An article in The Tidings's issue of May 14, 2004 (click on this post's title), "Cardinal: Education on abortion is more effective than sanctions," quotes Cardinal Roger Mahony's faulty line, "And, in fact, with respect to the Eucharist, it really is not possible for a priest or bishop to deny someone Communion unless that person is known to have been a public sinner, in the sense of having been interdicted or excommunicated or formally sanctioned in some way."
You would think any Prince of the Church could immediately recognize that being actively, publicly and proudly complicit in the DISMEMBERMENTS of MILLIONS of BABIES easily makes a politician a public sinner. But in Cardinal Mahony's case, you would be wrong.
The same article also runs this astounding statement from the Cardinal: "The politicians themselves are not going in for abortions; it's women themselves, so that's the group we need to influence." Only when Teddy Kennedy goes in for an abortion will Mahony talk to him!
Our Archbishop then committed this non-sequitur: "The positive efforts to educate people about the reality of abortion and to offer women alternatives are dealt a very negative blow if all of a sudden the [C]hurch starts sanctioning people."
The Tidings article adds, "Cardinal Mahony said Catholic leaders, including lay leaders, must have a regular dialogue with Catholic politicians, discussing political issues from the point of view of Catholic moral and social teaching. 'That's our responsibility,' he said. 'We have not been doing that effectively.'"
That last sentence is quite an admission from the Cardinal: "We have not been doing that [presenting Catholic moral and social teaching to politicians]effectively." Some 36 YEARS after aborting babies became legal in California, "we have not been doing that effectively."
Your Eminence, it is now two years since you said you had not been effective in teaching Catholic politicians. Is it not time for you to update us? Have you told all, or any, of the pro-abortion Catholic politicians in your Archdiocese that they may not keep backing abortions? And if they have defied you, have you kept after them, or have you let them off the hook? So many lives and souls are at stake here in L.A., every day; will you please tell us?