The ancient Greeks depicted Kairos, son of Zeus and the god of Opportunity, as as a young man with long hair streaming from his forehead but with shaved head behind.
The idea is that Opportunity can only be seized when he runs up to you.
Once he moves by it’s too late.
Senator Biden says he accepts the Catholic Church’s teaching about when human life begins. Nevertheless, he votes and speaks in support of abortion.
Speaker Pelosi, though much confused, discounts what she says she studied of the Church’s teaching on the beginning of human life. In the place of that teaching she prefers Roe v Wade for her clarity and ethical starting points. Her speaking and voting records are infamous.
In a recent FoxNews story I read about Speaker Pelosi’s response to CSPAN about how some Catholic bishops instruct some pro-abortion Catholics to avoid receiving Holy Communion. She talks about how the bishops where she lives haven’t instructed her to avoid receiving Communion:
“I think some of it is regional,” said Pelosi, whose district encompasses San Francisco, in a recent interview with C-SPAN. “It depends on the bishop of a certain region and, fortunately for me, Communion has not been withheld and I’m a regular Communicant, so that would be a severe blow to me if that were the case.”
Not being able to receive Holy Communion matters to Speaker Pelosi.
She admits it would be "a severe blow" were her local pastors to say that she could not receive.
I assume Sen. Biden would say the same.
This suggests that were the Archbishops of Washington DC and of San Francisco, and the Bishop of Willmington, Delaware to tell Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Biden not to receive Communion until they correct their positions concerning life and abortion, their interventions could have a positive impact on their public positions in the long run, if not the short.
In some cases it takes a while for reality to sink in.
But it won’t ever sink in if the challenge is never raised.
Directions from bishops (such as "Don’t receive Communion until you change your stance.") are always meant to correct and cure, not to punish or humiliate.
The bishops would be acting from charity for the good of souls and the faith of their flocks.
They would contribute to the correction of the public scandal politicians such as Sen. Biden and Rep. Pelosi have caused for many years already.
They seem to have no intention of stopping on their own.
And we could add the names of many pro-abortion Catholics serving in elected positions.
Speaker Pelosi is one of the Catholic public figures creating the most scandal and confusion to other Catholics in the United States. She took public scandal to a new level on Meet The Press last Sunday. The same can now be said for Joseph Biden, the pro-abortion Catholic senator from Delaware, now that he will be his party’s Vice-Presidential candidate.
Public scandal on a grand scale requires equally public correction.
The bishops in the places where pro-abortion Catholic members of Congress have some form of domicile (including Washington DC) have an opportunity, right now, to exercise correction of members of their flocks who happen to be among the most influential figures in the United States regarding pro-life issues and attitudes.
The present surge in media attention due to the election cycle guarantees an unparalleled opportunity to teach and to heal.
The bishops now stare Opportunity in the face.