Michael Gaynor
When will the Catholic Church finally declare that Pelosi excommunicated herself--Gillibrand too?
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By Michael Gaynor
May 17, 2012

If standing up for the Eucharist means turning away unrepentant Pelosi and her ilk from Holy Communion, then stand up, distributors of Holy Communion!

To some prominent Democrat politicians on the Far Left, life, marriage and now even Mother's Day are not sacred.

It is a big problem for the Catholic Church when those politicians claim to be practicing Catholics and their sacrileges, heresies and blasphemies are meekly tolerated instead of sternly rebuked, for their own sakes and the sakes of those confused by such tolerance.

Remember, Jesus did not tolerate, much less yield, to the moneychangers. "...Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves." King James Bible (Cambridge edition)

I wrote long ago the former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi should have been declared to have excommunicated herself.

In 2004, I wrote: "Despite authoritative Vatican opposition to the receipt of Holy Communion by persons professing to be both Catholics in a state of grace and abortion supporters, ardent pro-abortion 'Catholics' like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi 'fully intend to receive communion, one way or another.' Ms. Pelosi said that receiving Holy Communion is 'very important' to her. That makes good sense politically, since a Catholic who presents herself or himself for Communion thereby represents that she or he is in a state of grace and being in a state of grace (or at least appearing to be) is still a political plus."

In "Illicit Reception: Holy Communion Must Be Denied To Senator Kerry and Other Unrepentant, Nominally Catholic Pro-Abortion Politicians Until They Repent"(www.catholicmediacoalition.org/illicit%20reception.htm), I explained:

"On April 23, 2004, Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments, explained at a press conference in Rome that unrepentant pro-abortion 'Catholic' politicians should be denied Communion. Cardinal Arinze put it succinctly: 'If they should not receive, then they should not be given.'

"But Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and many other priests in the United States have continued to give Communion to such persons. Cardinal McCarrick said that he has 'not gotten to the stage where I'm comfortable in denying the Eucharist.'

"Concerned that the priests of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States might actually follow the canon law that mandated them to prevent the sacrilegious receipt of Communion, 48 members of the House of Representatives who identify themselves as Catholic wrote to Cardinal McCarrick, ominously warning that refusing them Communion 'would be counter-productive and would bring great harm to the Church.'

"Moral authority is derived from upholding principle, even when principle is unpopular or upholding it is costly. It is diminished when principle is compromised, because it seems expedient to do so.

"The Catholic Church's moral authority suffered greatly because the problem of sexual abuse of altar boys by priests was handled as secretly as possible for decades instead of acknowledged and dealt with openly.

"Will the Catholic Church's moral authority suffer further because priests find it easier to give Communion to whomever asks for it rather than follow canon law and refuse persons 'who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin'?"

The answer was YES! and the Obama Administration's HHS mandate put an exclamation point on it.

If standing up for the Eucharist means turning away unrepentant Pelosi and her ilk from Holy Communion, then stand up, distributors of Holy Communion!

Capitulating sure hasn't work and you've run out of cheeks to turn.

Now Pelosi is scandalously sowing confusion by preaching that she supports "same-sex marriage" because she's Catholic! See http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2012/05/11/pelosi-my-religion-compels-me-favor-gay-marriage.

A reporter asked Pelosi: "Many of the people that are opposed to gay marriage cite their religion as the reason why they're opposed. You're a Catholic that supports gay marriage. Do you believe that religion and the idea that you can support gay marriage can be separated? And how do you grapple with the idea that you support gay marriage as a Catholic?"

Pelosi responded: "My religion has, compels me — and I love it for it — to be against discrimination of any kind in our country, and I consider this a form of discrimination...."

The Catholic religion certainly does not accept "gay marriage" or "same-sex marriage."

Pelosi pal and New York junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand likewise has excommunicated herself and, like Pelosi, she only gets worse.

"Cradle Catholic" Gillibrand celebrated Mother's Day by fundraising for pro-abortion Emily's List.

No kidding!

Gillibrand: "This Mother's Day, I can't think of a better way to honor all the mothers in the country — past and present — than with a contribution to EMILY's List."

Emily's List is a political action committee dedicated to electing women supporters of legal abortion to public office, including Gillibrand.

A person who thinks like that should be praying for enlightenment, not representing New York in the United States Senate.

In "Why haven't Pelosi and Gillibrand been excommunicated?" (www.renewamerica.com/columns/gaynor/120218), I asked, "When will the Catholic bishops learn than tolerating such scandalous behavior only makes matters worse?"

Wendy Long, who converted to the Catholic faith as an adult and is running against Gillibrand, issued this press release on May 12:

"New York, New York — Like her mentor Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand rarely misses a chance to shill for her self-centered political agenda, but is nothing sacred? Sadly the answer is no, for Gillibrand even Mother's Day isn't off limits to her pandering, pernicious, pathetic politicking.

"In yet another from her insipid barrage of fundraising emails Senator Gillibrand implores recipients: 'This Mother's Day, I can't think of a better way to honor all the mothers in the country — past and present — than with a contribution to EMILY's List.'

"EMILY's list describes itself as 'a community of progressive Americans dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to every level of office.'

"Really? There is no better way to celebrate Mother's Day than to donate to a PAC with the official mission of electing women who support abortion rights...namely Senator Gillibrand?

"Mothers Day was founded in 1908 by Anna Jarvis, as a day to celebrate the 'truth, purity and broad charity of mother love.' Jarvis crusaded against its commercialization and politicization even attacking First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for using it in fundraising materials for charities.

"U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long said, 'This Mother's Day, I can't think of a better way to honor ALL mothers in the country — past and present — than with a call, a letter or a prayer of thanks to moms living and passed, regardless of your political views or party.'"

Amen!

Pandering to the likes of Pelosi and Gillibrand is pathetic and pernicious.

Please pray for courage for the distributors of Holy Communion and the souls of Pelosi and Gillibrand and vote for people who are not pernicious, pathetic panderers.

© Michael Gaynor

 

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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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