Julianne Wiley writes
Dear Catholic friends,
A wonder of wonders, something to be truly thankful for! Bishop William Weigand of the Diocese of Sacramento has confronted Gov. Gray Davis and other pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians: “As your bishop, I have to say clearly that anyone — politician or otherwise — who thinks it is acceptable for a Catholic to be pro-abortion is in very great error, puts his or her soul at risk, and is not in good standing with the Church. Such a person should have the integrity to acknowledge this and choose of his own volition to abstain from receiving Holy Communion until he has a change of heart.”
You can read it for yourself at http://diocese-sacramento.org/bishops/bishop.prolife.homily.2003.htm. Please take a look. It’s a blueprint for what EVERY bishop should be saying.
I’m sure the good Bishop will catch hell for this— All The Usual Suspects will say he’s “hateful,” “judgmental,” etc. —- so I urge you all to buck him up a little: let him know you think he’s doing the right thing.
I’m including my own letter here, maybe to inspire you?
January 23, 2003
Bishop William K. Weigand
Diocese of Sacramento
Sacramento, CA 95818-2541
Dear Bishop Weigand,
I am writing to thank you— from the heart—- for your recent statement that politicians who support abortion ought to abstain from Holy Communion.
St. Paul clearly taught “For he who eats and drinks [communion] in an unworthy manner, eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” (1 Cor.11:29) It is impossible that a person could discern the divinity of what looks like a wafer of bread, while denying the humanity of what looks like a tiny baby! A baby — may I add— made in the Image and Likeness of God.
Thus a person who approves of abortion, does not discern “the Body”— the body of the Child who is an icon of God!
As Bishop, it is not only your right, but your solemn duty to prevent openly pro-abortion politicians from receiving the Lord’s Body unworthily. It is your duty to the politician himself— that he may not incur the sin of sacrilege. It is your duty to the congregation — that they may not take scandal. And it is your duty to the Sacrament — that It might not suffer profanation.
I appreciate your strong teaching in this matter. It lifts my heart to see holiness and truth upheld by one of Christ’s shepherds!
Gotta love Julianne’s particularly brilliant observation that you cannot recognize the Body of Christ whom you have not seen if you don’t recognize the body of a human being whom you have seen.