You would have to be in a cave to have missed the hoopla over Nancy Pelosi’s (“as an ardent, practicing Catholic…”) horrible gaff on Meet the Press with Tom Brokaw. Now Joe Biden is added to the head of the pack of unfaithful Catholics who have defacto excommunicated themselves:
By Bob Unruh
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Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput
DENVER – Denver Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput says Democrats simply don’t know Christianity if they insist on continuing to spin the Bible’s teachings on abortion.
“It’s always important to know what our faith actually teaches,” he said in a “clarification” for Catholics in northern Colorado as Democratic National Committee members met in Denver this week to hear a speaker from the National Abortion Rights Action League promote Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, as the next “pro-choice” president.
Here is the rest of Abp. Chaput in response:
What can we do? Why, this is a grand moment for us–it FORCES the matter of abortion and staying Catholics into the public awareness–let’s make the most of it! Use it to show how the US bishops have spoken out against these politicians claim that they can be both Catholic and vote for abortion.
And now Biden adds to the fray…great–let’s roll:
From Dr. Edward Peters, author of Excommunication and the Catholic Church
About Biden, let’s ask the right questions well
One need not be a Catholic in good standing to be President or Vice President of the United States, but one must be a Catholic in good standing to receive holy Communion from the Catholic Church….
Canon 915 directs ministers of holy Communion to withhold the Eucharist from Catholics “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin”.
Any Catholic whose public behavior, in one or more respects, is so at odds with Catholic moral teaching(s) as to constitute his or her “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin”, is subject to consequences under Canon 915. There’s no fine-print exception for Catholic politicians.
Read more from Dr. Peter’s Blog here.