Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cardinal Burke Teaches it: Nancy Pelosi Must Be Denied Commuion

The great Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura stated in no uncertain terms that my Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, MUST be denied Holy Communion. The Cardinal made the statement in an interview with The Wanderer, parts of which were reprinted in LifeSiteNews. From the LSN article:

"Asked about Pelosi, he said, 'Certainly this is a case when Canon 915 must be applied.'

Canon 915 states that those who are 'obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.'

'This is a person who obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin — cooperating with the crime of procured abortion — and still professes to be a devout Catholic,' the cardinal said. 'I fear for Congresswoman Pelosi if she does not come to understand how gravely in error she is. I invite her to reflect upon the example of St. Thomas More who acted rightly in a similar situation even at the cost of his life.'

Canon Lawyer Ed Peters, who since 2010 has been a Referendary of the Apostolic Signatura has been making the same point for years. In March of 2010, he wrote:

"Now, I suggest that there is no US Catholic politician whose conduct at the national level is more stridently and widely pro-abortion (to name just one area in which Pelosi's machinations are gravely objectionable) and whose scandalous rhetoric is more overtly Catholic (many of her bizarre assertions the bishops have had to stop and refute) than is Nancy Pelosi's. If her prolonged public conduct does not qualify as obstinent perseverance in manifest grave sin, then, in all sincerity, I must admit to not knowing what would constitute obstinent perseverance in manifest grave sin."

And of course my old boss, Fr. Malloy (may he pray for us!) called out Pelosi back in 2007.

The Cardinal's full interview is well worth reading. He also discusses the Holy Father, the benefits of the increased celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form, the diabolical attack on the family, the deline in Mass attendance, and the increasingly totalitarian direction of the U.S.

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