It is time for happy and articulate culture warriors to rise up and speak out.
The Bishop of Portsmouth, England, Most Reverend Philip Egan, explained clearly what every bishop and priest ought to be able to repeat in public with sincere charity for their deeply confused and demoralized flocks.
If you vote in favor of or support redefinition of marriage to include same-sex unions, you should extract yourself from the Communion line and not receive. If you are support pro-abortion laws and the politicians who make them, you should not go forward for Communion. If you are a widely recognized public figure and you support things that are contrary to nature and to the Church’s clear teachings, then pastors of souls should help you, in charity, to see your error and, while protecting the flock from your scandalous bad example, deny you Holy Communion.
From Life News:
UK bishop: Denying Communion to anti-life/family politicians is ‘an act of mercy’
PORTSMOUTH, England, March 13, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – “When people are not in communion with the Catholic Church on such a central thing as the value of life of the unborn child and also in terms of the teachings of the church on marriage and family life – they are voting in favor of same-sex marriage – then they shouldn’t be receiving Holy Communion,” said Portsmouth Bishop Philip Egan in a wide-ranging on-camera interview with LifeSiteNews last week.
Bishop Egan explained that rather than a punitive measure, the denial of Holy Communion is “always an act of mercy.” It is done, he said, “with the hope and prayer that that person can be wooed back into full communion with the Church.”
“Nobody is forced to be Catholic. We’re called by Christ and He’s chosen us, it’s a free choice. We live under the word of God. It’s not my truth, its God’s truth,” he said. [As it has been said, I am just the mailman. I don’t get to edit the mail.]
“One would hope that in that case it would encourage someone to come back to seek communion with the Lord with the truth and say I’m sorry I got lost.”
The difficulties faced by Catholics and other Christians in an increasingly secular and intolerant Britain are keenly felt. Bishop Egan has been outspoken in his defence of life and family, writing to the Prime Minister and speaking eloquently on the issues. He has himself experienced backlash both in terms of “unpleasant correspondence” and even a confrontation at the Cathedral.
For him, however, the duty to witness to the truth in love is not an option despite the persecutions that may come. [And they will come!] Christians, he says, “are bound to come into conflict” with the secularized culture. [It has ever been so.]
We must not go looking for a fight, “but we will, being Christian, have to suffer, and have to go to the cross,” he said. “This is one of the ways, particularly as a priest or a bishop, in which that cross is going to come out, because you have to witness to the truth.”
Read the rest there.
Fr Z kudos for Bp. Egan.