Catholic World News reports about what appears to be an effort by politicans and some of their chums to have bishops not apply canon 915 to those obstinately persisting in manifest grave sin when the grave sin in question involves politicians' responsibilities. Which raises the question of whether those of us in other professions besides politics get to get a pass when it comes to obstinately persisting in manifest grave sins involving our professions. According to CWN, the group in question doesn't want politicians publicly embarrassed by being denied Holy Communion. Maybe we should extend that to Catholic bankers who steal or other Catholics in public view who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin. We sure wouldn't want people who publicly dissent from Church teaching on grave matters and who faciliate evil and scandalize others by their actions to be publicly challenged and embarrassed.
While they're at it, perhaps those calling for bishops and others to ignore canon 915 when it comes to politicians should call on the Archbishop of San Francisco to apologize. Not for giving Holy Communion to two men dressed up as caricatures of nuns, in high heels, lipstick, and white clown-face makeup, who caught the Archbishop by surprise--the Archbishop has already apologized for his mistake in giving the "nuns" Holy Communion. No, our canon-915-denying friends should call him to apologize for apologizing. After all, by apologizing for giving Holy Communion, the Archbishop implied he made a mistake. Which, in turn, may embarrass the two men dressed as caricatures of nuns. They may think they did something wrong. Indeed, others who have heard of the incident may think that dressing in that manner to receive Holy Communion is inappropriate or wrong. How embarrassing.
The Archbishop should apologize for apologizing at once, lest all those folks be embarrassed.
Here is the statement, "A Call to Observe Civility in Political Debate", on the website of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, not to be confused with Catholics for the Common Good, the latter being committed to genuine application of Catholic social teaching.