It finally happened! Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura which is the highest judicial authority in the Catholic Church (aside from the Pope himself, of course), said that Nancy Pelosi, a firm advocate of abortion and homosexual marriage should be denied communion from here on out.
Cardinal Burke says:
Certainly this is a case when Canon 915 must be applied. 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. This is a prime example of what Blessed John Paul II referred to as the situation of Catholics who have divorced their faith from their public life and therefore are not serving their brothers and sisters in the way that they must — in safeguarding and promoting the life of the innocent and defenseless unborn, in safeguarding and promoting the integrity of marriage and the family.
What Congresswoman Pelosi is speaking of is not particular confessional beliefs or practices of the Catholic Church. It belongs to the natural moral law which is written on every human heart and which the Catholic Church obviously also teaches: that natural moral law which is so wonderfully illumined for us by Our Lord Jesus Christ by His saving teaching, but most of all by His Passion and death.
To say that these are simply questions of Catholic Faith which have no part in politics is just false and wrong. 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.
I find this to be great news as we have these rules in the Church for a reason, as it causes confusion amongst the faithful, and even causes confusion to those outside of the Church. Hopefully, Nancy Pelosi publicly repents and converts.
Some thoughts I have though are, how come it took so long? Pope Francis made announcements yesterday about reform within the Curia. Thus far, Cardinal Burke has not been renewed his position. This isn’t to say that he won’t, but one has to wonder if Cardinal Burke may know something that we don’t, and is using the power that he currently has in order to cause some healing within the Church.
I’m still happy that Cardinal Burke did this, as it demonstrates the seriousness to profess being a part of the Catholic Church, yet, divorce yourself from her teachings and to publicly announce disagreement.
Maybe we will see more of this with other pro-abortion politicians.