Let’s start with some much needed good news! Readers may be aware that at the beginning of June a parish church in Dublin decided to fly the LGBT marxist rainbow flag. But after being up for less than 72 hours, the homosexual flag in the grounds of Our Lady of Assumption Church in Ballyfermot, Dublin, was removed due to popular outrage. The Archbishop of Dublin instructed the parish to remove the flag.
However, reparation still needed to be done. The flag was removed but God had still been offended. So over 70 people gathered in front of the church to pray the Rosary. Some locals, upon seeing the campaign, enthusiastically joined. Other participants came from Waterford, Limerick, and Dungannon. Joy permeated the entire rally which was a good example of what can happen when faithful Catholics join together in action and prayer.
There are other encouraging signs that the Church is beginning to recover its voice.
The United States Bishops’ Conference, on a motion by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne, has voted to prepare a formal document on whether nominally Catholic politicians who offer scandal to the faithful by openly opposing the Church’s teaching should be excommunicated.
Bishop Rhoades said: “We weren’t targeting particular individuals or limited to one issue, but I think we need to accept the discipline that those who obstinately persist in grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
Bishop Rhoades cited a 2019 poll that found a decline in Catholic belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. “We want to reignite that faith and help catechise people to the truth of that. But it has to be the whole truth,” he said.
It’s “part faith in the Eucharist” but also “the call to live the Eucharist — that’s where consistency comes in,” Bishop Rhoades said. “How can you do so without living … being in communion with the faith of the church? That’s eucharistic consistency. You can’t do a full treatment of the Eucharist without talking about that, without teaching about that.”
Bishop Rhoades said the terms “eucharistic consistency” and “eucharistic coherence” originate in Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 exhortation on the Eucharist, “Sacramentum Caritatis” (”The Sacrament of Charity”).
The response from the Vatican was typically cautious. For it is well aware that the most notorious “catholic” opponent of fundamental doctrine is none other than Joseph Biden, described as a “President of the United States”.
Cardinal Luis Ladaria, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has called for “a delay to the debate”. Or, in plain English, no discussion of this embarrassing and inconvenient topic at all.
He is supported by Cardinal Blaise Cupich, archbishop of Chicago. Cardinal Cupich, one of nine children, opined that most priests would be “puzzled to hear that bishops now want to talk about excluding people at a time when the real challenge before them is welcoming people back to the regular practice of the faith and rebuilding their communities”.
Meanwhile, a recent poll shows that almost three quarters of church-going Catholics are opposed to abortion supporting politicians receiving Holy Communion.
The poll was conducted by the faith-based advocacy organisation CatholicVote, and had 600 Catholic respondents. 70% of the respondents agreed with the statement: “Catholic public officials who disagree with their Church on serious or grave matters, should avoid creating confusion and disunity by presenting themselves for communion.” 86% of the respondents agreed that “public officials who identify as Catholic but openly advocate for policies hostile to Church teaching are hypocritical.” 83% of the respondents said that “Catholic teaching holds that anyone conscious of ‘grave sin,’ who has not received the sacrament of reconciliation, should not present themselves for Holy Communion.”
Curiously, these statements received strong positive responses, even though only 38% of the respondents identified themselves as “conservative.”
The respondents agree with the Church’s teaching that Catholics who are obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.
The Church’s official stand against abortion and the other positions held by the Biden administration is very clear. As Pope Francis’ predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, stated in 2004, Catholic politicians who consistently campaign and vote for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws manifest “formal cooperation” with grave sin and must be “denied” the Eucharist.
Biden, only the second Catholic to have occupied the White House, supports “reproductive rights for women” and is a loud advocate for abortion and believes the torture and killing of unborn babies in the womb is healthcare. Like almost all of today’s Left, Biden puts his marxism way before his Christianity.
The reproductive right of women is to bear children, not to torture and dismember them. But Biden has made it plain that if the Supreme Court, which legalised abortion in the notorious Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, follows Roe herself in rethinking its decision, he will support – and, as President, sign – legislation infliction abortion on the American people.
The Supreme Court’s decision of 1973 was purely party-political, and it was unconstitutional. Indeed, it was contrary to Article 1, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which says: “All legislative power herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
The Constitution thus expressly denies to the Supreme Court, or to anyone other than the elected Congress, the right to make law. Indeed, Biden has admitted this, saying that there is nothing about the “reproductive right” of abortion in the Constitution.
Biden was recently asked about the possibility that the Church might excommunicate him. He replied: “That’s a private matter and I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
No, it is not a private matter. Biden has repeatedly made public his stance on abortion, which, like many of his other stances, has flip-flopped over the years. At present, he is implacably determined that the Leftist viewpoint should prevail in this as in all things.
Communism, under its coy brand-name “Socialism”, has killed more people than any other political or religious doctrine in the history of our species. No one knows for sure how many it has killed in Russia and its satellites, in China, in Cambodia, in North Korea and in many other countries. Estimates range from 100 million to 250 million. And that is before taking any account of the hundreds of millions who have been killed by the abortion championed by the Left.
One of the reasons why the Left support birth control through abortion or contraception is that it is inexorably reducing the White population, which – particularly in America – votes overwhelmingly for non-Marxist parties. For the same reason, the Left support unlimited immigration, which is why hundreds of thousands are now crossing into the United States from Mexico.
What has not yet been reported on this side of the Atlantic, where most of the news media are now under Marxist influence, is that Biden’s administration has been picking up illegal immigrants (or, in woke Newspeak, “Currently-Undocumented Potential Citizens”, known with cheerful irreverence in Texas as “CUPCakes”) and bussing them all over the nation, settling them almost exclusively in republican-controlled States.
Kill the indigenous population by abortion, import new Marxist voters across every border, ship them to Republican States to dilute the non-Leftist vote, rewrite the law to institutionalise and legalise the widespread voter fraud by which Biden grabbed the White House, and the “Democrats” – a misnomer if ever there was one – will hold power indefinitely.
That, at any rate, is the plan. The very first Bill introduced in the House of Representatives on Biden’s watch, labelled “HR1” is a Bill to gerrymander the voting process so that States who want to conduct honest and rigorous ballots, by junking the electronic voting machines in which China took a $400 million stake a month before the election, and by verifying that those who vote are entitled to do so and are not voting twice or more, are forbidden to tighten the voting process by Federal law.
One can understand why some in the Church are panicking at the U.S. Bishops’ decision to prepare a formal document on whether those who, like Biden, openly defy the Church on her fundamental teachings should be excommunicated. The Bishops, if they do excommunicate Biden, will put the entire worldwide Marxist project of destroying the hated Christian West at grave risk. Let us hope that Bishop Rhoades prevails.