesting that
perhaps these American prelates were too far from Rome—and too close to
Incidentally, John Allen also reported this here.