Compare and contrast:
"We're following the directive of our archdiocese," said Father Joe Ciccone, who gave Kerry the Eucharist. "They have said we should give him communion."
The Archdiocese of Boston "does not hold to the practice of publicly refusing Communion to anyone," said archdiocese spokesman Rev. Christopher Coyne. He said it was up to the individual to decide whether to receive Communion.
Coyne said he also received many letters and angry calls from concerned Catholics about Kerry's ability to take Communion. He said he contacted the Paulist Center ahead of time to ensure there would be no problem when the senator received the Eucharist.
The way Fr. Ciccone puts it, it sound like the chancery's practically forcing them to give Communion to Senator Kerry. But from Fr. Coyne's statement, it's clear that the decision to use that "conscience" the senator loves to refer to belongs to the individual. I'm sure he said something to the Paulists like "it's okay" in a voice void of enthusiasm, which hardly translates into a "directive", but (again - I'm obviously flopping around here, consider it in honor of the senator) why are the chanceryistas even saying it's okay??? I don't even want to get started with Archbishop O'Malley, who is certainly caught between a rock and a hard place but Needs to Do the Right Thing. It's gonna be a long summer, folks.