In a interview via AMDG.
In an interview published Saturday by Inside the Vatican, the Cardinal [Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments], somewhat exasperatedly, responded once again to the question. In the interview he compared the situation to a person in favour of killing politicians and asked rhetorically if such a person should be denied communion. He said: Suppose somebody voted for the killing of all the members of the House of Representatives, ‘for all of you being killed. I call that pro-choice. Moreover, I am going to receive Holy Communion next Sunday.’ Then you ask me, should he be given communion. My reply, ‘Do you really need a cardinal from the Vatican to answer that question?’ Can a child having made his First Communion not answer that question? Is it really so complicated? The child will give the correct answer immediately, unless he is conditioned by political correctness. It is a pity, cardinals have to be asked such questions."
This is because the bishops as a whole commit the sin of commision. The sin of commision is instead of making the common sense and theologically correct decision they instead create a commision. Have you ever heard of the members of a commision that were martyred for their faith? Neither have I and I doubt if I will see it any time soon.
The sin of commision leads to silliness like:
McCarrick plans to seek advice on this at meetings with Catholic Democrats and Republicans this week who were recommended by their local bishops. [Source]
Maybe I am dense, but I don’t see what needs to be investigated and how Cardinal McCarrick’s commision could just go on and on without ever coming to a definitive conclusion. The main question seems to me to be do you care enough about a public sinner that you withhold Communion out of care for their soul? Sure there are prudential questions about taking actions that appear to be political. But which is more important someone’s soul or appearances? Secondly what about the scandal caused by those openly in defiance of the Church and in objectively grave sin receiving Communion? It seems to me as priories go the pastorally sensitive questions are totally outweighed by points one and two. But then again I am only an armchair bishop.
Cardinal Arinze’s example reminds me of a question someone on Mark Shea’s blog asked a bit of time ago.
IF SOME POLITICIAN favored a law which authorized the beheading and dismemberment of a very moderate number of Catholic bishops ~ annually ~ would the bishops say "…but where does he stand on tax reform"?"
The answer to which I wrote in my post Every Bishop a Wanted Bishop.