By Tom Quiner

No, the Catholic Church did not excommunicate Congresswoman Pelosi, as far as we know.
However, Cardinal Raymond Burke was asked a pointed question by the Minneapolis-based paperThe Catholic Servant:

“Many faithful Catholics are troubled when high-profile political figures with unconcealed antilife, anti-family positions are honored in such ways as receiving invitations to speak at Catholic university commencement ceremonies and given honorary degrees or memorialized at public Catholic funeral Masses without having renounced their immoral positions. Faithful Catholics, at the same time, are taught they have committed a serious sin if they vote for these same candidates. How are those who are seriously trying to live out their faith to reconcile this apparent contradiction?”

Cardinal Burke responded without pulling any questions:

“You cannot reconcile it — it is a contradiction, it is wrong, it is a scandal, and it must stop! We live in a culture with a false sense of dialogue — which has also crept into the Church — where we pretend to dialogue about open and egregious violations of the moral law. Can we believe it is permissible to recognize publicly people who support open and egregious violations, and then act surprised if someone is scandalized by it? For Catholic institutions or individuals to give recognition to such persons, to honor them in any way, is a source of grave scandal for which they are responsible. In a certain way, they contribute to the sinfulness of the individuals involved. There is no way to reconcile it; it simply is wrong.”


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  1. fxfocus on September 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Cardinal Burke is a breath of fresh air. No one today has the backbone and guts to speak the Truth. His words are long overdue by a high profile member of the Church. These politicians are free to vote and act the way their conscience tells them, but they need to lose the Catholic label if every political line they take goes against all Church teaching.

    • quinersdiner on September 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Totally agree. Thanks for writing.

      • fxfocus on September 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm

        Just by coincidence I saw a Youtube video citing the very words and quotes by Cardinal Burke so ti’s awesome you posted that. It gets no press at all. I’m glad sharp bloggers like yourself are putting it out there. Catholic politicians are getting a pass on principles and it’s shameful. I’m gonna tweet your post later when I get home. I’ve got a few hundred followers, hopefully a few Catholics click the link 🙂

  2. John Rozycki on September 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Clearly spoken, Cardinal Burke. Thank you.

  3. JoeC on September 26, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Yes. We need to clean house of anyone who disagrees with church doctrine.
    But wait, wasn’t it Jesus who went to the cross for speaking out against current church doctrine?

    • quinersdiner on September 26, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Interesting question, Joe.
      Church doctrine was established by Christ. The Church isn’t setting out to “clean house.” Rather, people who disagree with Church doctrine have separated themselves from the Church, and shouldn’t present themselves for Communion. Ms. Pelosi, according to Catholic doctrine, commits a grave sin in promoting human abortion laws. She puts her soul at risk when she presents herself for Communion unworthily, as St. Paul states in sacred scripture. The stakes are high. By the way, no Catholic, including ME, should ever present themselves for Communion when they are not in a state of grace. That is why Christ established the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I don’t like Ms. Pelosi’s politics, but I care about her eternal soul.
      The Sacrament of Holy Communion is beautiful, since Christ is fully present to our soul. When we hold the communion wafer in our hand, which has been transformed into Christ, we hold all of the power of the universe. When we drink the wine, which has been transformed into His Blood, we are pouring all the love of the universe into our very being.
      It is an act of faith beyond the ability of our mere senses to comprehend. It is real, which is why the Church has advised/warned Nancy Pelosi not to take Communion unworthily.
      Hope that helps.

      • JoeC on September 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

        Perhaps I should have said church hierarchy or church establishment instead of doctrine. My point is Jesus wasn’t well liked by those in power at the time. Jesus was a rebel.

        • quinersdiner on September 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

          I kind of get what you’re saying. Pope Francis is coming across as something of a rebel, and is very Christlike in this approach. He is calling on the faithful to extend a hand to our brothers and sisters who don’t know Christ. He is calling on us to do the same with fellow Christians who are confused by some of the social issues of the day, to lovingly dialogue with them and witness to the fullness of the Catholic faith. I think the new Pope is calling on not just the hierarchy, but the laity, to focus on the central message of Christ and the soul-affirming beauty of the Gospels. He calls on us to put key issues like abortion in context. He certainly does not call on us to ignore them.
          By they way, there is tremendous energy and passion within the Catholic Church. It is very much being driven from the ground up by the laity. I think the Church hierarchy would agree, and is pleased. It is ultimately driven by Christ who is the source of our passion.

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