[quote=AlanFromWichita]I’ve noticed it is fashionable for supporters of the Church to stand by and yell, “take that you evil politician” when she sanctions one.
This :clapping: to me seem like a spiritually incorrect way to deal with the news that one of our brothers has fallen away.
I think those who rejoice at the excommunication of a politician ought to excommunicate themselves and go minister to him.
Most of those excommunicated are my political foes, btw. No way would I support Kerry, but nor should I have rejoiced in the Church disciplining him. I’m sorry that I did revel in it a bit. Back in Sister Anne’s class in eighth grade, if I snickered when another was disciplined I’d get disciplined too.
Actually, I think the rejoicing is in the fact that the Church actually defender her teachings as true rather than just allowing the faithful to think they can pick and choose their way to salvation. Further, excommunication does not mean it is impossible to return to communion with Christ’s Church. It simply means that the person excommunicated has chosen not to be in communion. Some things, such as supporting or participating in an abortion, automatically cause excommunicaiton. It is not something the Church does but, rather, identifies. This identification can do great good in saving hundreds of souls under the influence of a prominent dissenter AND possibly the dissenter himself, whereas the status quo generally does not benefit the hundreds nor the dissenter.
Think of the “cheering” as for the first step in repentance, conversion, and communion with the Church. It is the prodigal son story, except at the very beginning stages - prior to what we read in the Gospel.
Also, when was the last time a politician was excommunicated? I don’t know of any recent cases.