Opening up a copy of the Washington Times this morning, I was immediately confronted with this ad regarding the upcoming Red Mass in DC. (pdf file)
The Red Mass is an annual celebration in the Catholic Church that includes those in the legal profession. The Mass usually draws a large number of individuals in both the legal and political professions. This year's celebration is notable because of the attention focused on political figures who claim to be both Catholic and pro-abortion. The celebrants at this year's Mass, Cardinal McCarrick of Washington and Archbishop O'Malley of Boston, have been reluctant to enforce Church teachings on this issue.
"Cardinal McCarrick and Archbishop O'Malley must invoke their authority to enforce the Church's age-old teachings on abortion and the Eucharist," said Brown. "Canon Law 915 clearly states that those who 'obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Communion.' Obviously individuals who promote the killing of preborn children fall into that category."
The ad, in case you're too lazy to go to the link, reads, in part:
Some Catholic politicians would just kill to receive Communion at this Mass.
(Photos of McCarrick and O'Malley)
Some Catholic bishops would let them.
Although I pretty consistently have reservations about ALL's strong language (while also having praise for some of their creative outreach for the pro-life cause), I'm actually rather torn on this one. Because, indeed, it will be interesting to see what happens, in this year of Canon 915. It's worth drawing attention to, but probably in not such incendiary terms, and at such expense. Who's going to be there? Will they receive? What will it all mean? We'll just have to wait and see...