In olden days, a Catholic who directly participated in such a public, evil act would have been excommunicated. St. Ambrose, for example, excommunicated the Roman emperor Theodosius for a massacre of thousands in Thessalonica. But that was then, this is now—though the magnitude of the current evil exceeds that emperor’s act, and the direct guilt of which extends to generations of politicians who enacted our Moloch state. Yet, one is hard pressed in our time to find a bishop with the courage of an Ambrose or an Athanasius among our bishops in the US — or in the whole world for that matter. Instead of standing up in any substantial way to the so-called Catholic politicians; the vast majority of bishops prefer to avoid appearing incorrect in the eyes and opinion of the liberal media. Thus; for example, in the case of the Covington kids, their bishop still cared more to virtue signal to the media —- even when the innocence of the Catholic kids had become evident.
The episcopate today is an awful state and mess. Lay Catholics should not need to be calling for the excommunications of Gov. Cuomo and the Catholic legislators who voted for and cheered the passage of the law — as if they were spectators of some human blood spectacle in the Roman coliseum or the Circus Maximus. We shouldn’t need to call for them—the bishops should beat us to the punch.
There have been a couple bishops calling for excommunications on social media — but these bishops are the rarity. Unfortunately, as the whole McCarrick debacle points to, the process for selecting and promoting bishops was for the great part usurped and corrupted by a network of homosexuals and homosexual-friendly heretics years ago. A network that produced too many bishops who rose to prominence, e.g., Wuerl, Bernardin and McCarrick, and who water-downed the Church’s witness in countless ways, not least of which was turning a blind eye to blatant, public opposition to natural and divine laws of which the Church is meant to be the guardian. They offered the “seamless garment” theology which allowed an unseemly alliance with the political left; thereby muting the Church’s voice against abortion and other evils. Instead of firm and proactive resistance, we all too often see our bishops and cardinals offering mealy-mouth expressions of “sadness” when confronted by such evil acts; only for us to later see them yucking it up with these very same abortion-Catholics at parades, fancy dinners, etc.
God is not mocked. A day of reckoning is coming for the Church—and for the many quisling bishops and cardinals who aid and abet the evils of our time, such as abortion, by their silence (see The Historicity of Miracles: The case of Julian the Apostate and a lesson for our time ). While I expect it is more likely the bishop of Albany and Cardinal Dolan of New York will do nothing; what the situation demands are a number of public excommunications. Not just any excommunication. I, for one, would like to see the old rite of excommunication revived…the old “Bell, Book and Candle” as described below:
The ceremony should be televised (NB: If it were, it might look something like this scene from the movie Beckett, as some readers have suggested to me on twitter and by email). But, I won’t hold my breath; but this would be a very worthwhile and instructive ceremony for Catholics in the pew and the excommunicated—-many of whom have lost all reverence and understanding for the Real Presence in the Eucharist. Disgraceful, yes —- but for this the episcopate bears great blame. It should be no surprise that many have lost a true understanding of the Eucharist when for so many decades our bishops and cardinals have allowed it to be trampled upon by all sorts of manifest, public sinners. For over a half century much of the episcopate has been in bed with the world (figuratively and quite literally); allowing communion for manifest, public sinners—a dereliction of apostolic duty that now includes the possibility of communion for manifest adulterers (see The Errors of Mr. Walford’s ‘Pope Francis, The Family and Divorce’).
Folks old enough might remember the police television series called “Hawaii-5-O.” When Lt. Steve McGarrett arrested someone, he’d list the crimes and then tell officer Danny Williams: “book ‘em, Danno.” There are enough excommunicable offenses here to keep the bishop of Albany and Cardinal Dolan — and rest of that state’s bishops very busy. Time to “book ‘em, Danno”. Time to “bell, book and candle” them all.
Steven O’Reilly is a graduate of the University of Dallas and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He lives near Atlanta with his wife Margaret. He has written apologetic articles and is working on a historical-adventure trilogy, set during the time of the Arian crisis. He asks for your prayers for his intentions. He can be contacted at StevenOReilly@AOL.com (or follow on Twitter: @S_OReilly_USA).