Yet another voice joins the fray
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): 'Just try and stop me from taking communion.'
Now Pelosi's bishop is (don't worry, not THAT California bishop) one William Levada. Besides giving a prophetic speech at the March for Life three years ago, Levada is also the author of this gem nearly a decade ago, which addressed the situation quite handily:
"It should be clear, then, that every Catholic is required to accept this teaching [i.e., that abortion is gravely immoral] as a matter of faith, and that any Catholic who would deny it would separate himself from the unity of Catholic faith and practice which is the fundamental condition for Church membership. Here I note by way of aside that Catholic "membership," unlike that of some other religious bodies, is not a matter of "enrollment" but rather of "belonging" to the Body of Christ, whose condition is the full profession of Catholic faith and the reception of Baptism as the beginning of a life of sacramental worship and moral living in accord with the teachings of Christ."
Now, Pelosi is only one part of a larger 'California problem,' which Judie Brown and cohorts have been trying to solve for some time now with a mass excommunication. Little has happened yet, obviously (although Sacramento's Bishop Weigand's 'throwing down of the gauntlet' to Gray Davis last year was certainly something), but we'll see what happens now that things are heating up.
# posted by Jamie : 1:03 PM