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
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...
Well, that's a lot of "shoulds". But this is the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Will that happen? And if not, what then? I guess that's where I'm going with all this. It just seems that all this is left to her 'honor' for reconciliation.
posted on 08/26/2008 12:41:30 PM PDT
(Obama's just biden his time until McCain wins in November.)
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