Excommunication scene in Becket. Replaces an earlier video that was in Flash format. Note that link leads to a satirical comment.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bishops Go Nuclear—The Becket Option

Tomorrow is the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. For 36 years the bishops have been exhorting the politicians in their flock to respect life from its beginning to its end. For 36 years their exhortations have had no effect. Perhaps it’s time for the bishops to bring out the big guns, or to exercise the nuclear option, as St. Thomas Becket did some 800 years ago, and excommunicate the unrepentant sinners.

Tomorrow or soon thereafter, the bishop for each unrepentant abortion supporter, Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, et al. should publicly and ceremonially excommunicate those politicians. They should state the reason for the excommunication, and they should distribute the film to the networks and over the internet.

If their Catholic faith means anything to these politicians they will be brought to repentance. At the very least the ordinary Catholic will be forcibly reminded that abortion is a serious matter, and that the church takes her obligation to the unborn seriously.