Friday, October 8, 2010

Just what is meant by "Benedictine Hospitality?"

Welcome to Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary

"All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: 'I was a stranger and you welcomed me' (Matthew 25:35)." Saint Benedict wrote those words in Chapter 53 of his Rule. Our Catholic Benedictine tradition teaches us to treat all people as we would treat Christ. Even through this Web site, we hope you will sense the warmth of the famous Benedictine hospitality that permeates Saint John's.

How was it that Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was invited up to St. John's University in the Diocese of St. Cloud, where he has but little authority as an archbishop, to say a Mass for students? The question becomes more interesting when it is realized that the date of His Excellency's appearance came on a day, September 26, when the university's homosexual students were "celebrating" "Coming Out Day", presumably a celebration intended to encourage students and faculty who had been keeping their homosexuality private to admit publicly their homosexuality.

It has been known for many years that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has had a policy whereby Holy Communion is not to be distributed to those who wear signs indicating their homosexuality or support for homosexual issues. The reception of Our Lord's Body and Blood is not to be an occasion for lobbying for issues opposed to the teachings of the Church.

Did someone up at St. John's hope that this confrontation would happen? Read the National Catholic Register's story today on the incident.


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