Herb Ely emailed me with his latest blog entry on the Catholic politician/Communion controversy. He says: “In this world of sound bite media treatment the church has allowed the question of membership to be reduced to a single, highly politicized dimension.” He then provides an anecdote of a Baptist church that suspended a member for joining the temperance movement and another for public drunkenness. Then he concludes:
I agree that the bishops must speak out on human life issues. I agree that the Baptist church was right to speak out on the dangers of drunkenness. However, by letting the question of membership be framed on the single dimension of temperance that church obscured its devotion to the gospel. The bishops are falling into a similar trap.