Friday, March 6, 2009

Whut we hayve hyeah.... Part II

("....is a failyuh to excommunicate.")

From the Catholic Archbishop of Kansas's official blog on the Gov. Sebelius Nomination to head the US Dept. of Health and Human Services:

As you are aware, because of her long history both as a legislator and Governor of consistently supporting legalized abortion and after many months of dialogue, I requested Governor Sebelius not to present herself for communion. I did this in the hope that it would motivate Governor Sebelius to reconsider her support for what is an intrinsic evil – the destruction of innocent human life by abortion. I also took this pastoral action to protect others from being misled by the Governor’s public support and advocacy for legalized abortion.

So he "asked" her not to present herself to communion. He didn't tell her; he asked.

I must reluctantly conclude: Not enough, sir.

Supposing she shows up anyway: since she was asked not to take communion, that means whoever knowingly gives her the Host has his ecclesiastic behind covered, and His Emenence has plausable deniability. In short: he leaves himself an out if he is disobeyed.

Next time, sir, if one may say: don't ask, do tell. Excommunicate directly so that there are no doubts. One cannot be a servant with two masters; one cannot call oneself Catholic and be an advocate of prenatal homicide.

And if your own underlings do not cooperate, be prepared to discipline them too. (Which is probably the REAL problem here: he doesn't know if his own clerics will follow him.)

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