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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, July 05, 2022

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …


Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.” [Catechism of the Catholic Church, #3384]

Scandal affects all of us. The reception of Holy Communion by pro-abortion politicians is a chronic and wearisome example.

Catholics formed with an orthodox understanding of the sacraments and grace know that we never should approach Communion in the state of mortal sin. It is necessary to go to Confession before we receive Communion. Even prominent politicians are not exempt from Catholic teaching. While we can never judge a soul, we must accurately judge sinful behavior. The promotion of abortion by self-identified Catholic politicians scandalizes the faithful. …

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