Posted by Canon Lawyer and friend Ed Peter:
“Video tape shows Archbishop Andre Richard (Moncton, New Brunswick) giving holy Communion to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a state funeral. It is, of course, inconceivable that Richard did not know that Harper is an evangelical Protestant. Obviously unsure what to do, Harper apparently slipped the Host into his pocket (!), and his office has not said what he eventually did with It.”
Read what it means here: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/07/canadian-communion-blunder.html
Dispute rises over Canadian prime minister’s reception of Communion
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper precipitated a controversy when he received Communion during a funeral Mass. Early reports suggested that Harper, who is not a Catholic, slipped the Blessed Sacrament into his pocket. But a spokesman has denied those reports, saying that the prime minister actually consumed the Host, and an eyewitness confirmed that account. Questions remain as to why Archbishop Andre Richard administered the Eucharist to a man who is well known to be an Evangelical Protestant.
Archbishop says Canadian leader meant no disrespect by receiving Eucharist
Archbishop André Richard of Moncton, New Brunswick has come to the defense of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has been roundly criticized for taking Communion during a funeral Mass. A spokesman for Harper said that the prime minister, who is Protestant, did not realize that it was improper for him to receive Communion. “In the context,” Archbishop Richard said, “it’s obvious that no disrespect was meant.” The archbishop did not address the issue of his own failure to give Harper proper instruction.