From the National catholic Reporter (NcR)
I think the good Senator, Tim Kaine makes some valid points. I would agree with him that the bishops in general should not be micromanaging Catholic politicians in their job.
However, a local bishop, let's say of Washington, DC; Wilmington, Delaware or even San Francisco might have something to say to a Catholic politician who through legislative moves, rhetoric or even executive decisions enables genocide, abortion even unto the last moment of pregnancy and infanticide and legal segregation.
And certainly, a Catholic in high political office promoting racism and prejudice should be called out too, not by the NCCB but by his/her own local bishop after the bishop has privately dialogued with the offending Catholic. If there is no satisfaction, I would say the local bishop has an obligation place a censure in a public way against the offending governmental leader. The offending leader, though, should not receive Holy Communion if he fears for his political life in his Democrat party by going against its platform. That shows what truly is important to him/her.
In fact, I would have no problem if President Biden, after a private conversation with his Delaware bishop and the Cardinal of Washington, DC simply stopped receiving Holy Communion. This doesn't have to be a public spectacle. Both Biden and Pelosi have made it a public spectacle by not honoring the Church, their local bishop and Catholicism by simply forgoing the reception of Holy Communion on their own.
I know that when I was a lay Catholic, I did not go to Communion when I thought I was in a state of mortal sin. I did not need my bishop or priest telling me not to go. I just didn't go until I went to Confession.
Isn't is time for Democrat pro-choice politicians to act like adults and do the right thing?
I find Senator Kaine's entire article just a bit too self serving for himself and the Democrat Party which in many areas has gone off the rails.
And to use Pope Francis statement that Holy Communion is a medicine not a weapon is just plain ridiculous. It is a medicine for those who know they are sinners and for public sinners have repented of their sin.
Receiving Holy Communion as some kind of talisman that will convert a hardened heart without the person's free-will cooperation sounds like superstition.
I wonder, too, how these self-serving pro-choice, pro-genocide, pro-infanticide polliticians would have felt if President Trump had been a Catholic. Would they be scandalized if he received Holy Communion every Sunday, despite the fact he has several marriages and his current marriage is not convalidated in the Catholic Church?
Are Catholic politicians in illicit marital unions thus allowed to brag that they go to Holy Communion every Sunday because they can make their own decisions about this?