Battle for the Catholic Brand
To some extent, I’m probably out of sync with the perceptions of the general public, on this one, but I find this sort of thing astonishing:
In a televised forum that was by turns casual and bitter, the two leading Democrats vying for US Senate were both heavily critical of the Catholic Church during a discussion of their own personal faith.
US Representative Michael Capuano and Attorney General Martha Coakley both said Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin’s overreacted in his written request that US Representative Patrick Kennedy not take communion because of the Rhode Island Democrat’s stance on abortion. …
“I consider myself a Catholic and I disagree with my church on several items,” [Capuano said,] listing abortion, gay marriage, and the restrictions on women and married men from serving as priests. …
“I also disagree with the institution and the role they played in hiding pedophile priests for years,” [Coakley] said. “It seems to me a little bit ironic that a church that was willing to overlook the victimization of many, many children over several years is now turning around and saying to people who are good Christians, good Catholics, that, ‘You can’t join this.'” …
City Year co-founder Alan Khazei, who is also Catholic, said he does take communion even though he is pro-choice.
He initially said he would still choose to take communion, even if a bishop told him not to, but later said, “If my priest said I can’t take communion, then I wouldn’t be able to do it.”
It’s as if some Democrat politicians are choosing to go to political war with the Church over the Catholic brand, which really amounts to an atrocious show of ego and vanity. Look, it’s a sad development whenever people leave the faith, but it compounds the disagreement with aggression to reject its teachings while insisting on the justification for keeping its benefits. Indeed, doing so illustrates precisely why accepting the Eucharist while out of communion with the Church layers sin on sin. And as far as relevance of the scandal to bishops’ right to shepherd, one expects the Democrats would reject attempts to tar them with any and all evils of their party.
Two things are increasingly clear: The Democrat Party is moving in a direction that Roman Catholics simply cannot follow and remain Roman Catholics. The particular Democrats in the quotation above are not fit to lead the nation.