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Fr William Kuchinsky worked tirelessly for months on this marvelous dedication to the Unborn and the scandal of the abuse of 915 Canon Law, pouring his own sweat and labor to finish his masterpiece for the greater Glory of God and salvation of the straying fold.  His undaunted steadfastness and faithfulness goes well beyond Church teaching, politics or any sort of vainglory.  Rather, his work magnifies a wounded heart, a saddened Good Shepherd, whose voice echoes in the silence of a stone edifice.  There are names in the hallows of the Vatican and Holy Scripture of that "voice crying out in the wilderness": they are called saints.  Father Kuchinsky would blush in humility before allowing such a title to be affixed to his name, but such is the way of those faithful priests who give their very lives to save our miserable souls.  And we in turn cry out, "The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few so ask the Master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest." (Mt 9:37-38) 

Please pray for our holy priests!

NEW: 3-12-08  From American Life Leagues Celebrate Life Magazine:  Now is the Time:  An Invitation to Conversion

Or to view in larger font: http://www.clmagazine.org/backissues/2008marchapril_44-45nowisthetime.pdf

For Immediate Release:  January 10, 2008

Contact: Fr William Kuchinsky, Pastor
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
Phone: 304 822-5561

Email:  padrebill@atlanticbb.net




“Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or the declaration of a penalty as well as others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to communion.”  CANON 915

 (Romney, WV – 8 Jan 2008)  A time capsule was placed under a bronze medallion bearing the inscription “CANON 915,” at the center of a Millstone which is part of a Memorial to the Unborn at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Romney, West Virginia.


The time capsule was sealed with the bronze medallion on January 7th, 2008, the Feast of Saint Raymond of Pennafort, Patron of Canon Lawyers.


The capsule contains Church Documents, the Code of Canon Law, Bishop’s statements, various articles and other items connected to contemporary news regarding Canon 915.


The marker and capsule are especially meant to bring attention to the present scandal by which some of the faithful may be caused to falter in their belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.  This ‘stumbling block’ comes at a time when surveys suggest many Catholics do not realize:   “The most August sacrament is the Most Holy Eucharist in which Christ the Lord Himself is contained, offered, and received and by which the Church continually lives and grows…” [Can.  897] 


In particular, this disbelief is reinforced and deepened when Catholic politicians who publicly support the “grave sin of abortion or euthanasia” are allowed to receive Holy Communion, despite their gross disregard for Catholic teaching.  According to (then) Cardinal Ratzinger, their “formal cooperation becomes manifest - understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws…” [Memo to U.S. Bishops, 2004] 


Some of the faithful in witnessing “manifest grave sinners” receiving Holy Communion are confronted with the temptation to question; 1. the gravity of the abomination of abortion, and 2. the Holiness and Presence of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.  They may even fall into to thinking; “If these politicians don’t have to listen to Church teaching and can still receive Holy Communion, why can’t I?”


Archbishop Burke of St. Louis, a pre-eminent Scholar of Canon Law remarks:  “No matter how often a bishop or priest repeats the teaching of the Church regarding procured abortion, if he stands by and does nothing to discipline a Catholic who publicly supports legislation permitting the gravest of injustices and, at the same time, presents himself to receive Holy Communion, then his teaching rings hollow. To remain silent is to permit serious confusion regarding a fundamental truth of the moral law.”  This good Shepherd also notes in addition to maintaining respect for the Holiness of the Sacrament and to avoid scandal as already mentioned, the discipline of denial of Holy Communion is the exercise of a moral duty on the part of the minister “to safeguard the salvation of the soul of the party presenting himself to receive Holy Communion.”


Regarding the Dedication of the  Memorial, Fr. William Joseph Kuchinsky, Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Romney, WV said:  “In light of the present struggles which pit the Gospel versus the anti-gospel, life versus death, hope versus despair:  this time may well be a Providential moment  that provides a singular opportunity to make clear to the hearts and minds of believers the true meaning and awesome reality of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the fruit we receive from it in Holy Communion.  It is an invitation to, and time for, conversion.”


Addressing those who might be concerned of the possible ramifications of enforcing Canon 915, Fr. Kuchinsky remarked:  “In faith we can hope that by doing what is clearly the right thing this moment may be one when the dark clouds which have descended upon our beloved land can be lifted so that all eyes may see the deception which has brought us as a Nation to sacrifice our own children through legalized abortion.  We can not discount the great things God may work when we stand united in faith, in truth, and in justice.”


Father continued:  “Those chosen by the Almighty as ‘overseers’ can help to guide us out of the ‘valley of death’ by insuring that a gray fog of confusion does not envelop the Faithful and keep them from recognizing the path of life which is clearly marked out in black and white.  Canon 915 is Church law written in view of a true understanding of the Holy and Awesome reality of the Holy Eucharist . . . there is nothing more Holy or Sacred.  Unfortunately, there is also evil this side of eternity.  The atrocity of abortion is probably the greatest evil we face in our day.”


Fr. Kuchinsky noted:  “It is shameful that many of those who are entrusted with the custody of ‘the Mystery of Faith’ would permit people so obviously tied up with such a demonic project as the systematic destruction of the unborn to approach the sanctuary to receive the Bread of Life.  This scandalous situation is a grievous one and greatly offensive to the faithful who have any measure of piety for the Holy Eucharist.  Yes, we pray for the lost souls who enable the heinous crime of abortion.  But, I also pray that one day those who are uncomfortable enforcing Church law in this the most important of issues will also understand the great sorrow, scandal and confusion they have caused for so many of the faithful by their failure to act and rally the other ministers of Holy Communion to defend the Holy of Holies from sacrilege.”


The significance of the millstone surrounding the 915 Medallion is not lost to those visiting the memorial, as it immediately invokes our Lord’s warning:  “But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Mt 18:6)



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