As posted by my fellow resident pundit Barbara Kralis on Fidelis . . .
Will the silence of most U.S. Catholic bishops help elect a Presidential candidate who promotes procured abortion and supports same-sex marriage?
The Democrat Presidential candidate, John Kerry, proclaimed recently to all Americans that he is a "faithful Catholic" in good standing, yet promised that if elected:
I will not overturn Roe v Wade; I will not appoint judges hostile to "choice;" I will allow poor women to have free abortions; I will never outlaw abortion; I will increase American taxpayer's dollars on population control efforts around the world."
In other words, this pro-abortion legislator has set himself outside of the Catholic faith and has incurred, according to Canon Law n. 1398, a common excommunication, latae sententiae, a censure incurred by the very fact of committing a crime.
Yet, ironically, a majority of U.S. Catholic Bishops is unwilling to discipline legislators who support procured abortion by banning them from the sacrilegious reception of the Eucharist in most of the nation's Catholic dioceses. The sixty-million U.S. Catholic laity is scandalized and confused by the refusal of most bishops to dutifully govern and correct.
The world media are reporting with amusement the reactions of individual bishops.
Currently, two archbishops and 10 bishops have stated publicly they would obey the Church's Divine Law and deny the Sacrament of the Eucharist to legislators who support procured abortion.
The rest of the 365 U.S. bishops, 46 archbishops, and 12 cardinals, including the remaining 184 of the 196 diocesan bishop heads, have made no such statement. In fact, many bishops have spoken wrongly against the denial of Holy Communion to anyone, at anytime, for any reason.
Is the silence of this majority of Bishops sending a loud, clear message to all Americans that being pro-abortion is not a grave offense against God?
The Code of Canon Law n. 1369 instructs all Bishops:
A person is to be punished with a just penalty who gravely harms public morals.
Who could refute the fact that for years Senator Kerry, Senator Kennedy and over 500 pro-abortion U.S. "Catholic" politicians have participated in abortion by writing, endorsing, encouraging, and passing pro abortion and pro sodomite legislation? Canon Law n. 915 specifically prohibits persons receiving the Eucharist who obstinately persist in their grave manifest sins. This is a no-brainer.
In fact, Senator Kerry's pro-abortion record is so strong that he is the first presidential candidate--including Clinton and Gore--to be endorsed by the evil Planned Parenthood abortion group.
Senator Kerry supports human cloning, favors the creation and destruction of human embryos for research, and has voted repeatedly against a federal ban on "partial birth abortion."
In an interview Kerry gave the Dubuque, IA, Telegraph Herald, as cited in a secondary report by the Washington Post,
I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist . . . who doesn't share it. We have separation of church and state in the United States of America.
Does not the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's note Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life carry any authority with American bishops and clergy? It declared:
Lawmaking bodies have a grave and clear obligation to oppose any law that attacks human life.
Why, as recently revealed by Catholic World News, have three of the twelve prominent members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Review Board flagrantly and traitorously disobeyed Church teachings and financially supported pro-abortion Kerry's presidential campaign?
Kerry travels throughout the United States in his presidential bid. This pro-abortion, heretical "Catholic" legislator receives sacrilegious Holy Communions wherever and whenever he attends the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Why?
Each Sunday, pro-abortion Senator Kerry enters a different parish, approaches the altar, receiving the Eucharist while obstinately refusing to obey the Church's clearly defined laws against his unlawful reception of Communion. Every parish receives advance notice of Kerry's clamorous arrival, yet, in parish after parish, both Ministers of Holy Communion (pastors, priests, deacons) and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (laymen) willfully give Kerry sacrilegious Communions.
The Catechism teaches that all clergy who administer the Sacrament of the Eucharist to manifest, obstinate, persistent sinners also participate in this grave cardinal sin of sacrilege (CCC, n.1755). Is it not clear they must deny these pro-abortion politicians the Eucharist?
In fact, Canon Law n. 915 places the responsibility on the minister--'ne admittantur'--who, in the opinion of some canonists, could be punished themselves according to Canon Law n. 1389 §2, should he unlawfully administer the sacrament with the consequent danger of scandal for the rest of the faithful. Canon Law n. 1339 prescribes the possibility of punishing any person who causes grave scandal by any violation of a divine or ecclesiastical law.
Some have suggested that the silence of most of the bishops is because U.S. clergy overwhelmingly vote as Democrats and do not want to offend their leaders. A recent poll suggested this was the case, at least, in the diocese of Chicago.
According to an exclusive Illinois Leader analysis of the voting habits of the Chicago Archdiocese's voting Catholic priests, more than 75% of them sided with the Democrats in the March 2002 primary election. Consequently, many U.S. Catholics are receiving a message from many bishops and priests, however subtle, that the Church wishes them to vote for the Democrat Party, the official abortion party in America Is this why many of our pulpits are silent on the infallible Church teachings regarding morals and faith, teachings that definitely offend Democrats?
Could another reason be that U.S. bishops fear losing money donated in weekly offertory collections? Do some bishops fear offending powerful Democrat parishioners?
Dear Bishops, you are the leaders and shepherds of our church. We stand beside you in deepest prayer and respect.Please stop this scandal and sacrilege of the Eucharist, we pray!
Editor's Note: Endnotes may be accessed via the above links. An annotated edition of the above article, which has been slightly revised for Fidelis, can be found on Renew America.
Ongoing commentary by the editors of CatholicKerryWatch
Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.