Caroline Kennedy - continuing the pro-death traditionAnne Hendershott has an article in the Wall Street Journal that identifies Caroline Kennedy as a next generation pro-abortion Kennedy. Of course she just joins her cousins and uncle who have made their mark supporting the death of innocents while claiming the mantle of the the modern American Catholic. The scandal of the Kennedy family, with the noted exception of Eunice Shriver, has been ignored by most of the Church hierarchy and the resulting damage has been as detrimental to the Church's public persona as the recent scandals involving church personnel and their inability to control keep their vows and obey the teachings of the Church.
Of course for the last fifty years we have been treated to the public double standard reflected in the media. There are the Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and Chris Matthews types who are "enlightened" according to the press and then the "bishops" (arguably the orthodox ones) who should either shut up or bend to the times or get relevant or admit that the teachings need to change... Well you get the idea.
Yet the recent actions by the local bishop of Phoenix in addressing the ongoing scandal caused by a formerly popular local priest is a lesson for the other ordinaries in the country as they deal with the souls of errant political figures who claim the Catholic affiliation.
Simply stated, if we Catholics believe that a Catholic (or indeed anyone) who endorses or supports or votes for acts, bills or measures that will advance, support or continue a material evil and that cooperation with said evil would have an eternally debilitating effect on one's soul, it would be the height of charity (for you liberals that means real love), to deny the person the sacraments, publicly excommunicate him or her, and beg them to repent in order to save their own soul.
After all it would be very mean to leave them to their own perdition and for them to have to totally rely on the mercy of God, who would have to balance the 50 million souls murdered by the abortion industry, when all they would have to do is repent of the sin of supporting abortion and begin to support protecting all innocent human life.
That is - unless they believe they do not have to - or they believe it does not matter. or they just don't believe.
in that case God will be their judge.
And as the judge use to say to the condemned prisoner - May God have mercy on your soul.