I haven’t posted or commented on the situation of the Pepperdine law professor Douglas Kmiec and his experience with being refused Communion. It certainly has split the conservatives within Catholicism.
My readers know my position on the use of the liturgy and sacraments as a tool of persuasion. I appreciate bishops and pastors making good attempts to persuade Catholics who operate in the public eye. I prefer that such persuasion itself never come to the public eye. I just have no interest in making a habit or hobby of monitoring the sins or accused sins of others. And really, neither should any of the rest of us.
Let me call your attention to a very interesting thread at Crooks and Liars, a liberal blog that focuses on politics. The commentariat there is crude and vicious at times. A strangely familiar sensation, I tell you. But it gives some insight as to what happens in the camp on the other side of the culture wars where religion is concerned.
It should show the ineffectivity of using the Eucharist as a beating stick. As a tool for self-embarrassment, it seems to do the job just fine.