Continued from yesterday...
On the issue of pro-abortion politicians, the Archbishop continues his insistence that we must:
“explain to people why what they are doing is so bad, why voting for legislation that allows terrible things to happen is itself a bad thing. We have to help them understand that."
And that is correct, but if you say it to a Mario Cuomo, Nancy Pelosi or a Ted Kennedy, year after year after year, and they don’t change their position, then at some point you need to say “enough is enough.”
They need to be denied the Holy Eucharist (which you did not mention), denied any opportunity to publicize themselves in a Catholic institution (which you refused to take a stand on regarding Nancy Pelosi and Trinity College) and then, and only then, should we excommunicate them. That is the last resort.
Archbishop Burke of St. Louis has outlined the case for denying Communion to pro-abortion Catholics very well and yet, you refuse to do so. Why? What are you afraid of?
Maybe this is why you did not mention it as an option during your interview.
Archbishop Wuerl, many of us who sit in the pews each and every week, are tired of the same old “song and dance” routine (and I really don’t know how to say it otherwise).
You need to take action. Inaction is not an option.
By continuing to ignore the issue, you continue to weaken the Church as an instrument of moral teaching.