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beliefs and structural biases [must] be changed" No exceptions!
How many priests really care about the souls in the Communion line? Think about it. St. Paul is very clear that those who take the Body of the Lord unworthily, take it unto their condemnation. Wow! Pope St. John Paul II and many others have observed the many who line up for Communion and the few who line up outside the confessional. Is it that we are so sinless? Hardly! But our culture has lost its sense of sin. And our scandalous Catholic politicians illustrate that in spades with their public enthusiasm and endorsement of the most heinous atrocities against life and the family.
It's highly likely that every time Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Tim Kaine, John Kerry, etc. receive Communion they commit mortal sins of sacrilege and scandal. The only reason I qualify my statement as "highly likely" is no one can read the soul of another and know for sure that he has full understanding of what he is doing. Sin tends to make one brain dead and I suppose one can argue that these politicians illustrate that every time they open their mouths.
Tim Kaine is a special case. Considering his Catholic education and his claim to be a "devout Catholic" it's hard to believe he doesn't know that promoting abortion and same sex "marriage" is a grave scandal. And remember what Jesus said about scandal and the millstone. Have you ever seen a millstone? Try to swim with one of those tied around your body.
After reading the article above, I want to publicly acknowledge Dominican Father Thomas Petri, vice president and academic dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C., who warned Kaine, "Do us both a favor. Don't show up in my communion line. I take Canon 915 seriously. It'd be embarrassing for you & for me." If Clinton and Kaine are elected, Kaine will be living in D.C. Although he will be a member of Cardinal Wuerl's diocese no one whose watched Wuerl over the years will expect anything but honor and enabling for faux Catholic Kaine.
Now if Fr. Petri were a diocesan priest, Cardinal Wuerl would be quick to give him the kneecap treatment for daring to stand up for Catholic teaching which he has done to priests on a number of occasions. One pastor I know in the archdiocese was called in for a bulletin article addressing a serious moral issue. Somebody complained and obviously we can't have pastors jeopardizing the collection basket by addressing moral evils that their flocks embrace. Shut up and pass the basket!
Well, here's a priest calling out Kaine who used to vote pro-life, but apparently decided that was a bad career move. And so we hear the left applauding how much Kaine's "grown" and he is now insisting the Church do the same. Fr. Petri makes it clear that just ain't gonna happen and Kaine needs to think about what he is evolving into?
A recent article in America magazine, the Jesuit mouthpiece known for dissent, we read this about the vice presidential nominee:
Kaine, who attends a primarily African-American Catholic parish in Richmond, Virginia, acknowledged that his “unconditional support for marriage equality is at odds with the current doctrine of the church I still attend.”
“But I think that’s going to change, too,” he said to applause, invoking both the Bible and Pope Francis as reasons why he thinks the church could alter its doctrine on marriage.
“I think it’s going to change because my church also teaches me about a creator in the first chapter of Genesis who surveys the entire world including mankind and said it is very good, it is very good,” he said.
“Pope Francis famously said, ‘Who am I to judge?’” Kaine continued, referencing the pope’s 2013 comment when asked about gay priests in the church.
“To that I want to add, who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family?” Kaine asked. “I think we’re supposed to celebrate it, not challenge it.”It appears that Kaine believes that polls determine Catholic teaching. If most Catholics support abortion, contraception, same-sex "marriage," sodomy, idolatry, you name it -- well, it's time for the Church to "evolve." He says he makes his decisions for "spiritual reasons" but clearly, in view of his dissent from clear Catholic teaching on intrinsic moral issues, he isn't talking about the Holy Spirit! And Fr. Petri's warning is a charitable reminder to him and other pro-abortion Catholics to refrain from desecrating the Holy Eucharist.
While the church teaches same-sex marriage is morally wrong, a recent Pew Research Center study found that nearly seven in 10 U.S. Catholics support the practice.
Encouraging a man to recognize his sin in order to save his soul is a sublime act of charity. Thank you, Fr. Petri, for doing your duty as a Catholic priest!