I was doing some research on an unrelated topic, and came across a letter that my Bishop wrote in the diocesan newspaper from 2004. He states that any parishioner who supports a candidate that is pro-choice, pro gay marriage, etc., “makes mockery of faith and belies his identity as a Catholic,” and should remain seated during communion.
Would the Catholic parishioners in my diocese be bound to obey the Bishop’s directive not to receive Holy Communion?
This is a thread that can easily go off the rails, so please limit yourself to answering the above question in bold.
Also, please note that the Bishop’s position is that he is not directing ppl on how to vote, rather is giving instruction about church teaching.
My Bishop is a very holy man, and I am a faithful Catholic who, for a variety of reasons, sometimes votes for candidates who do not hold to Church teaching. So this puts me in a pickle.