To date my father canon lawyer Ed Peters’ comments on Andrew Cuomo and his ineligibility to receive Communion have garnered over 500 headlines:
Of course my father didn’t go looking for this conflagration – he just answered an interview request. You can chalk up the avalanche of resulting headlines to a) general public interest in the salacious details of Governor Cuomo’s personal life and b) general public ignorance about the Church’s teaching on the Communion question.
But the corollary c) to this most recent episode in the Communion controversy (I absolutely hate the secularized term for this, “Waferwars”, “Wafergate”, etc. – blech!) has been the predictable list of progressive Catholics who have taken this opportunity to once again dissent from the Church’s pastoral discipline on who is eligible to receive Communion.
For those interested in this uneven match, here are the relevant links on my father’s blog:
- Some brief reactions to Fr. Reese’s characterizations of my position on Canon 915
- A reply to Dan Collins at the Huffington Post
- Michael Sean Winters’ column “Peters v. Cuomo”: a reply
- Again re Winters and Canon 915
You can keep up on this debate more easily by following my father on twitter @canonlaw.