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Old 03-14-2012, 02:38 AM is offline
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Originally Posted by Simplicio View Post
Its pretty clear the Catholic Church didn't obey that part of Deuteronomy. It also excludes Bastards (and Egyptians, though their grandkids are OK), while the Church didn't have any problem with communicating bastards.
At least a trace of this continued in the Catholic Church: people with deformed hands were not permitted to become priests and say Mass. This even applied to already ordained priests who were injured. Even if the injury happened in the service of the church.

Father (eventually martyr & saint) Saint Isaac Jogues, a French missionary in North America, was captured and tortured by a Mohawk tribe, including cutting off his right thumb. After that, he recieved a special dispensation from the Pope to allow him to continue to say Mass with a deformed hand.