There is apparently a great deal of disagreement among our Bishops on whether to ask Catholic public officials who openly support abortion to refrain from presenting themselves for Communion
Cardinal Raymond Burke is one of the strongest advocates for denying Communion, while I was surprised to recently learn that Cardinal Dolan does not agree with this position
While I understand that our Bishops have dedicated their lives to bringing the Sacraments to the faithful, not withholding them, aren’t there 3 fundamental considerations that would support denying Communion to publicly dissenting Catholics?
1) Protection of the dignity of the Sacrament. This is the Body and Blood Of Jesus we are talking about. We were in told in Catholic grade school that taking Communion while in a state of mortal sin is a sacrilege against Our Lord
Article 2272 of the Catechism states "Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life"
There is no ambiguity here, no "choice". A frightened teenage girl procuring an abortion, and any Catholic facilitating that abortion, are automatically excommunicated - cut off from the Church, the sacraments and salvation. How much less of a sin can enabling and supporting the abortions of more than 1 million children a year be?
2) As above, withholding the Eucharist would seem to protect the sinner from committing sacrilege
3) Preventing the scandalizing of the faithful. Catholic politicians such as Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden have publicly and repeatedly not only dissented with the Church’s teaching on life, but have distorted those teachings in order to mislead other Catholics
Is it not our Bishops' duty to protect the faithful from this type of scandal?
Personally I feel that to some degree the Church in America has only itself to blame for the extent to which Catholics feel free to disregard the Vatican’s edicts on the sanctity of human life
God often chastises us harshly, but out of love. Throughout history, the Church has had to occasionally do the same, for the overall good of all Catholics. Had America’s Bishops set a few harsh examples year ago, we might not have come this point
Don’t get me wrong. We do not want to lose any dissident Catholic. I do pray for them. But letting them continue unchallenged and unchastised would seem to be literally endangering their souls and the unity of the Church
I would appreciate some opinions