My friend Fr. Gerald Murray has a good piece at, surprisingly, the UK’s once great Catholic Herald. HERE He tackles the problem of catholic Democrat politicians who promote abortion while claiming to be faithful members of the Church. Rightly, Fr. Murray says that the bishops, who theoretically might some day write a document about “Eucharistic coherence”, need to instruct these pro-abortion politicians for their own sake and for the sake of correcting the scandal they cause.
A couple of tastes….
They [73% of US who voted in favor of a document on Eucharistic coherence] have also given a clear sign that a sizeable majority of the bishops was not swayed by the claim that discussing the application of canonical norms (canons 915 and 916) in the case of pro-abortion elected officials is somehow a “politicisation” or “weaponisation” of the Holy Eucharist.
What can we say about the 27% other than that they may be perhaps to thick to get the problem or that they are quislings in bed – for whatever advantage there might be – with the politicians who promote the murder of the pre-born?
Slam-word alarmist slogans, wielded as verbal hammer blows, do not have any real meaning, which is precisely what slogans are for: to act as substitutes for thought, designed to end any further discussion. The reasons for denying Holy Communion to Catholic elected officials, including President Joe Biden, who promote abortion are: firstly, to rebuke them and to call them to recognise their error, repent and retract. Secondly, to remind other Catholics that supporting abortion is seriously wrong and must be rejected if one is to be faithful to Christ. Thirdly, to proclaim to everyone that abortion is not a healthcare choice, but rather a barbaric practice that is offensive to God and is incompatible with any standard of human rights and justice in a civilised society.
Then Fr. Murray calls out the 60 catholic House Dems who wrote the incoherent, shameless, scandalous, intelligence-insulting letter to the Bishops.
You can see that on your own. However, here are a couple more snips…
Our bishops should note that there is no need for further investigation and dialogue as the witnesses have come forward and volunteered their testimony.
The endless cant about dialogue with these people must end.
For sure, they [bishops who act correctly about pro-abortion pols re: can. 915, etc.] will be criticised by people who see the Catholic bishops as just another group of political players trying to sway voters.
The problem is that in the last few decades the bishops have collectively squandered virtually every scrap of moral capital that was ever attributed to them, merited or not.
We shall what they actually DO. Deeds, not words, are all that count now.
I’m not holding my breath.
Meanwhile, having dealt with our own consciences, we need to pray for those politicians. Even more we need to pray for our bishops… that they be bishops, who are not weak-kneed and who cave in under the slightest left-wing pressure.