She can regain standing to accept communion in a worthy manner by confessing and repenting her sin, which is what the sacrament of confession offers. But until then the leaders of the Church have no choice but to publicly repudiate her false statements so as to make clear to those who might be swayed what the teaching of the Church is on this matter.
I appreciate your detailed response. Does this mean then that she now cannot receive Communion until she repents her actions? Who adjudicates this? Her priest? I'm not Catholic so the workings of this are unclear to me.
posted on 08/26/2008 12:04:36 PM PDT
(Obama's just biden his time until McCain wins in November.)
It is my understanding that the sinner must seek reconciliation (confession) of their own volition, either as a result of examination of conscience or clear instruction from a member of the clergy (i.e., a priest recommends you seek it). I believe that any ordained member of the presbyterate (priests) or episcopate (bishops) can hear confession and are empowered to grant absolution, which of course comes via grace and the one sacrifice of Christ.
Until Pelosi seeks forgiveness of her sin and receives the sacrament of reconciliation and repents of her sin, she should not take nor be offered the sacrament of communion because to do so while in a state of mortal sin would be receiving it in an unworthy manner, which further jeopardizes the state of her soul. Kind of like throwing gasoline on the fire, more or less.
posted on 08/26/2008 12:28:22 PM PDT
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