My comments first: I know this will shock some people, but I am on the same page with Pope Francis when it comes to pastoral sensitivities although I am quite orthodox when it comes to the faith and morals of the Church as is Pope Francis.
Given my doctrinal and disciplinary orthodoxy, you might be surprised to know that I don't believe the Church or her leaders should be micromanaging the moral lives of parishioners. I would never refuse a Roman Catholic who comes forward to receive Holy Communion unless I thought there was a political statement about some issue that was being made. Such would be the case if someone had a tee shirt on that said "I'm divorced and remarried." Or "I am gay and promiscuous and love it." We live in a church were some Catholics try to do these things, but it is quite rare.
What the National Chismatic Reporter highlights in the article below is rare too, but it fits their ideological agenda to point the rare out in order to tug at heartstrings as progressives are prone to do, a form of manipulation, in order to promote their heterodox agenda . It is dishonesty pure and simple!
I think it is sufficient to say to Catholics in general that one must be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion. When one is in a state of mortal sin, one must go to Confession and receive Sacramental Absolution after having expressed sorrow and repented of their sin. But priests and bishops are not policemen. And neither should anyone in the pew! We don't judge who goes to Communion and who doesn't! That judgement belongs to God and God will do it and he will do it properly and not make any mistakes in doing it!
But with that said, what the National Chismatic Reporter's ideology and agenda is goes way beyond what I just expressed. It is more of the same drivel from them where they promote alternative lifestyles and even the abortion mentality to change the Church and make her into something else altogether different because they are disillusioned with the truth and the TRUTH, just like Judas was.
From the National Chismatic Reporter (NCR):
Some Catholic leaders need to follow Pope Francis' lead
A patient who suffered a heart attack at a Washington hospital recently told the Washington Post that a Catholic chaplain denied him last rites because he was gay.
Earlier this year, a Catholic middle school in Montana fired an unmarried teacher after she became pregnant. The superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese defended the decision with a cold legalism that would have made those letter-of-the-law Pharisees Jesus called to task proud.
Nothing sends a better “pro-life" message than kicking a vulnerable pregnant woman into unemployment, right? The Catholic superintendent must have missed that part in Pope Francis’s groundbreaking interview with a Jesuit journal where he said:
"If the Christian is a restorationist, a legalist, if he wants everything clear and safe, then he will find nothing…Those who today always look for disciplinarian solutions, those who long for an exaggerated doctrinal ‘security,’ those who stubbornly try to recover a past that no longer exists —they have a static and inward-directed view of things. In this way, faith becomes an ideology among other ideologies."
A Catholic priest in Missouri called a woman about to attend her mother's funeral and told her he would not give her Communion at the Mass because she was in a same-sex relationship. The parishioner had served as a lector, cantor and choir singer at the church for more than a decade. (A lesbian in the Archdiocese of Washington experienced the same treatment in 2012.) Pope Francis?
“The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak,” he said in his Apostolic Exhortation, the Joy of the Gospel. In fact, the pope's defining metaphor has been the need for the church to act like a "field hospital after battle," as Francis describes it in vivid terms. "It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds."
When the Boy Scouts of America announced it would drop its ban prohibiting openly gay youth a priest in Northern Virginia swiftly kicked out his church's Boy Scout troop. "No more compromising with the devil," the priest thundered as he denounced "perverted relationships."
Paging the Holy Father.
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” he told reporters on the papal plane after World Youth Day in Brazil. In a lengthy interview with the Jesuit priest and editor Antonio Spadaro, Pope Francis offers a lesson in humanity to clergy and other religious figures who reduce faith to ideology and rigid doctrine.
"A person once asked me in a provocative manner if I approved of homosexuality," the pope said. "I replied with another question. Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? We must always consider the person."
And then there is Archbishop John Myers of Newark, a man who wants to retire in style. The archbishop’s nearly 5,000-square foot vacation home is apparently not cushy enough for his tastes.
The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that a major new addition will include an indoor pool, three fireplaces and an elevator. The half a million dollar tab will be picked up by the archdiocese.
I'm afraid we're going to have to call on that Argentine making trouble at the Vatican once again.
Pastors should be “close to the people … animated by inner poverty, the freedom of the Lord and also by outward simplicity and austerity of life," Pope Francis said in a speech to papal nuncios, whose job includes nominating bishops. Bishops should not have, he insists, “the psychology of princes.”
Un-Christian behavior on the part of Christians is as old as Christianity itself. Jesus had to remind the Pharisees again and again that their prideful defense of the letter of the law led them to defile the law's spirit of justice, love and compassion.
Pope Francis has brought an unexpected season of renewal and hope for the Catholic Church not because he is a liberal or a conservative. He is inspiring so many because he acts like a Christian should act. Not a bad starting point for Catholic clergy and anyone who tries to follow in the footsteps of Christ.