Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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From Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: My brief replies to Albany’s brief response

A political wag once observed that the fastest way to start a ruckus on Capitol Hill is to point out what the Constitution actually says. In the Church, it seems, the fastest way to start a ruckus is to point out what the Code of Canon Law actually says.

The Diocese of Albany has responded, briefly, to my comments regarding the eligibility of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for holy Communion under Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law.

See them here:


Michael Sean Winters’ NCRep column “Peters v. Cuomo”: a reply

Re Michael Sean Winters’ National Catholic Reporter column “Peters v. Cuomo”. Hmmm, where to start?

Well, how about with two preliminary observations: (1) even people of obvious intelligence can be of little expertise in an area in which they opine; (2) when unfounded and/or ill-formed opinions are expressed with rhetorical skill and disseminated through the media, they require an extraordinary amount of time and energy to untangle.

But, let’s see what we might try:


My brief reactions to Fr. Reese’s characterizations of my position on Canon 915

I was disappointed by the tone, if perhaps less so by the content, of Rev. Thomas Reese’s reactions to my statements regarding the Cuomo-Communion controversy. I make three brief points against Reese’s mischaracterizations of my person and position, here:


As someone commented, this is the debate that keeps on giving! There have been no serious challenges to my canonical analysis of the Cuomo-Communion situation. There have been several teaching moments for others, however, and I have tried to use them for good. My latest is this reply to NCRep’s Sean Michael Winters.

Re Winters and Canon 915: Sean Michael Winters first commented on my general discussion of Cuomo and Communion here (25 Feb); I replied to him here (25 Feb); SMW acknowledged my comments here (25 Feb), and posted a lengthy reply (28 Feb) here. I read SMW’s latest remarks carefully, and have some brief thoughts to offer:


Is the Cuomo-Communion case about conduct, law, or lawyers?

Phil Lawler, in a thoughtful column over at regarding the Cuomo-Communion controversy, makes a simple but important point: there are two related-but-distinct canons applicable in this case because there are two related-but-distinct issues in this case, namely, private conduct and public scandal.

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A rare Saturday missive for “In the Light of the Law” readers

(Holy) Wars and Rumors of (Holy) Wars in the tabloid press: such things must happen

We interrupt our regularly featured canonical commentary for these breaking observations on tabloid journalism…

I read with some bemusement yesterday as the New York Daily News tried to bate Andrew Cuomo and the bishops of New York into a “Holy War” by alleging the governor’s “snub” of the latter’s meeting out of anger that “the Vatican” had rebuked Cuomo’s living arrangements. Now, what I don’t know about New York politics would choke a horse, so I can’t definitively conclude for or against the tabloid theory. But I can say that, to some guy sitting in Detroit, the NYDN headline “Cuomo snubs [NY] bishops after Vatican slap…” doesn’t make much sense.

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It was another banner day but this one started with a 4:30 AM wake up call. The videos will explain why :-)

I am posting today in two parts since we had so much going on. Everyone had the afternoon and evening free to explore, pray, nap, or whatever they wanted to do. I know that most went back to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.




Mary, Ark of the New Covenant

by Steve Ray on February 23, 2011

Yesterday and today in Bombay I talked about Mary’s visit to Ein Kerem where she visited her relative Elizabeth. We just visited Ein Kerem again with our group a week ago. Here we pray the 2nd Joyful Mystery of the Rosary and I explain St. Luke’s incredibly insightful description of this event. Since you will miss my explanation given on location here is Israel, I will put up a short audio clip of my brief description of Mary as the Ark of the New Testament. Click on the link below.

mp3 Mary, Ark of the (New) Covenant 6:11 min 1.06Mb

Here is my article on Mary the New Ark, and here is my collection of what the early Christian taught on Mary the Ark.

Now, notice the two pictures below: Do you notice the parallels? What is similar to each picture?


First, the glory of God is revealed “above” both arks (the Gold Box and Mary).

In the first, the glory is revealed as the Shekinah Glory Cloud; in the second, the glory of God is revealed in his Son Jesus Christ, God Incarnate.

Do we worship the Ark? No, of course not! Jews didn’t worship the Old Ark, nor do Catholics worship the New Ark. Jews did not worship the box and Catholics do not worship Mary. Jews worshiped what was ABOVE the box — which was the presence of God; Catholics worship what is above the Ark, that which is sitting in Mary’s lap. Both Jews and Catholics venerate and appreciate the ark, but the worship is reserved for what it contains and reveals.

Earlier blog on Mary the Ark here.