ONE MORE COMMUNION THOUGHT
I think one more thing the bishops' critics do not completely understand is how antithetical denying communion is to their fundamental vocation.
Priests and seminarians I've spoken to about their vocations express an intense desire to "bring Jesus to the people." This is what they do at Mass every day, and this is what they feel called to do.
To then explicitly deny someone communion is to go against this instinct.
I'm not saying there aren't cases when this is the right thing to do, I'm saying that I don't think the critics understand how difficult it is for someone who has dedicated his life to bringing Jesus to people to not do so.