Finally, a bishop who actually upholds canon law! This article elicited a small squeel of joy from my lips as I read the headline (I sound like a mouse… you can ask any of my friends). Too long the bishops of our country have stood idily by, letting our politicans get away with grave sins, and allowing them to receive communion. It’s almost a sin in itself for the priests who let public sinners receive the Eucharist, because wouldn’t the mortal sin be transferred onto the priest for allowing the mortal sin of the person who took the Eucharist without confession to occur? *sigh* I don’t know enough Catholic Apologetics to actually answer that question, but it’s a good one.
Why won’t other bishops take up the cause and do that as well? Do they feel embarassed? I would love to see the day when Nancy Pelosi is denied communion. Actually, I’d smile a little if she were excommunicated. By far, out of all the publicly Democrat/Liberal Catholics in politics, she is the worst of them. Despite claiming that she is a “devout” Catholic, she didn’t even know the Church’s stance on when life begins (umm, conception anyone?). I even knew that when I was a child. How utterly ridiculous. I don’t even want to count the number of times she’s tried to foist some pro-choice nonsense through the legislative branch.
I am glad that Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Ratzinger) was quoted thusly:
Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.
Woohoo! Excellent. Now, if only our Archbishop Vlazny would deny communion to the Governor of Oregon… Ted Kulongoski is another argument for another day. He’s just pure evil. If he would stop saying he were Catholic, then I’d be fine with it. I do NOT want my faith to be associated with people who support death as blatantly as he does.