Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, N.J., addresses Pope Francis at the conclusion of Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on May 2, 2015. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

NJ archbishop sets rules for barring Catholics from Communion


Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, N.J., addresses Pope Francis at the conclusion of Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on May 2, 2015. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, N.J., addresses Pope Francis at the conclusion of Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on May 2, 2015. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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ROME (RNS) Even as Pope Francis and Catholic leaders from around the world debate ways to make the Catholic Church more inclusive, Newark Archbishop John Myers has given his priests strict guidelines on refusing Communion to Catholics who, for example, support gay marriage or whose own marriage is not valid in the eyes of the church.

In the two-page memo, Myers also orders parishes and Catholic institutions not to host people or organizations that disagree with church teachings.

He says Catholics, “especially ministers and others who represent the Church, should not participate in or be present at religious events or events intended to endorse or support those who reject or ignore Church teaching and Canon Law.”

The new rules could raise eyebrows given that Francis is currently leading a high-level Vatican summit, called a synod, where he and some 270 bishops are debating whether to let divorced and remarried Catholics receive Communion, and how to be more welcoming to cohabiting and gay couples whose lives don’t conform to Catholic teaching.

The guidelines could also up the ante for the coming election season, when Catholic candidates who support abortion rights or gay rights are sometimes challenged by conservatives over whether they should receive Communion.

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A spokesman for Myers said in an email on Tuesday (Oct. 13) that the archbishop saw this as an opportune moment to set out the guidelines for priests in the northern New Jersey archdiocese.

“With so much being generated in the media with regard to issues like same-sex unions and such, this memo about ensuring that Catholic teaching is adhered to in all situations -- especially with regard to the use of diocesan properties and facilities -- seemed appropriate,” James Goodness, a spokesman for Myers, said in an email.

The memo is titled “Principles to Aid in Preserving and Protecting the Catholic Faith in the Midst of an Increasingly Secular Culture.” It is dated Sept. 22 and was sent to priests this week, according to a source who provided a copy to Religion News Service.

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In the memo, Myers writes: “The Church will continue to cherish and welcome her members and invite them to participate in her life to the degree that their personal situation permits them honestly to do so.

“Catholics,” he continues, “must be in a marriage recognized as valid by the Church to receive Holy Communion or the other sacraments. Non-Catholics and any Catholic who publicly rejects Church teaching or discipline, either by public statements or by joining or supporting organizations which do so, are not to receive the Sacraments.”

Myers issued these guidelines even though he is scheduled to retire next July when he turns 75, turning over the reins to Archbishop Bernard Hebda.

In 2013, Francis named Hebda a “coadjutor archbishop” -- meaning he would automatically take over when Myers left office -- after a series of controversies that angered many priests and parishioners in the 1.4 million-member archdiocese.

In one instance, Myers was criticized for allowing a priest -- who was under court order to stay away from children -- to work with youths, and in another he was criticized for using church funds to pay for pricey renovations to a retirement home.




  1. Showing people they are not good enough for communion only pushes those people away from God. When will they be good enough? (By your standards). God knows everyone’s heart and he has planned their lives -The church is only a facilitator for God. Your job (church) is to keep God’s people in community with him. He will do the rest. I see “works” here and no faith… Some of the biggest sinners turned out to be the greatest people in the bible and Jesus won them over with LOVE! Not by alienation…

    We need to let God do is Job… He can handle this! After all- He keeps our world floating in space with no effort.

    Just love the people and God will do the rest!

  2. Three cheers for good shepherd Archbishop Myers. He has brought the clarity of Catholic/Biblical teachings to his flock. May his numbers increase.

  3. Yes exactly, and many will flock to him as many flock to listen to our Priest because he speaks the truth. Communion is not an obligation. Mass, confession and prayer are. So many Catholics March up for communion knowing full well that they should not be going to communion because they are ashamed to not go. How sad is that.

    Be bold ignore that little voice that encourages you to go to communion, go to confession, don’t convince yourself that Jesus forgives all because your sins are unique to your circumstances, you will benefit so much more.

    Communion should only be received in a state of grace not in a state of relavitsm mind bending disgrace.

  4. Or just accept that your church likes to act in arbitrary and malicious ways and either put up with it or leave it altogether. Churches, especially socially conservative ones, don’t take anything seriously until the pews start to thin out.

  5. Religious folk should really refrain from using the term “relativist”. Holding to arbitrary rules is not moral thinking. Religious morality is as relativist as it gets. Any and all acts are considered moral if considered by divine fiat, regardless of its affect on others.

    There is nothing having actually to do with morality in the Catholic attitude towards marriage. Its simply a rule meant to enforce a form of control and behavior. Its their ball, they want to determine who gets to play with it. Religious sects have no duty to act in a fair, rational, or beneficent fashion. Rather than expect priests to change, one should simply look elsewhere.

  6. There is no one righteous. No, not one.

    What were you saying again?

  7. Re: “Holding to arbitrary rules is not moral thinking. Religious morality is as relativist as it gets. Any and all acts are considered moral if considered by divine fiat, regardless of its affect on others.”

    Indeed … and there isn’t much better a way to show that, than the Euthyphro dilemma, which (having been described in one of Plato’s dialogs) was already old even before Christianity was founded (which means they have no valid excuse).

    See e.g. for more.

  8. What’s astounding is that this directive was even necessary at all.

    Once upon a time in Newark, it wasn’t.

  9. Myers should have resigned (or been required to resign) some time ago over that.

    But I can’t criticize him over this directive, which is full of requirements that should be in place already. Or if I did, to wonder why it wasn’t issued sooner.

  10. I’m quite sure that Jesus can make the best of any situation in which His Body is present. We limit Him when we are so worried about “unworthy” reception or transport by non-Catholics

  11. You can’t have beliefs or affiliate with organizations if they hold contrary beliefs? Where is he going to find such people outside of the Cloisters? How many non-Catholics and individuals (not in agreement with all teachings) are recruited for their primary and high schools (sports, foreign exchange students to fill the gaps of waning numbers, etc) or colleges? And the hospitals, other service organizations? How many coach, teach or work at such places? So ethical: I’m sorry you can’t be seen in this ER for that gunshot wound as you were protesting equal rights for transgender people and admitted to being a married gay man. And the shelters, soup kitchens, etc? Are we checking credentials at the door? Ah, and the cemeteries? Your husband can’t be buried here as he was not Catholic and believed in corporal punishment (killing) and right to choose. Then there’s the restriction on Priests and other staff participating in events that don’t adhere to Cannon law? There is no Jesus in any…

  12. Why do these type of bishops always pick on gay people? Why does this shepherd not say that anyone who supports capital punishment cannot receive communion? Anyone who does not support immigrants cannot receive communion? Anyone who does not help his impoverished brothers and sisters cannot take communion?
    I’m telling you right now if it was Texas, there wouldn’t be anyone taking communion if the church pressed as hard on capital punishment as they do against gay people.

  13. It’s not about being righteous. It’s about correcting the sinner. We have all fallen. By your logic, a parent who did wrongs in their past and doesn’t bother to correct their child’s bad behavior is love. But that’s not true. It’s neglect. What were you saying again?

  14. You, like many, think that just because Jesus dined with sinners must have meant that He was okay with bad behavior. Jesus’ followers, at first, did not understand why He did this. But He said to them that He came to call sinners to come to Him, that many repented sinners were entering the Kingdom of Heaven before the good. I, myself, am a repentant sinner. And I also know people who are not so good. But I still remind people of their wrongdoing because I’ve been there. Just the other day, I let it be known to a married man that he should not be watching adult videos. He confided in me later that day that he was a bit mad at me, but came to his senses because I was right. I told him I wasn’t trying to be righteous and to look out for me whenever I step out of line because as brothers and sisters in Christ, we’re in this journey to Heaven together.

  15. “Religious sects have no duty to act in a fair, rational, or beneficent fashion. Rather than expect priests to change, one should simply look elsewhere.”

    Priests will never change because you kick and scream and throw a tantrum for them to change. Rather than be a bully and not respect their faith (but you most likely respect Hinduism and others), what better advice for you to follow than your own? Look elsewhere. Not that it will get you very far. Believe me, I’ve been down that road.

  16. Yawn! When will you wake up to the fact that your tired arguments are never going to advance your cause or your salvation. Your arguments are as flawed as ever and simply repeating them does not make them any more valid.

  17. Holy Eucharist is a Sacrament during which we take the most holy of all substances (the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ) into our bodies. The rules are not there to make everyone feel welcome. The Holy Eucharist deserves our utmost respect. It’s not just a symbol to Catholics, it’s something more important. You wouldn’t invite the president, or some famous celebrity into a filthy dilapidated house. So why would you invite God into a soul that is a mess due to sin?

    Think of it this way, If you tried to join a sports club, and you didn’t follow the rules of the club (i.e. show up to games, play by the sport rules) you would be asked to leave. Why people think it’s any different for religion is beyond me.

    Receiving the Holy Eucharist is not a right, it’s a privilege for those who have followed those rules, gone to confession, and truly believe what the church teaches. It’s not about not loving people, it’s about maintaining the dignity due to Our Lord.

  18. good for you myers is on his way out the pope already has selrcted his replacement myers lives in a million dollar mansion that is the reason the new bishop was selrcted and then the pope had to send the new guy to clean up another diocese, I am 77 no bishop is going to dictate terms to me. I go every sunday I tell my sins to god not to another human being who am I to judge I believe most priests in Newark will ignore myers

  19. Gay “marriage” and other perversions of God’s law are examples of the moral relativism Poe Benedict warned about.

  20. gay “marriage” and other perversions of God’s law are example of the moral relativism that Pope Benedict warned us about. Jesus accepted repentant sinners. Tolerance does not mean you agree, it means you can civilly disagree.

  21. “Priests will never change because you kick and scream and throw a tantrum for them to change. ”

    Exactly. Nor will they change because some people start accusing them of being “Un-Biblical”. Just like when fundamentalists start calling progressive sects “Not True ….”, it does not negate their existence as sects. Nor does it negate the fact that their beliefs are tied to the same faith as the fundamentalists.

    “Look elsewhere. Not that it will get you very far. Believe me, I’ve been down that road.”

    Doesn’t sound like you looked very far at all. Anyone who thinks options for religious belief are limited hasn’t given it very much thought.

  22. But not the moral relativism of aiding and abetting sexual abuse, obstructing justice, willfully hiding assets from litigation damages, and making excuses for it in public.

    Nor the moral relativism of willfully aiding in the proliferation of disease and poverty in order to follow arbitrary rulings concerning families.

    As I said before, religious folk should really stop using the term relativist as a pejorative or as a description of those who do not believe as they do.
    1. It is more appropriate to describe religious based morality
    2. Rules are not morality. Especially arbitrary ones or ones which intentionally create harm.

  23. “It’s not about being righteous. It’s about correcting the sinner. ”

    Meaning its about enforcing social order to conform to the church’s arbitrary rules.

    “We have all fallen.” But some are more fallen than others. Not all sins are treated the same, nor in a reasonable and proportionate manner.

  24. Attitudes like this Archbishop are the reasons I have left the Roman Catholic Church. I now belong to an independent parish. General absolution is given after the Confetior, and at communion time the priest announces that receiving the body and blood of Christ is not a reward, but a gift. All are welcomed.

  25. Keep on clearing those pews there, big guy! How will you pay for your lavish retirement if you keep diverting your dollars? But hey, at least it will finally be as Jesus originally intended – Church For The Perfect.

  26. Why is it so difficult for people to understand that reception of Communion is, among other things, an affirmation in your belief in and your intention to practice the teachings of the Catholic Church?

    If you don’t believe me look up the definition of the word “communion” in the dictionary.

    Those who abstain from Communion due to their honest misgivings about tenents of the Faith or those who abstain because they feel unable to change their irregular life situation have my deep respect for their courage and integrity.

  27. Therese, you wrote well! I would add, only, that the rules of this particular sport club are not set by the newly-joined.

  28. Christopher, What do you do with the “whosoever will” (and similar passages) in the NT, in Jesus’ description of who gets into His church, in John 3? Do you find the verbal equivalent a restriction of Jesus’ wide-open invitation to all to be forgiven, regardless of what sins they may have committed?

  29. Myers is a raving lunatic. When as Bishop of Peoris..he excluded Mother Teresa from standing on the main altar in the Cathedral to receive well wishers since she was a woman. He will soon be in prison for perjury in New Jersey for lying to prosecutors in NJ about shielding paedofile priests. A true scoudrel.

  30. Was it really well said?
    This Bishop is setting HIS own rules… this has not come down from the Vatican, is not the practice in other areas and is coming from a man that spent millions of dollars on his own home (using church funds) while closing schools and churches in his area…

    God made himself available to everyone and this loser is trying to create an even more hostile environment while he is on his way out the door (Frances has already in essence booted him for abuse of money and also the issue of letting a pedophile priest [restrained by court order from interacting with children] run a youth group!!!)

    and you want to talk about some sort of superiority?… well good luck in your life… yeesh…

  31. I disagree. COMPLETELY. It was when I KNEW I was out of Communion that I took the CORRECT steps to REPENT and return home to the Catholic Church in FULL Communion. Before the full fire of my conversion took hold of me, it was December of 2008. At Holy Mass, just before going up to receive our Lord, just after praying, “Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed, I heard in my heart, very distinctly “DO NOT receive me.” So I didn’t. I cried. Tears ran down my cheeks.

    I understood that moment that I needed to take care of my sin, repent and do what is right and just. I shook at the thought of telling my, the man who I called my husband for three years. Would he understand? Would he leave me? I brought this up to my confessor who reassured me, DO NOT receive our Lord because I had been married outside of the Church, after divorcing my first husband. Thus the annulment process began and so did me coming back home.

  32. Actually, the rules already exist- they are part of Canon law. The archbishop merely restated them for purposes of instructing his priests, as is his job as shepherd. If you have a problem with it, you have a problem with long-standing, Magisterial teaching. The present synod may change some of this, and it may not. But the archbishop’s directive is fully in line with Church teachings.

  33. @William. Not gibberish.


    If comprehension is difficult, I suggest you read stories about refurbishing the archbishop’s mansion, how much it will cost, and the criticisms attached thereto, UN statistics about how many children die of starvation EVERY SINGLE DAY, the Catholic list of the seven Deadly sins, Jesus on barring the gates of heaven.

    And you might top it all off with a performance of The Pirates of Penzance.

  34. Can those Christians he is banning from communion also be banned from donating money to the church? After all, if they can’t participate in all church activities, why should they fund the church?

  35. What have I said which is not true? And what does my “salvation” have to do with anything? What does that even mean?

  36. With the Archbishop’s ruling, more and more LGBT Roman Catholics will realize they can remain being Catholics within the Episcopal Church. No only will be marry you, but we’ll ordain you. All are welcome.

  37. How is it, that you can be forgiven for murdering someone or abusing little boys if you repent, but not for marrying the wrong person? My faith in God has grown stronger despite the “good” Archbishop’s rantings.

  38. Best to stick with the Bible and not layers of second guessing from theologians seeking power and control. Communion is for all Christians regardless of denomination. States of grace and related rules are made up by the Roman Church over centuries. I grow tired of these pages monopolized by news from one dysfunctional sect when most of the burning questions have been resolved by Churches that went back to the New Testament teaching of Christ. Go to a Lutheran or Anglican Church already!

  39. How then do you feel about sports clubs that exclude women, as one famous one in Georgia did until very recently? Is that a rule that you would respect? How narrow should the requirements for membership be in a religious institution that claims to be “catholic,” i.e. universal?

  40. Matt 23: 1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2. Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3. All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6. And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7. And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

  41. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

    14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

    15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

    16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

    17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

  42. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

    28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

    29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

    30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

    31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

    32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

    33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

  43. 34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

    35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

    36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

    37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

    38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

    39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

  44. It is a sad day when Christians use their faith to deny others their humanity…

    Are we not ALL sinners?
    If so, then who is to judge who’s sin is greater?
    Man or God?

    Jesus spoke more against divorce than he did against the homosexual.
    In fact, Jesus was clear about the homosexual…

    MATT 19: 12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

    Yet, the Roman Catholic Church insists to prevent these eunuchs the ability to receive the word of God. Instead, the RCC has guided their chalice with gold on the outside only to fill it with filth and corruption, not to mention CHILD RAPISTS.

    Woe unto ye! Indeed!

  45. Are we not ALL sinners before God?
    Then who is to judge the sins of another?
    Man or God???

  46. Paul isn’t Jesus Christ.
    Paul is fallible, a sinner just like you… Yet you treat his letters as if they are holier than the words of Jesus Christ.

  47. More important even… what you put into your mouth.

    It’s about CONTROL of PEOPLE. Dominion over others.
    You know, what Jesus Christ came to free us from…
    … Yet these new followers ignore His Words.

  48. Ahh, the old “Jesus has set us free” passages in the NT. Actually. since Jesus was nothing more than a preacher/peasant man who lived in the first century CE and whose body still lies a-mouldering/trapped in the ground outside of Jerusalem, said passages are moot. One needs to peruse the historic Jesus studies to get your mind in the reality and freedom of the 21st century.

    A good place to start the first day in this new reality: – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the titles of their over 100 books on the subject.

    And for some inspiration:

    John 8:32

    “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

    And Professor Gerd Ludemann, in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 416,

    “Anyone looking for the historical Jesus will not find him in the Gospel of John. “

  49. I read Bishop Myers letter with great saness and I read many of the comments with a breaking heart. We are all the woman at the well, the rich man who could not relinquish his possessions and Peter who denied Jesus. It is only by the invitation of our Lord that we are welcomed into salvation.

    Several years ago a homeless stinky man walked into the Easter Vigil. He sat quietly and off by himself. He disturbed no one. He was escorted out of the church. In his pain and loneliness he came to church and we (PEOPLE not GOD) rejected him.

    Let him with out sin cast the first stone.

  50. Well put Fred. The only problem is you are trying to bring in reason and rationality, which is the enemy of the “feel good church.” Most of these comments are from the “church of nice” crowd. There is a disconnect with many who think you can act contrary to Church teaching and God’s law yet somehow remain in communion with God. Those two things are inherently contradictory. The bishop’s instructions are in fact to build true communion through living a holy life and not meant to reject or exclude anyone. Everyone has the ability to repent and change the behavior that is keeping them out of communion with God and His Church. Jesus didn’t tell the woman caught in adultery that her actions were fine and dandy if she didn’t really believe adultery was a sin. He said “go and sin no more.” That is what the bishop is echoing here. No matter what an individual’s circumstance is, they always have the opportunity to change their life to conform to God’s will and receive…

  51. Like his $1,000,000 renovation to his $2,000,000 retirement home, Myers continues to be an arrogant narcissist.

    His timing is terrible: while Pope Francis and the Synod are in Rome, he is using this backdrop for his own agenda. Classless.

    Not surprising at all. Just sad.

  52. PS:
    In the Middle Ages, illuminated missals had images of black demons dragging people into hell from the altar rail – those who had just received Holy Communion unworthily. Out of fear, during the Middle Ages no one would receive – hence the development of a visual “spiritual communion”, with bells signaling the elevation of the host for such a practice. (And in response to no one every receiving the Eucharist, that is why Trent instituted “Easter Duty”.)

    I am sorry the good archbishop neglected to add a warning to folks about the devils waiting to drag their souls into hell if they received unworthily. It would have been a nice pastoral touch.

  53. I believe that conflict presents itself so individuals can do “the most loving act” (as Jesus commands) or not. It is my belief, informed by my examined conscience and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, that banning people from communion is most certainly not the “most loving act.” We are presented millions of opportunities in our lifetimes of acting as Jesus modeled and our “gut” (conscience) tells us is the right way. These dogmatic priests, archbishops, and bishops who want a leaner, more dogmatic church are trying to hold onto a perceived power over others. The real church, the liturgy, and Christ–do not support this behavior. Catholics of conscience must speak out, withhold funds from parishes that harm LGBT people and their families and loved ones, and if necessary, sue so such parishes cannot receive one cent in federal funding.

  54. “Better to have a bad person not go to Church than to have a bad Christian attending Church.” So only “good” Christians should go to church? Who makes the determination on whether a person is good? I was taught that was God’s job. If only “good” Christians are allowed in there are going to be an awful lot of empty pews.

  55. Then you no longer are in communion with the True Faith. You lack the obedience required of Christ’s disciples.

  56. God chose sinful ppl to represent Him. They were far from pure, righteous and sinless. His Son, Jesus, took all of man-kinds wrongs, guilts, shame sins to the cross for us. Luke 18:9-14 (NIV)
    The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
    9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
    13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
    14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

  57. So, yet ANOTHER comment of mine has been removed, this time three or four days after it was made, for violating absolutely NO TERMS OF SERVICE. In this case, I was pointing out Myer’s hypocrisy.

    RNS, either you want people commenting, or you don’t.

    Which is it?

  58. However, Myers will defend known pedo-priests, and has never denied them communion even though Jesus said childrape was unforgivable in Matt 18:6, and Myers himself just moved into a filthy rich, 20 room mansion, all to himself, in defiance of Jesus in Matt 19:21.

    The Catholic church is the Babylon of the Book Of Revelation, Ch 18.

  59. I find the above article very thought-provoking. Here are some of my reactions and questions:

    “especially ministers and others who represent the Church, should not participate in or be present at religious events or events intended to endorse or support those who reject or ignore Church teaching and Canon Law.”
    Is this the proper standard? I prefer a standard that takes into account acting in a spirit of love.
    It seems to me Jesus saw it as His business to be present at events which rejected Church teaching & Cannon Law.
    “any Catholic who publicly rejects Church teaching or discipline, either by public statements or by joining or supporting organizations which do so, are not to receive the Sacraments.”
    So there is a three-tiered system: Non-Catholic, Catholics who are eligible for the Sacraments, Catholics who are not.
    Is the Catholic church consistent in how it applies this standard?
    How far can someone deviate from Church teaching or discipline before they are…

  60. All are welcome…where…not in Archbishop Meyer’s diocese???

  61. No human being will ever be good enough. That’s the point. We are all flawed but still loved and forgiven. It is not the Catholic church’s right to choose who is worthy of the Sacrament. Only God can do that and He says all who love Him are welcome!! Amen

  62. My husband and I were receiving communion while in a state of mortal sin. I had never gotten an annulment for my first marriage over 26 years ago. I was married in a Protestant church and we both disregarded our faith until we had children. We slowly came back but were ignorant of much of our church teaching. Finally 5 years ago we came back through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and I began the annulment process. Our very holy priest told us that we could not receive communion until we received the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. He told us we would be hungry for the Eucharist. He was right and we were starving for Our Dear Lord!! It was priceless for not only our souls but for our faith. We were strengthened by not receiving Him and learning how much we need Him. We are still on fire for the Lord and the annulment process and the absence of communion only made us stronger. I wish people would understand. God Bless

  63. Sounds like a great prescription for emptying even more pews. Thank God the younger generation have more compassion than this.

  64. Jesus “emptied the pews” plenty of times for preaching the unpopular truth. At the last, “they all forsook him and fled.”

    Better a skeleton crew church which honors and abides by the truth than a trendy social club that’s sought by the worst impenitents.

  65. I totally agree. The fewer, the better.

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