Pope to pro-choice pols: How does excommunication grab you?

posted at 12:38 pm on May 9, 2007 by Allahpundit

We could have gone with Pelosi for the thumbnail, too, of course, but this is really Rudy’s issue now, isn’t it?

Say, isn’t Rudy already excommunicated by virtue of his divorce from Donna Hanover? Nope, as it turns out. That rule has gone the way of Limbo. Apparently he’s still a full-fledged member of the Church in good (or fair) standing. For the moment.

We actually posted on this subject back in March, when the Pope warned Catholic politicians not to stray too far from the flock on this rather important Church teaching. But not until now has he talked penalties.

The Pope was asked whether he supported Mexican Church leaders threatening to excommunicate leftist parliamentarians who last month voted to legalize abortion in Mexico City.

“Yes, this excommunication was not an arbitrary one but is allowed by Canon (church) law which says that the killing of an innocent child is incompatible with receiving communion, which is receiving the body of Christ,” he said.

“They (Mexican Church leaders) did nothing new, surprising or arbitrary. They simply announced publicly what is contained in the law of the Church… which expresses our appreciation for life and that human individuality, human personality is present from the first moment (of life)”.

I love the dateline on the piece. Exit question: Can Rudy turn this to his advantage by defying the Pope and making it a faux-principled church/state issue?

Update: Don’t laugh too hard, border enforcers. You might be next.

This week the head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Cardinal Roger Mahoney, basically threatened his faithful with denial of heaven if they don’t support amnesty for illegal aliens. The good Cardinal said: “Anything that tears down one group of people or one person, anything that is a negative in our community, disqualifies us from being part of the eternal city.”


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