I agree with Suzanne.
I like to be optimistic but as far as Bishops are concerned, the proof is in the pudding. And it’s a brutal pudding.
Stories like John-Henry Weston’s and Jimmy Akin’s and so many more out there try to paint a hopeful picture, but let’s face it, if Pope Francis is truly aggravated and heart-broken about the “legal” daily destruction of unborn children throughout the “Christian” world, he just missed his biggest opportunity at his inaugural Mass. After all, there were powerful dignitaries and representatives from all over the world and some—if not many—of those were the very perpetrators of legislation aimed at killing the innocents.
What could Pope Francis have done? He really didn’t have to deny Holy Communion to anyone present, as Jimmy Akin discussed. Fair enough, perhaps he didn’t want to be the one distributing Holy Communion but imagine if he had simply made the following announcement to all those gathered at the opportune moment:
Please be reminded that Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular as regards the Church’s position on abortion, and all those who have done so in any respect are requested, for the good of their own soul, to refrain from presenting themselves.
Had he done so, unborn children would have been rejoicing. What is now the most dangerous place in the world—the womb—would be a much safer place.
But I fear it will be more of the same bad news.