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  • The blog header depicts an important and yet mis-understood New Testament scene, Jesus flogging the money-changers out of the temple. I selected it because the faith that gives us consolation can also make us very uncomfortable. Both Divine Mercy and Divine Justice meet in Jesus. Priests are ministers of reconciliation, but never at the cost of truth. In or out of season, we must be courageous in preaching and living out the Gospel of Life. The title of my blog is a play on words, not Flogger Priest but Blogger Priest.

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Manipulation of the Church

One prominent elected official argued that if the Church were to tell any politician (but especially the president) that he could not take Holy Communion then legal punishment should follow, including the stripping of the Church’s tax exemption.  All this shows is how much some politicians think they own us. Whatever the bishops decide to do, it is within their authority given by God. As a matter of religious liberty, the Church has the right to teach what she believes and to sanction adherents for heresy, immorality and scandal. The president, himself, should repudiate such interference in a matter that involves the Lord, the Church’s shepherds, him and other of the faithful.