by Richard Ducayne • ChurchMilitant • September 29, 2016
RICHMOND – Catholics in the diocese of Richmond, Virginia, some who are also part of ChurchMilitant’s Resistance movement, were kicked off of diocesan property while requesting their local bishop enforce Canon 915 with regard to Democrat Senator Tim Kaine.
Canon 915 reads, “Those who have been excommunicated … and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” Kaine, a self-professed Catholic, is a longtime advocate of abortion and gay “marriage,” and is a regular communicant in Bp. Francis DiLorenzo’s diocese of Richmond. He’s been chosen by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to be her running mate.
The group of faithful Catholic held signs and prayed outside of the building when a man, escorted by a police officer, exited the building and told the demonstrators they were not allowed to park or stand in the diocesan parking lot next to the building. A local Resistance member, Paul Nelson, spoke to ChurchMilitant about the scene.
“I said ‘Let me get this straight. We are Catholics, this is our diocese, and we are visiting for a peaceful rally, and you are kicking us out of the parking lot that we, in essence, pay for as parishioners?’ He said coldly, ‘Yes, sir.'”
Later during the rally, the organizer attempted to deliver the group’s letter to the bishop by hand when she was stopped by the diocesan employee and his police officer escort. “[T]he organizer of this rally had all of us sign a very respectful letter to the bishop and she tried to hand-deliver it to the bishop’s office,” Nelson explained. “She was intercepted by a diocese employee who said she could not enter, and they refused to take the letter. She was told to ‘put it in the mail.”
“I couldn’t believe it,” he added. Nelson went on to explain that the demonstrators were watched very closely as they began to set up on the sidewalk, off of diocesan property. Even so, the effort from the diocese to decrease the effectiveness of the rally was in vain.
We all said the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Angelus, the Memorare, and we sang a few hymns. They prepared some great signs for us to hold up. There were some huge posters of the Blessed Mother, St. Michael and others. We stood on a busy corner, and as the many cars went by, they had no real choice but to see what we were about. All in all, it was a great experience.