I have never seen so many raw nerves in the Catholic Church and directed toward our pope, bishops and priests. I think lay Catholics are at a breaking point with all of the scandals, controversies and idiocy that we see in high places, McCarrick just one ugly, scandalous scenario of way too many.
I have counseled several parishioners who are fed up with the hierarchy and truly angry at Cardinal Gregory's graciousness toward the President-elect in offering him Holy Communion. They simply don't understand the politics of cardinals and bishops.
President Elect Joe Biden is the most virulent pro-abortion President who happens to be the second Catholic elected to the presidency.
Is it too difficult for the bishops and the Cardinal of Washington, DC simply tell President Biden, we want to work with you and we are glad you attend Mass. However, given your stance on abortion, gender ideology and euthanasia, please refrain from receiving Holy Communion. Is that too difficult?
As it is we have Cardinal Gregory saying he won't refuse the president-elect Holy Communion as he doesn't want to weaponize the Holy Eucharist. But when a person receives Holy Communion in a state of mortal sin or public apostasy, that will not go well for their salvation and is another mortal sin. Does the Cardinal not care about the immortal soul of the president-elect?????
But worse for Catholics of good will is that you have Cardinal Gregory saying one thing, Cardinals Burke and Mueler, Archbishop Chaput and Bishops Aquilla and Strickland among others saying the president-elect should not receive Holy Communion. And the Bishop of Charleston backed one of his South Carolina priests last year who refused the then former Vice President Biden Holy Communion.
Can't there be a canon law for everyone and each bishop follow it? Is that too much to ask?