Quote of the Day: Pro-choice politicians and Communion


Unfortunately, a lot of Catholics still don’t get it. Here’s is yet another quote from a Bishop clarifying the issue:

“The Canon is completely clear, it is not subject in my judgment to any other interpretations. When someone is publicly and obstinately in grave sin we may not administer Holy Communion to the person. And that, basically, for two reasons: number one, to prevent the person himself or herself from committing a sacrilege, and secondly, to protect the sanctity of the Holy Eucharist. In other words, to approach, to receive our Lord in Holy Communion, when one insists on remaining in grave sin, is such a violation of the sanctity of the Holy Eucharist, so that Communion must not be given to people who are publicly, obstinately, in grave sin.” – Archbishop Burke

Find the whole transcript here. (courtesy of American Papist.)

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Jeanne March 26, 2009 at 11:44 am
alloycowboy March 26, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Did you know Nancy Pelosi former chief of staff Cecile Richards is now the head of Planned Parenthood. Nancy Pelosi well in bed with the abortion industry.

Manya March 27, 2009 at 8:47 am

I don’t know how a priest could refuse communion to anyone for one simple reason – no one can know whether or not that person has repented and gone to confession at some point prior to that moment of communion. Even a very public figure, like Nancy Pelosi, “could” repent, receive the sacrament of reconciliation and then go to receive communion the next day. The priest or bishop giving communion could very well not know that she did those things. It’s a tricky situation.
I suppose the priest could quietly ask the person if that was the case and if they say they have not repented nor received absolution, then the priest could choose to give them a blessing instead of communion….?

Matthew Warner March 27, 2009 at 8:58 am

Manya – the logic you are citing is why the Church does not even attempt to deny communion to the millions of Catholics in our country that support Abortion and all kinds of other anti-catholic things. In truth, they should not be receiving communion either, but the Church has no way to know these things and that is left for God to deal with.

The Church makes exception for politicians and other public figures such as Nancy Pelosi because it is a matter of public scandal in the Church. And regardless of her personal feelings on the matter, she has and is currently publicly supporting and promoting anti-Catholic activity. Therefore, it is prudent to deny her communion under this canon law.

Just by allowing her to receive communion it creates a public scandal that allows Catholics to believe that what this lady (or any person) is doing publicly is OK to do and still be Catholic – and that’s not true. It does all kinds of damage and confusion to the faithful.

Roger April 2, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Matthew is right: the context changes when the dissent or grave sin is a matter of public knowledge. A priest cannot expose the sin of someone, but if that person has already exposed herself, then he is held to withhold Communion for her own spiritual well-being.

In such matters, it would seem that a public sin requires also a public notice of repentance and reconciliation (not the same as a public confession). That would be the only way a public scandal could be avoided or redressed.

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