CBS’s Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Jane Pauley tried baiting Cardinal Dolan into a defensive position on whether the decidedly “skewed” first draft of the Vatican Synod on the Family’s document was for real when it implied cohabiting couples, divorced Catholics and homosexual couples and their children would be able to receive Holy Communion in the future.
Dolan didn’t miss a beat when he disarmed his attackers with humor and the truth. Watch the video.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, told “CBS This Morning” Wednesday that parishes and communities in the New York Archdiocese are already welcoming [of homosexuals and divorced Catholics].
“This is a community of people who are trying our best to respond to the teaching of Jesus Christ, to open ourselves up to His grace so that we can live His message fully, and to seek His mercy when we can’t,” Dolan said.
The New York Cardinal also said that popular culture has boxed in the Catholic Church with its messaging as being an entity that says “no, no, no.” On the contrary, he said the church has always welcomed anyone to come and see what Jesus Christ has to offer.
Dolan cautioned Catholics this past Wednesday to wait until the final version of the fruits of the synod came out because a majority of bishops leading the meeting are in agreement on church doctrine, but need to take a realistic look at families today.
Cardinal Pell of Australia suggested that seven out of ten synod bishop leaders were not enthralled with the wording and the spirit of the first published document from Monday.
As a result, Pell took issue with the head of the panel Cardinal Kasper of Germany’s decision to publish the final draft as a summary. Pell along with six other bishops voted to publish each bishop’s views and present them to the public.
According to LifeSiteNews, “Cardinal Pell called this document [the initial one from Monday] ‘tendentious,’ and ‘skewed,’” because “it’s only at the tip of the iceberg. It’s a stalking horse. They want wider changes: recognition of civil unions, recognition of homosexual unions.”
This of course would be impossible because the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
1415 Anyone who desires to receive Christ in Eucharistic communion must be in the state of grace. Anyone aware of having sinned mortally must not receive communion without having received absolution in the sacrament of penance.
Read Text of Unofficial Translation released Monday, October 13.