OK, I admit, when I heard that Obama chose Joe Biden as his running mate I was glad. I mean, this is not someone who can inspire anybody to vote for the ticket, and he is public with many, many gaffes that won't look bad in McCain commercials. But this is a religious blog, not a political blog.
In that area the Biden selection is especially troublesome-- nefarious, even. And despite how he is he can win votes by what he claims to be, with a carefully crafted strategy.
He says he is a Catholic. Just not one who supports the Fifth Commandment.
We all know that Biden supports the legalized murder of innocent babies by the millions-- the euphemism is "pro-choice". Not surprising, since a Democrat can't run for any office higher than state senate without selling his soul to Planned Parenthood and NARAL. But in the two news cycle days since the selection, Biden's religious identification has been prominently reported (for that matter, so has Pelosi's).
And here is the dilemma, the challenge, and the opportunity for Catholic priests and bishops: Biden wants one of two things. He will get one or the other.
He wants to be the Catholic candidate who goes to Mass, receives Communion, and publicly advocates abortion. He wants to de-claw the potentially powerful adversary that is the Church. He will be able to claim to the all-too-large segment of the Catholic population that is soft on abortion that it really is OK to support abortion as long as you [fill in issue of the day]. You see, the Church really doesn't mind. Wink, wink! See, I am a weekly communicant!
If this fails, he gets something even better for the ticket (I am speaking purely in the short-term, temporal sense). If he is ever publicly denied Holy Communion, he gets to be the anti-martyr "oppressed", like Bozek, Doyle and Lears, for instance, by the hate-mongering Church. This will translate to votes in a sick society. Everyone loves to bash the Church. Human nature being what it is, people who cling to any secret sin like to see the Church put out of the conscience-informing, truth-asserting business.
The Sunday news shows trumpeted the fact that Biden attended Mass on Sunday. No word on whether he received Communion. But on the video there was the priest, smiling and shaking his hand after Mass. Is he tacitly giving support to Biden's "I'm Catholic but pro-abortion" position? I'll let the reader decide. What I want to know is the name of the priest and the phone number of the Bishop. Under Pius X this priest would be reassigned to Outer Mongolia before the end of the day. Until something else could be arranged.
I know there are many well-meaning Catholics who believe that the charitable response is private remonstrance and greater catechesis. Whatever the merits of this position it necessitates an errant but well-meaning sinner who may be open to the truth. That is not the case here. These people know the teaching of the Church. They know abortion is condemned. They are in the pocket of the murderers. They seek to flout the Church's teachings in order to gain political power.
In the end, the let-sleeping-dogs-lie faction will come to realize, hopefully sooner than later, that the Church must do what is right and suffer the persecution that will inevitably come her way for so doing. They did it to our Master, and they will do it to us.
Pray for strength and protection, and do the right thing.
Bounce Biden and Pelosi and their ilk out of the Communion line at every opportunity.
Then batten down the hatches.
Update: Further to the point see this article in the California Catholic Daily.