“My concern is the fear that the intense polarization and bitter battles of partisan politics may be seeping into the broader ecclesial life of our Catholic people and maybe even of our Conference,” he said. Still, McCarrick said his committee was chagrined by the “frustrating reality” of Catholic politicians who reject the church’s teachings on abortion. “Our concern is not politics, nor just particular policies, but their faith and even their salvation. These dialogues are not about winning votes, but saving souls,” he said..
Apparently, it would surprise Cardinal McCarrick to learn that pro-lifers are precisely concerned with these people’s souls. By receiving communion while (at least) in a state of mortal sin, if not de facto excommunication, these people “eat and drink condemnation unto themselves.” Anyone who consumes the Eucharist in a state of mortal sin commits a worse sin than the one before.
That is McCarrick’s theological problem. He adopts the modern theory that the ‘healing power of the Eucharist’ extends to people in states of mortal sin.
This isn’t about partisan politics. After all, a great many Republicans are pro-abortion, including President Bush. This is about people standing up publicly and rejecting Church teaching, publicly, then coming to Church, publicly, and receiving the Body of Christ and saying they’re “good Catholics.”
In the 60s, the Church excommunicated politicians who supported segregation. Throughout the period from the 1500s-1800s, the Church excommunicated various politicians and monarchs who supported slavery.
Suddenly, though, politicians who support the most evil act in the world are embraced and welcomed.