This kind of shepherding calls people to think about the seriousness of what they are doing.
Bishops are supposed to warn their sheep not to do sinful things. Bishop Paprocki is.
Some might think this is being “mean” to Senator Durbin … or “too political” of a Bishop; but receiving the Eucharist unworthily is a sacrilege (mortal sin) by itself … and doing so publicly while also publicly championing the worst of mortal sins with the power of one’s office shows contempt for the authority of the Church.
It also confuses the low information Catholic who might reason "Senator Durbin is “pro-choice” on abortion - and a “good Catholic” who goes to Communion - surely this must be OK now or the Church would tell us.
And since being pro-abortion (tolerant of it - unto advocacy) can sometimes bring earthly rewards (notwithstanding the jeopardy it puts one’s soul in per mortal sin :eek:) - Church silence on such a public matter works to the end of abortion itself being accepted (or considered perhaps by some as a mere venial sin - instead of a dealbreaker per salvation if not repented of and absolved).
What will happen if Senator Durbin presents himself for Communion somewhere?
IMO he probably will. Some priests might give him communion (accidentally or benignly one would hope at least) . Eucharistic Ministers, etc. (?) all the more … as they might not be as aware of the ban. All the more if Durbin just “blends in” – after all, who knows if he might not have gone to confession the day before … in which case denying him might be a sort of … false witness? Communion is largely on the “honor system” and there are probably many people who go while having unconfessed and unrepented of mortal sins on their souls. :sad_yes: But a Eucharistic Minister doesn’t want to go making those calls.
Some priests (sad to say) might even hold with Senator Durbin’s views on abortion … or at least not “deny him communion” should he present himself in the “right” (or is it wrong) Church. That is to say … the interdict of the Bishop might not be on their minds to enforce at Communion time (though they should) as much as just distributing the Eucharist is.
Sometimes the Eucharist is denied to people making overt displays against the Church as in the case of one gay leader who attended a mass in Chicago to protest Church policy … (as part of a demonstration that outside falsely accused the Church and Cardinal George of “bigotry”) then presented himself for communion.
youtube.com/watch?v=ATtw38qqzDQ < Here is the astounding video of that “protest” which IMO was hostile intimidation bordering on a hate crime but for the lack of actual violence done.
In that “communion denial” case, another gay activist, who was given communion, got in line a second time, took communion in the hand … and gave it to the “denied” activist. :ouch:
Best case: Senator Durbin decides that receiving the Eucharist in a state of grace and repenting of his public support of the mortal sin of abortion is more important to him than -
playing the “courageous rogue” Catholic who stands for his political “principles (sic - considering that’s abortion)”. In which case, welcome back Prodigal Son! :clapping: