Denying Communion to Catholic Politicians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(June 16, 2004)
The Catholic media Coalition (CMC) issued a statement today calling upon
all United States bishops to deny Holy Communion to Catholic politicians
who openly oppose Church teachings. Catholic
politicians, such as Senator John Kerry, who publicly support abortion,
should be advised privately by their local Ordinary that because of their
opposition to Church doctrine, they should not present themselves to
receive Communion. If this
private admonition fails, and the politician comes forward at Mass to
receive the Eucharist, the priest may offer a blessing to him, but should
deny him Holy Communion.
Mary Ann Kreitzer said, “When Catholic politicians unequivocally reject
Church teaching and yet receive Holy Communion, they are committing
sacrilege. They place their
souls in grave jeopardy. Scripture
tells us that anyone who receives Communion unworthily brings condemnation
upon himself. They also harm
others who may be led astray by this bad example, and they sow confusion
among the faithful.”
separation of Church and state, Kreitzer had this to say:
“The Catholic Church is not telling John Kerry how to vote, but
is simply reminding him of the consequences he can expect when he publicly
champions abortion. He is
free to vote as he pleases. But
he is not free to receive Communion afterwards.”
all United States Catholic bishops to follow the examples of Bishops
Raymond Burke, Fabian Bruskewitz, Michael Sheridan, John Myers, Thomas
Wenski, Alfred Hughes and others who have publicly stated their opposition
to pro-abortion politicians receiving Holy Communion.
“We need bishops with backbone,” Kreitzer said.
“The bishops have a holy duty to protect the Sacraments and to
admonish those who persist in public, obstinate error.
When they fail in this duty, they reveal that their lack of courage
and personal conviction.
The CMC website (www.catholicmediacoaltion.org) contains further information about politicians and Communion. See especially Barbara Kralis’ article, “A Primer on Canon 915.” The Catholic Media Coalition is a national association of independent writers, websites and newsletters dedicated to upholding the Catholic Faith. Contact them at email@example.com
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