At 1:55 of the video, you’ll hear the opinion of the bishop on distributing communion:
“I asked the chief of protocol what to do. He told me ‘If they come up, it means they want to receive communion’.”
A Catholic Bishop should not be asking “the chief of protocol” what to do, and he shouldn’t be giving out communion simply because people “want” it. He should be instructing everyone in attendance – at a very public function where there are non-Catholics and non-practising Catholics – to refrain from receiving the Eucharist if they are not in communion with the Church or properly disposed.
Please pray for our priests and bishops. The confusion in the Church today is an epidemic.
“Jesus replied, ‘You are the Teacher of Israel, and you do not know these things!” (John 3:10)
Addendum on the CommunionFlap:
Harper, during a lengthy news conference at the conclusion of the three-day G8 summit, denounced a report in a New Brunswick newspaper earlier this week saying he pocketed the Holy Communion host during the funeral at a Catholic church for former governor-general Romeo LeBlanc.
“First of all, as a Christian I have never refused communion when offered to me. That’s actually pretty important to me,” he said.
“Somebody running an unsubstantiated story that I would stick communion bread in my pocket is really absurd and I think it’s a real, frankly, a low point, this is a low moment in journalism, whoever is responsible for this. It’s just a terrible story and a ridiculous story and not based on anything, as near as I can tell.”