My kindergarten was at a convent school, and I eventually studied at a Jesuit university; in between, I was an altar boy and became (or realized I was) an atheist. But even if you weren’t blessed with a Catholic upbringing, do read British human rights advocate and devout RC Benedict Rogers on Carrie Lam’s betrayal of her faith…
A Catholic should be ready to genuflect, bow, kneel or prost[r]ate oneself before God alone, but a Catholic should never kowtow or kneel before a dictator, a tyrant, a criminal or before evil.
…At Saturday’s Mass to consecrate and install Hong Kong’s Bishop Stephen Chow Sau-yan, SJ, it was noticeable that the administration’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, who has presided over the dismantling of the city’s freedoms and autonomy over the past four years, sat in the front row*. It was also very noticeable that she left just before Holy Communion.
…She needs to decide where her primary loyalties lie — to God, her Church and the people of Hong Kong or to the brutal Chinese Communist Party regime whose dirty work she has so eagerly done for her masters in Beijing. Ultimately, no person can serve two masters.
Carrie is also now rejecting ‘Western-style’ democracy, blaming the pursuit of it for Hong Kong’s economic imbalance and ineffective governance – both of which must surely be due to Beijing’s choice of local leaders since 1997.
Security Secretary PK Tang is denouncing exiled activist Nathan Law as ‘despicable’ for speaking at Joe Biden’s democracy summit (and don’t forget ‘coward’ and ‘traitor’). And Hong Kong and Macau Affairs boss Xia Baolong urges Hongkongers to cast their ‘sacred’ ballots to show their confidence in ‘One Country, Two Systems’. But they don’t claim to follow the teachings of Christ (unless Tang does – not sure). Perhaps the answer to the question ‘what does Carrie believe?’ is simply ‘whatever she is told to’.
On when not to accept Holy Communion, a word from the experts…
If we are in the state of mortal sin, it is better to abstain from receiving Our Lord.
* I remember hearing that when new Governor David Wilson first attended Sunday service at the Anglican cathedral, the colony’s aristocrats were horrified that he took a pew at the back with the amahs.