I’m a devout Protestant Christian, and as such, don’t have much fear of the excommunication processes of the Roman Catholic Church. However, I have dear friends and family who are Catholic and I know the seriousness with which they consider excommunication. Which makes the growing problem between Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Vatican all the more interesting for those of us who abhor the way Mrs. Pelosi goes about her business. Now to be sure, I would never wish eternal damnation on anyone… the judgment of God is far too serious for such talk. However, I don’t happen to believe that the Pope has any power/control over that because, as I said, I am not a Catholic.
What interests me about the situation that Mrs. Pelosi seems to have created for herself is this: how does one who pretends to be a devout anything handle being told by the supreme body of that thing – you are wrong? I know that thus far Mrs. Pelosi has avoided direct condemnation from the Pope, supposedly the voice of God here on this earthly soil, but that may soon be moot.
“The Vatican’s chief justice, Cardinal Raymond Burke, said the California Democrat (Pelosi) may no longer receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, according to CNS News. ‘Certainly this is a case when Canon 915 must be applied… This is a person who obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin — cooperating with the crime of procured abortion — and still professes to be a devout Catholic.”
What led to this astounding condemnation of the California Democrat?
A shockingly simple question about the Kermit Gosnell case forced Mrs. Pelosi into logical acrobatics in an attempt to escape answering a question about abortion. Like many Democrat politicians who pretend to be “good Catholics”, Pelosi generally uses the “I think abortion is wrong but I can’t force my view on other people” line to get out of tough spots. The only problem is that all law is, is some people forcing their views onto other people. Well, the Vatican has finally had enough.
If Nancy Pelosi is truly in Catholic faith and doctrine, she must realize that she has come to an important crossroads. If the Pope truly is infallible, “when, in the exercise of his office as shepherd and teacher of all Christians, in virtue of his supreme apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole Church,” then Pelosi must repent, ask forgiveness, and stop supporting abortion.
Of course, if she doesn’t care what the Catholic Church does, then doesn’t the Vatican have to take the next step?
Is blaspheming God by openly defying the Pope and ignoring his commands not something one should be excommunicated for? If not this… then what?
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