Friday, March 17, 6:30-7:30 a.m. - Annual St. Patrick's Day protest of Catholic politicians giving public scandal, particularly Sen. Joseph Biden and Rep. Michael Castle, by attending Mass at St. Pat's and receiving Holy Communion. This is an event for Catholics (or anyone) who want to give public witness to the Church's admonition that "You cannot be Catholic and pro-abortion." We will hold signs with this message as we assemble outside the church at 15th & King Sts. in downtown Wilmington. This is a peaceful, prayerful event.
Now, Bishop Saltarelli called upon Catholic politicans not to receive Communion
The promotion of abortion by any Catholic is a grave and serious matter. Objectively, according to the constant teaching of the Scriptures and the Church, it would be more spiritually beneficial for such a person to refrain from receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. I ask Catholics in this position to have the integrity to respect the Eucharist, Catholic teaching and the Catholic faithful.
Apparently, Biden and Castle haven't obeyed. Will the bishop take nay action to enforce this decision? (My guess is no: he's close to the mandatory retirement age of 75 and doing so would tie the hands of his successor should he resign on time.) The bishop or his successor will come under a good deal of pressure to do something in 2008 if Biden does campaign for the Presidency, especially if he's a strong candidate. Plus, given the intense pressure on Democratic Presidential candidates to affirm their unlimited and unequivocal support for abortion, Biden will likely be making many statements directly at odds with the Catholic faith. He'd do himself and his Church a lot of good if he stopped receiving Communion now. Of course, he'd the most good for himself if he switched his position to pro-life. It might cost him his chance at the Presidency, and maybe even re-election in Delaware, but it might gain him far more.
"For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?" - Matthew 16:26, Douay Rheims version
(I'm focusing on Biden because he attends Mass. I'm not aware that Castle does other than apparently St. Patrick's Day.)