Update: See Bishop DiMarzio’s condemnation of both parties here.
We have seen in blistering detail the way the Church goes about dealing with the mere allegation of sexual impropriety between consenting adult parties when a priest is involved. If an allegation is deemed credible, the priest is out, laicized. The same for allegations involving minors. This is all to the good in the case of minors, and less so in the case of consensual relation between adults, as we have thoroughly vetted here at Coming Home this past week.
In the case of pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage politicians such as Governor Andrew Cuomo, the time has come for the bishops to remove the gloves. Yesterday, I posted an article by a Canon Lawyer who explored this in some detail. I also posted an article, wherein I opined that we have all, laity and clergy, waited too long and allowed too much corrosion to set in that led to this new gay marriage law. It was simply too little, too late.
Abortion and gay marriage are realities in America in no small measure because of Catholic politicians who have sponsored them and fiercely defended them. But for sporadic cases, one cannot point to the bishops for an example of a comparatively fierce defense of the faith regarding these issues. We see how effective the kid glove treatment has been.
In yesterday’s post, Canon Lawyer Ed Peters makes the case for Governor Cuomo being publicly denied communion until he repents. This is as much for his sake as it is for bringing clarity to the laity. The bishops are far more severe in their treatment of priests based solely on allegations, how much more muscular should their response be to Catholic politicians who visit such atrocity on our nation?
They are either ‘in communion’ with us, oneness in the Body of Christ, or they are not.
It’s time for a Dallas Charter for our rogue Catholics in high office.