Sec. Sebelius already barred from Holy Communion under can. 915

I want to remind everyone of something that The Canonical Defender wrote on his fine blog.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a major proponent of the Obama administration’s push to mandate contraceptive coverage regardless of religious conviction, is already barred from holy Communion as a result of her pro-abortion activities while governor of Kansas. Bishops in the Washington DC area declared their intention to honor Bp. Naumann’s 2008 directive, and I’ve not heard of any change in the situation. In other words, no reasonably well-informed Catholic believes that, in conducting herself as she does, Sebelius is acting as a Catholic entrusted with high public office ought to act. Thus, the scandal that Sebelius gives is significantly reduced.

Considering the spiritual consequences, we should pray for her.

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  1. Supertradmum says:

    As the dates indicated, including those in the article highlighted here, this has been known for three or four years. The media can spin Sibelius’ Catholic connection anyway it pleases. Unless one lives in Washington DC and goes to the same Mass as the Catholic politicians who support abortion, what can one assume? A friend of mine’s daughter was a page in Washington, going to the same Mass as many of the pro-choice Catholics, including Pelosi, and the girl claimed they all received Communion. This was in early 2011. The young person was scandalized and phoned her mom about this. So? I assume this continues. The girl did not mention Sibelius to her mom, but Pelosi and Biden by name.

  2. tealady24 says:

    See, this is why BO is laughing at Catholics because of poor examples like her and Notre Dame U. and all the other reprobates who represent our faith in serving him. He thinks all Catholics think, and do, as she does.
    And they say he’s such a smart man.

  3. Philangelus says:

    I’m offering up my sinus pain for her. Maybe it’s appropriate, considering the headache she’s causing. :-)

  4. digdigby says:

    I don’t pray for Celebrity Sinners. Never felt right to me. I’m butt-ignorant about doctrine so I got to wing it on instinct sometimes. Besides, sinus pain is a lot to offer up (I’ve been there) – the Holy Father could use it, the man is 85. I can’t imagine! He should be puttering in a monastic garden.

  5. haribo says:

    Appointing Sebelius as the Secretary of HHS would have been like appointing a black but pro-segregation justice during the civil rights era. It’s an attempt to destroy Catholicism while avoiding any accusations of religious persecution because a “Catholic” is overseeing it.

  6. patergary says:

    I’m guessing that she might seek sanctuary and received communion (here in DC) from Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown, yes a parish run by the Jesuits.

  7. John V says:

    Re Pelosi et al. and Canon 915. Pray that all our bishops are asking themselves, individually and collectively, “If not now, when? If not us, who?”

  8. JPD says:

    A Catholic female response from a Sister from SOLT.

  9. JKnott says:

    I suppose it is too much to hope that the NO “Prayers of the Faithful” will ever get off the thinly veiled arrogance of sentimental corn and of telling God the details of his next assignment, and onto the serious business of humbly beseeching the Almighty, for the “conversion of sinners.”

    The distinctly humble prayer after the EF Low Mass which asks for just two things: the conversion of sinners and the liberty and exaltation of our Holy Mother the Church” goes right to the core of the problems facing the Church in this lawless administration.

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  11. Johnno says:

    As JKott said, the ‘Prayers of the Faithful’ are often thinly veiled non specific language that we hear in mass that pray for politicians and government to help the poor and protect justice. Hardly prayers for conversions of sinners, no prayers for conversions of non-Catholics. Sometimes prayers for Catholics to return to the faith. No prayers for the end of abortion. No prayers for the end of contraceptives. Just prayers for ‘good health and well-being for all women.’ If the priests won’t preach them at least include those things in the prayers of the faithful. It is surely relevant today in our present lives! If these are not being offered up during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, then what would be considered a better time? People wonder where God is and why He doesn’t help us, but of course He expects us to ask Him first! He expects us to have that relationship with Him just as we would with one another, not just assume He’s up there reading our minds and will take care of it… In fact He probably is also reading our minds and the majority of us sadly want contraceptives and to tolerate abortion.

  12. BillyHW says:

    Is asking someone to refrain from presenting themselves the same as barring them under 915.

  13. Marcus de Alameda says:

    I acknowledge the Sebilius and Pelosi characters need our prayers, yes.
    I’ll clump them into the the grand prayer category “for those who are against life and the church.”
    My prayer time needs to be focused on those people with whom I have real relationships.

  14. Cantate says:

    Sebelius, Pelosi and their catholic ilk–female or male–should be publicly excommunicated. What are their respective bishops waiting for, or afraid of? If not now, when? If not them, who? if not, why not?

  15. catholicmidwest says:

    They should excommunicate Sebelius, and bar Pelosi from Holy Communion and all Catholic activities except counseling by her bishop.


  17. Martin17773 says:

    But a person who went wo meat for a few months 10 yrs ago who called themselves vegetarians for politically expedient reasons would be sniffed out immediately and find their career in ruins. Why not with ‘Catholics’? – shouldn’t the default be “prove it”?

  18. brjeromeleo says:

    digdigby, we must pray for all sinners, even the celebrity ones. God have mercy on all of us.

  19. Bev says:

    Excommunication? Please!

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