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To: bcsco
I guess it comes down to whether or not the Archdiocese will have the courage to pursue the matter further. Ideally the Bishop or Archbishop would put the word out to his priests that neither they nor the laypeople of their parish who dispense communion should offer it to Pelosi when she presents herself for the sacrament. If they do, then there should be sanctions imposed.

You can see why the Church hierarchy has shied away from confronting this issue. Say the bishop does put forth such an order, and the local churches obey it. Pelosi then repents and receives absolution for her sin. How are the priests and laypersons who were ordered not to dispense communion to her to know of her repentance (confession is supposed to be private) and she is now allowed to receive the sacrament? I guess the bishop could rescind the order if he were informed of her reconciliation (or granted it himself), but I would guess the penitent individual would have to grant permission for the information to be made public. I don't know.

In any case, the Church has to take a stand on this. They just can't keep looking the other way while these public leaders who claim allegiance to the church so wantonly flaunt their disobedience to a fundamental teaching of the church of the Lord. If their words are to carry any moral weight, the leaders of the Church have to take a public stand and back their words with actions. I guess we'll see what happens.

78 posted on 08/26/2008 1:06:20 PM PDT by chimera
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To: chimera
Thanks for a very reasoned and comprehensive reply. Yes, I understand the ramifications for the Church. And I can understand why the Church would want to keep a code of silence on whatever transpires.

They just can't keep looking the other way while these public leaders who claim allegiance to the church so wantonly flaunt their disobedience to a fundamental teaching of the church of the Lord. If their words are to carry any moral weight, the leaders of the Church have to take a public stand and back their words with actions.

Pelosi herself put them in this position. Whatever action they take, they need to insure she understands the gravity of her sin. That in itself makes it a personal matter between herself and her Church. Perhaps we may never know what the results turn out to be.

83 posted on 08/26/2008 1:21:17 PM PDT by bcsco (Obama's just biden his time until McCain wins in November.)
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To: chimera; bcsco
Say the bishop does put forth such an order, and the local churches obey it. Pelosi then repents and receives absolution for her sin. How are the priests and laypersons who were ordered not to dispense communion to her to know of her repentance (confession is supposed to be private) and she is now allowed to receive the sacrament?

When a public person who has sinned publicly repents of their sin, it must be done publicly. Unless the Democrat party changes its platform, none of these national Dem politicians will be publicly renouncing their pro-abortion position (pro-abort Repubs are a different kettle of fish). They can rationalize away while here on earth, but if they do not have a spiritual conversion, they will have a very unpleasant meeting with their Maker (not to mention the rest of eternity).

124 posted on 08/26/2008 5:09:09 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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