On Tuesday, 13 legislators in Massachusetts filed a motion with the Supreme Judicial Court claiming that the court did not have jurisdiction in the Goodridge case and thus the ruling should be vacated. The crux of their case is this provision in the Massachusetts state constitution:
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NewsMax reports that Cardinal McCarrick is not comfortable denying Communion to those who obstinately persist in manifest grave and public sin, so instead the US bishops will recommend the withholding of honorary degrees from Catholic universities, honors from dioceses, and invitations to speak at Catholic institutions. Horrors! Oh, the pain of such scorn. How could they do such a horrible thing?
That’s like disciplining your child by telling him you won’t allow him to eat brussel sprouts. He’ll shrug his shoulders and chalk it up to good luck.
What’s more, does anyone really believe that, say, Georgetown will be swayed from granting John Kerry an honorary degree if it feels like it?
Cardinal Arinze’s statement last Friday that pro-abortion CINO politicians be refused Communion was not a mere suggestion. It is canon law: “Those who are excommunicated or interdicted after the impostion or declaration of the penalty and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” (Canon 915) I see no provision there for whether the priest or bishop “feels comfortable in denying the Eucharist.” His comfort is irrelevant. The law is clear and just. Either carry it out or resign and Rome can find someone who will.