In all honesty, I don't understand politicians that are Catholic and who do nothing but defy the Catholic Church at every turn. Why remain a Catholic if one is so adamant in refusing to obey Church teachings? I admit that I become very angry when I hear politicians declare their Catholicism then deliberately and knowingly do and say things contrary to their faith and teach others to do the same.
When my siblings and I still lived with our parents, we had house rules to follow. If any of us disobeyed our parents, we, depending on the infraction, would either have been given a warning to smarten up, or disciplined, usually with being sent to our room instead of enjoying dinner with the rest of the family. If we apologized, we were then welcomed back to the family in all its glory. If one of the older siblings in their disobedience convinced one of the younger ones to join in this infraction of the rules with the promise that they were not going to get caught, or that "don't worry, it's okay to do this", then the boom would fall: harder for the older one.
As my mother once explained to me later in life, it was one thing for us to disobey and receive a due discipline, but when an older sibling convinced a younger brother or sister to do the same and tell them it was okay to disobey, then the discipline HAD to be harsher because the older sibling should have known better because of their age, and using his or her influence over the younger ones, used deception knowing full well how wrong it was to involve someone who looked up to them and believing their lies because of the younger sibling's immaturity. As my mother said, the older ones needed to be made examples, for the younger ones were watching what would happen.
What happened in our home is exactly what is happening in the political and religious realms of our country with Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Kathleen Sibelius, John Kerry, Mario Cuomo and Son, Sr. Carol Keehan and others like them. As Catholics, prominent ones at that, they have constantly defied the teaching of their faith and have convinced others that it was okay to do this. Not only have they defied the Church, they have continued to routinely receive the sacraments despite their outright disobedience. Many have been warned not to receive communion by their bishops yet they turn a deaf ear.
Like the older siblings, they have influence over people, especially Catholics. It would be one thing if their views and support of abortion and/or contraception were not known to others, but because of their position of power and having this influence, their words and actions carry a lot of weight. Some people naturally look up to people of prominence, believing they are honest, possess integrity of character and can be relied upon as to be role models. Unfortunately, that is not the case with the aforementioned.
These people have influenced spiritually immature Catholics to commit sin along with their own, convincing them that they are NOT committing a sin, while offending Catholics that take their faith seriously. In their disobedience to the Church, they have convinced others that it is okay to do this, believing that their own conscience guide their actions and words and that this is the only thing that counts. Catholics see what the politicians are doing and saying, and they also see them getting away with it. Sadly, in the minds of some spiritually immature Catholics, receiving Holy Communion while in a state of mortal sin is no longer big thing and that God understands of course. This is dangerous ground to tread upon. So, what can be done about these older siblings, the prominent Catholics that continue to defy and disobey the Church?
We should be asking ourselves the following questions. What would be the most merciful thing for the bishops to do? Should they continue to just issue warnings to these politicians but allow them to receive communion while in a state of mortal sin, compounding their sins many times over? Should they give these Catholic politicians more time to see the error of their ways while they continue to drag other Catholics into sin because of their position of power and influence over these Catholics? Is it more merciful if the bishops allow them to continue to make a mockery of the Real Presence and offend a great number of faithful Catholics?
Would not true mercy consist in not allowing them the reception of communion for the good of their souls and to stop them from compounding their sin, even if denying them communion may seem as a harsh thing to do? It is in the harshness of such a discipline where one finds mercy. And I believe it is mercy that defiant Catholics need from their priests and bishops at this moment. Some of us may look at denying communion as a form of punishment but I don't think it is at all. I think denying defiant and disobedient Catholic politicians from receiving communion is the greatest mercy that the bishops can extend to them. I know many among us have called on the bishops to deny communion to these Catholics in the past, and usually out of anger, but I call for mercy.
We are taught by the Church that any Catholic that knowingly supports or teaches things contrary to the Church, such as the sin of abortion, whether directly or indirectly, is complicit in this sin. Now for my final question. If Nancy Pelosi and Company are allowed to receive Holy Communion while in a state of mortal sin, and lead others to commit this same sin through their deception, are the bishops also complicit in their sin simply by not acting to stop what they have the power, authority and responsibility to do?
I understand that anyone in the public eye, especially a Catholic bishop or priest, would be hesitant in turning away someone like Pelosi from communion at Mass, for the media would have a field day and the priest or bishop celebrating Mass would be all but crucified in the headlines, but it doesn't matter at this point. It's doing the right thing that matters. In this case, trying to save souls, which is the bishops call and certainly not the media's.