The Corner

Gouverneur Morris and Communion?

Of course he couldn’t have received it, since he was a (nominal) Episcopalian. Nor would he have asked, since he had a sense of propriety. This is the man who, when he observed people making assignations during midnight mass in Vienna, wrote in his diary “this mode of employing an ediface dedicated to sacred purposes does not accord with my feeling.”

Now Kathryn did note, in our interview, that he also made love to his mistress in the waiting room of a convent, but wouldn’t the Catholics in the Corner agree that there is a distinction here?

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