O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the holy Catholic Church teaches, because in revealing them you can neither deceive nor be deceived.
David Gregory of NBC interviewed Nancy Pelosi on same-sex 'marriage. (Never mind the fact he's just tossing her softballs...). The video is here, at Real Clear Politics.
He does ask her about her faith...and she of course says that it's not about the Church, it's about the state.
Pelosi also talks about this being a crusade. A crusade is literally a campaign 'marked by the Cross.' Let's recap:
- On June 13, Pelosi was asked about late-term abortion bans, and responded by saying it was sacred ground.
- Last week, she told Politico that her first thoughts after the DOMA ruling was issued were, "Thank God."
Here is another report on her 'sacred ground' comments. The farther one gets from the Church, the more likely one is to fall into sins against charity.
That is the third religious reference towards something always and everywhere opposed by the Roman Catholic Church. Now, this one isn't 'as bad,' considering that the word crusade is no longer used in a religious way anymore.
But the first one is sacrilegious, as it refers to something as sacred that is intrinsically evil. The second profanes the Holy Name. Now, none of this might be subject to the canonical penalties for sacrilege...but they should none the less strike a nerve with us who strive to be Roman Catholics faithful to the Magisterium, and who have granted Holy Mother the Church religious submission of mind and will.
Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly-and by repeatedly, I mean nearly every time she is asked about abortion and same-sex 'marriage'- denied what the Catholic Church teaches on these issues. She has said that faith doesn't matter in the public square, and implied that one can still be Catholic while denying what the Church teaches.
There is a recourse, however. She obstinately refuses to heed calls asking her to refrain from Holy Communion (that would be under canon 916, and is what every Catholic in mortal sin should do...Andrew Cuomo seems to do this). Her local bishop can use canon 915, which states:
Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to holy communion.Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, wrote to Pelosi, seeking an honest answer on her status as a Catholic politician. Pelosi responded in an interview with Think Progress, which to me-as an ordinary layman, anyways- demonstrates why she is obstinately persisting in manifest grave sin. Kudos for Fr. Pavone for his charity.
Cardinal Wuerl's statements in the past make him unlikely to utilize this tool in the spiritual medicine cabinet. It is not a punishment, in the sense of vengeance...Canon 915 exists to protect the sacrament and to justly bring about an honest examination of one's predicament within the Church. The Church only knows about public sin, which she cannot allow to have an adverse effect on the rest of the flock, especially in regards to flaunting the doctrine of the faith. Keeping someone away from sin, and taking away part of their pedestal upon which they sin, is an extremely important act of charity. Admonishing a sinner is a spiritual act of mercy, too.
We should pray that her home archbishop, the Most Revered Salvador Cordileone places her under a penalty which keeps her from Holy Communion, under Canon 915. He should kindly ask for the assistance of His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke so that this penalty can be applied to the universal Church. There are some technical difficulties in bringing this about, but it can be done. If anybody can use the law in such a clear and pastoral manner, it is Cardinal Burke.