You don’t have to be a canon lawyer to recognize the paucity in Fr. O’Malley’s logic regarding the withholding of communion and Gov. Cuomo’s brassbound offenses of public record, but thankfully we also have a treasure in Ed Peters who tries to show him the error of his ways here: http://canonlawblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/reply-to-fr-william-j-omalleys-comments.html. Many of us have had to endure the false and frivolous charge that our minds are too much on the law and not on the Almighty in order that we be muzzled from speaking the truth about a manifest wrongdoing by a perp with not a whit of interest in repentance. Here Dr. Peters respondeth short, sweet, and incisive:
O’Malley closes** his America essay by asking me whether I have “adequately pondered the intentions of the Person who occasioned law.” My answer comes quickly: No, I have not. Perhaps O’Malley has; if so, I rejoice for him. In any event, I look forward, by the grace of God, to pondering that divine Person, and his Father, and his Spirit, for an eternity after my days in this Valley of Tears are done.
In the meantime, there seems to be no shortage of sloppy thinking about canon law out there needing correction, so I’m back to it.