If the Church cannot and/or will not as policy withhold the Flesh and Blood of My Lord from persons supporting the slaughter of fellow individual human beings, the Church is no longer in touch with God and has lain with the whore.
Other than politicians, in all charity, how are we to know who is worthy to receive Our Lord in the form of the Eucharist and who is not? We, as Catholics, are taught when properly Catechised that our consciences are our guides. How are we to know that this politician has not gone to Confession. We are to determine by conscience whether or not we are worthy. It is our responsibility, not the priest's or the bishop's.
As mentioned in the article, private pastoral couseling is far more effective than public shame.
The penance should be proportionate to the offense. But none of these people has voted the other way.
posted on 05/04/2003 8:10:25 PM PDT
How are we to know that this politician has not gone to Confession.
This is not a simple case of a sinner being reprimanded. The Church has always followed a different course of action when dealing with someone who is a public sinner. Someone who steals from his neighbor should be dealt with in the confessional (assuming this theft is not discovered by the neighbor). Someone who publicly states that anyone can steal from their neighbor and get away with it cannot just be dealt with in the confessional -- his actions are FAR MORE DESTRUCTIVE than the simple act of theft.
Respectfully, 'By their fruits ye shall kow them'. The serial killers working their abortuaries and the pandering politicians who defend their indefensible evil are well marked by their 'fruits'. If the Priests and Bishops will not see, how blind is the Church?
posted on 05/04/2003 8:33:32 PM PDT
(If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
Some things are without question, divorced and remarried couples and folks like Grey Davis who loudly proclaim their unholy allegience to abortion as examples.
posted on 05/04/2003 8:50:29 PM PDT
You sin, repent your sin and commit to try to not to sin again. You are forgiven. To take a public stance and actively seek the support of like minded people in order to get elected and then try to reconcile/rationalize your standing with the teachings of your faith is a failure of character. What does the Bishop of New Orleans have to say about Mary Landrieu's given vote on any abortion issue???????
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