Fr. Roger Landry to bishops: You haven't converted ANY pro-abortion politicians, so it's time to try a new approach
Fr. Landry's editorial (click on this post's title) in the September 11 issue of The Anchor is about that subject, too. He notes that the bishops' "educating" policy has not converted any politician, has not made any politician less pro-abortion, and in fact has taught these politicians that they can be 100% pro-abortion and still go to Communion. Fr. Landry writes:
"Jesus spoke of a different way in the Gospel (Mt 18:15-18). It involves not merely general educational statements that we hope offenders will apply to themselves in conscience, but the type of one-on-one instruction traditionally called fraternal correction. If that fails, and fails repeatedly, Jesus enjoined us to regard the offender as someone who no longer belongs to the community, who is no longer a member in good standing.
"This may seem harsh, but we should remember that Jesus always seeks nothing but the best for His Church and for individual sinners, even obstinate sinners. Implied in Jesus' strategy is that education involves not just information but formation, and that you can't form disciples without discipline. This is a lesson that after four decades of the undeniable failure of another approach, we need to consider anew."
Cardinal Mahony, are you listening? Auxiliary bishops, are you listening? Reverend clergy, are you listening? Is Fr. Landry right? What should you do about all the pro-abortion Catholic politicians in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles? What are you going to do to save the little babies of our Archdiocese from these defiant politicians? Nothing? Or something (in fact, something new)?