As a sister Catholic, I have a plea to Nancy Pelosi this morning: Don’t do it. Don’t make the papal Mass about you or a political statement. The Vatican wants bishops to shepherd pro-choice Catholic pols — you can’t be a pro-choice Catholic pol — and Pelosi (who was at dinner last night) insists on receiving Communion. If the pope, unknowingly perhaps, gives her Communion, the image will be a damaging one — in one picture, undoing what he’s trying to ingrain in Church leaders. She knows this is a big deal. I know it means something to her — but she should have this fight another day.
It’s a tough thing. No one wants to judge. No one can know another’s soul. But we know voting records and rhetoric and we know what it taught. And I just don’t want to see a beautiful Mass become a political statement. We’ll see. God bless all who will be at Nationals stadium today, Democrat, Republican, everyone.