On word that Vice President Biden will be attending the installation Mass for Pope Francis on Tuesday, questions arise on what will happen then.
According to press reports, Pope Francis (would everyone please stop using Francis I! There aren’t any others so why is this used? It’s as if Mr. Midtown Republican went by Sr. when there aren’t any jrs.) believes that anyone involved in promulgating abortion should be denied communion. Breitbart reports:
In the Aparecida Document, a document that represents a joint statement by Latin American church leaders but presented by Francis in 2007, the leaders stated, “we should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence,’ that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortions, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”
If Pope Francis is serious about this, he will deny Biden communion. It can be done in a way so as to avoid embarrassment for Biden, who calls himself a Catholic, but is strongly for abortion. Before Mass, someone could approach him and ask him not to get in line. If Biden insists, than he should be prepared to experience the consequences.
And while you’re at it, Pope Francis, how about excommunicating him, Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius. There is no better way to express the gravity of their stance and your opposition to it.
If the Church ever wants to be serious about this issue, it’s got to have some blowback for transgressors.