Dear Congresswoman Pelosi,
Thank you for clarifying for all U.S. Catholics the meaning of the word “apostasy.” Your May 10 letter to Cardinal McCarrick qualifies for what the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines as the “total repudiation of the Christian faith” (�2089). That, by the way, is a document you may wish to consult before writing another letter to a prince of Christ’s Church.
Not only did your letter manifest an utterly infantile understanding of the Catholic Faith-the Blessed Sacrament is properly called the Eucharist, not the “sacrament of holy communion,” please-it was intellectually dishonest in the extreme. Your lip service paid to the teaching office of the bishops while knifing their authority in the back is a treachery that deserves the scathing contempt of every honest person, Catholic or otherwise.
You have lost your faith. Just admit it. One either accepts the hierarchy of truths and the hierarchy of authority, or she doesn’t. You obviously don’t. In such case by continuing to call yourself Catholic you are gambling with the most precious of all birthrights, your own soul; and it’s yours to lose. I can understand that it is not politically correct to care about your immortal soul-prescription drug benefits are more popular in Washington-but at least have the decency not to make the souls of others “twice as fit for hell” as you. Have you forgotten about the millstone? The Lord delivered that image to another group of sophisticated public officials who scandalized the weak in faith.
All those who dare call themselves Catholic while shamelessly advocating the death of Christ’s “least brethren” will not have the Supreme Court to appeal to on the Day of Judgment. There is a Supreme Judge that you should be more concerned about. However, He obliges no one to remain in the Catholic Church. Membership is, above all, a free “choice.” The door of the Church that opens wide to welcome every repentant sinner swings both ways. In the Name of Jesus, use it and spare the rest of us your perversity.
I hold out hope that some day you will see the light and want to reconcile with the Church you have so brazenly betrayed. If so, call me. I will hear your confession. But get ready to do some serious penance.
Update: Tom of Disputations has some thoughts on this letter. What I enjoy so much about Disputations is that it helps me to sometimes reflect deeper on a subject and to help me rethink what I might rant about. In this case I think his analysis is correct and my initial positive reaction was just a response to desiring something stronger than the normal weak and pandering language we often hear on the subject.