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By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing, June 1, 2022

*Image: The Last Judgment by Jan van Eyck, c. 1440-41 [The MET, New York]. This is the right panel of a diptych with The Crucifixion.

The Rev. Gerald E. Murray, J.C.D. is a canon lawyer and the pastor of Holy Family Church in New York City. His new book (with Diane Montagna), Calming the Storm: Navigating the Crises Facing the Catholic Church and Society, will be published on April 7, 2022.

Note: It’s a sad commentary on where many Catholics are today that Fr. Gerald Murray has to explain this morning some basic truths about Christ, His Church, and individual consciences. But here we are – in a place where we have to recover the very foundations of what it means to be a real Catholic. The Catholic Thing deals with many subjects but always with an eye to the steady perspective the Faith provides. I know that you value that perspective because you come here daily. If you want to be able to continue to do so – and to bring others to that saving vision, please, do your part in preserving the Catholic Thing. …


Fr. Gerald E. MurrayHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco may not realize it, but she is blessed to have a true pastor of souls as her bishop. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s love for her as a member of his flock prompted him to tell her something she does not want to hear, namely that she will not be allowed to receive Holy Communion in her home diocese until she has repented of her gravely sinful promotion of the killing of unborn children by abortion.

The duty of a bishop is not to humor a member of his flock, such as Mrs. Pelosi, who claims that her promotion of abortion is not in contradiction to her obligations as a follower of Christ in the Catholic Church. His duty is to lead his flock in the path of truth and virtue, which at times means rebuking someone who contradicts Christ’s truth in a matter of great importance. This episcopal duty is not simply a matter of exhorting someone to abandon wrongful ways. In the case of Speaker Pelosi such exhortations by Archbishop Cordileone have been frequent, and completely ignored. …