Michael Patrick over at the Rome Free blog notes how the Obama administration’s chosen contingent to attend Pope Francis I’s inaugural mass includes Vice President Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, each of whom will whip out their Catholicism whenever convenient, i.e. will score political and/or lapdog media brownie points. Curiously, they go either mysteriously mute or keep on blithering whenever it is pointed out their espoused beliefs are in direct conflict with the church’s teachings on matters such as abortion. Silly church.
Patrick nicely points out a probable reason why these folk were selected:
Yeah, you get the sense the White House is trying to pick a fight or at least testing the waters to see how much our new pope is going to let them get away with. And if you’re anything like me, you hope just a little bit that Pope Francis will tell Biden, Pelosi, and DeGioia to sit back down when they present themselves for Holy Communion — if for no other reason than for the good of their own souls.
That there may well be a scene is strongly suggested by the Pontiff’s words from 2007 when he was serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires:
The remarks came during the presentation of a document called the Aparecida Document, a joint statement of the bishops of Latin America.
The document, which the new Pope presented on behalf of his colleagues at the time and signed off on, said referring to abortion and communion, “We should commit ourselves to ‘Eucharistic coherence,’ that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive Holy Communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”
Is the administration so clueless as to not know the Pope’s words? (Possibly.) Or is it so arrogant that it believes there is no way Biden, Pelosi et al will be refused Communion? (Most likely.) If they attempt to receive it and are turned away, how hysterical will the media reaction be to this seeming affront when the actual affront is believing one can act politically in any manner one pleases with no regard paid to the church’s teachings with which one claims affiliation? (Extremely.)
Stalin once sneeringly asked how many divisions (a military unit of between 10,000 and 30,000 soldiers) the Pope had when told of the Holy Father’s power. Given how John Paul II played no small part in bringing down the Soviet Union Stalin once led, apparently quite the number considering the USSR fell without a shot being fired by the Vatican. Obama, Biden and Pelosi would be well advised to note this lest they, too, become like Stalin; modern day Ozymandias crumbling in the desert while the faithful continue as they have for the past two thousand years: lighting the candles, saying the prayers and living out their faith, the one that chuckles at the vain efforts of vain people to turn its course in their favor.