Not compatible with Catholicism

I sent a letter to the chancellor of the diocese.  To be fair today is Thursday & his office would have gotten it on Monday.  Who knows when he got a chance to read it?  And a thoughtful response would probably take a little time to compose.  That said, here is the letter;

As I am sure you are aware there is a major problem in the Catholic world of people who may not believe in some non-negotiable tenants of the Church but still insist on presenting themselves to receive the Most Blessed Sacrament during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  I do know that with people not living a public life it may be impossible for clergy members to know this.  However it is not impossible for clergy to know this about someone like Vice-president Joseph Biden who is not Catholic no matter what he purports to be.  All Catholics should know that abortion and Catholicism are in no way compatible.   As we know God always chooses life, (the whole point of the Incarnation). 

You may have heard that in the summer when Vice-president Biden came to St. Edmond parish for mass I did not give out communion, so was able to directly avoid enabling his blasphemous reception of the Eucharist.    But because of my actions I did force another, a minister of Holy Eucharist, to directly participate in the evil of Vice-president Biden’s sacrilege.   This, of course also counts as sin on my soul.  This bothers me terribly and I did include this sin in my regular reconciliation.

I will never give communion to Mr. Biden as long as he does not repent and he persists in his sin in a public forum.  I do not wish to force the ministers of Holy Eucharist to sin in this way either but as a priest it becomes a source of scandal and confusion for the laity if I give out the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ to someone who is so publicly pro-abortion.  It also leads people to believe that the Catholic Church supports abortion.

It would be very helpful for something to come out of your office to clarify this situation for everyone in the diocese.  

As I was writing the letter the thought crossed my mind that other letters about predator priests could also have been sent.  If so were they ignored, at least as far as the public knows?

The inner workings of a diocese or archdiocese are a mystery to me.  I do not have any knowledge of how they operate.  But it seems to me that when priest predators were/are unmasked there are a slew of laws, both civil and canonical, that kick in and should jump-start an investigation.

The same can be said for someone in consistent grave and public sin who claims to be a good Catholic.  They are not good Catholics nor are those priests who committed sexual sins and consequently broke laws good Catholics.   We all sin, all of us, but there are some sins that are worse than others and cry out for God’s vengeance.  So called pro-abortion, (euphemistically pro-choice), Catholics are not really Catholic because abortion and Catholicism are incompatible.  Sex with the underaged is not compatible with Catholicism.  Priests who promised celibacy, chastity being part of that, then break that promise are thumbing their collective nose at what it is they promised to God.  That is not compatible with Catholicism.  As I said we are all sinners and sin happens.  If a priest fails to live up to his promise of chastity, sins with an adult, goes to the sacrament of reconciliation and does penance then there is no need to make it public.  Sexual sins with a minor can also be forgiven but there is civil laws to be obeyed and God’s vengeance to consider.    The truth is the truth is the truth, when it is tampered with by sinful man God will do something.

About follow1in3

I am a Roman Catholic priest ordained for the Diocese of Wilmington, DE who is also a victim of clergy sexual abuse. I am often angered by the insensitiviy and hostility of other clergy, the hierarchy and the so-called people-of-God. If clergy, bishops included, really and truly understood abuse, (any kind of abuse), I would not feel the need to blog on occasion. It is very frustraing.
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