Monday, October 08, 2007

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US clerics' group backs Archbishop Burke on Communion Oct. 8, 2007 (

Oct. 08 ( - A national association of American Catholic clergy has given its strong support to Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis in his argument that Catholic politicians who reject Church teaching should not receive the Eucharist.

The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy (CCC), a group of 600 priests and deacons, urged the US bishops to adopt Archbishop Burke's reasoning at their November 2007 meeting.

Anticipating the argument that some American prelates raised during a similar debate in 2004, the CCC argued: "It is specious to say that denying Holy Communion causes scandal to the faithful." The group countered: "Greater scandal is given when any cleric does not protect the sanctity and dignity of the Blessed Sacrament."

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