Diane Montagna posted something at LifeSite that serves a good purpose.
She sat down with the controversial head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (you know, the crowd that has Jeffrey Sachs on speed-dial) who are musing about “transhumanism”, Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo. You’ll remember him as the guy who said that Catholic social teaching is being best implemented in China.
While I probably would have gotten into it with about China and transhumanism, Montagna asked Sorondo about the scandalous reception of Holy Communion to the openly pro-abortion President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández and his much younger concubine Fabiola Yáñez. Sorondo called Montagna a “fanatic” for pressing him on it.
She posted a transcript of their conversation.
Here’s part of it.
DM: How can you give them Communion? It’s Jesus. It’s Jesus. They’re living openly in adultery and he supports abortion.
BS: Sorry, sorry, do you know the canon law? Do you know the canon law? We need to follow canon law, not the opinion of some bishops. And the canon law says that you cannot not give – you are obliged to give Communion if somebody asks you for Communion. Only in the case that he is excommunicated. The President is not excommunicated, so I can give Communion if he asks me for Communion.
BS: And I didn’t know if he wanted to go to Communion. He asked me for Communion, and I didn’t have reason to say no.
DM: Not even if he’s pro-abortion and wants to pass pro-abortion legislation.
BS: No, it’s not a reason to say no for Communion according to canon law.
DM: Do you know which canon it is?
BS: Yes, I can give the canons. There are three canons. The first canon says we are obliged to give Communion to persons who ask for Communion. There is only one exception and the exception is when he is excommunicated. Of course, there are some cardinals like Cardinal Burke, but it is the opinion of the Cardinal. [Who is it, exactly, who doesn’t know canon law?]
DM: But it would be an opportunity. This was a public scandal. The fact that a pro-abortion president who’s sleeping with his mistress…
BS: So you say…
DM: He’s living with his mistress!
BS: I don’t know. I don’t know.
DM: Everybody knows. She lives with him. She acts like the first lady.
BS: I don’t know.
DM: How can you not know? You’re Argentinian.
DM: Well, you don’t have to agree with everything President Trump does. But he’s saving babies. He’s saving babies.
BS: Please, lady, understand the Catholic ideas and do not be fanatic, do not be fanatic.
BS: If you continue to speak with me, do not be fanatic. Try to use reason.
I love that last part. Condescending much?
The whole thing, his snarky comments about Americans and Pres. Trump, reminds me of the attitude that Card. Kasper manifested about African bishops. Remember how Kasper tried to wiggle out of it? And that’s when Ed Pentin was able to report on his actual words.
Anyway, that’s how it’s done.