Liberals frame the issue of denying the Eucharist to pro-abortion Catholic politicians as one of the Church interfering with politics. Of course, the exact opposite is true. This whole matter is an issue of pro-abortion politicians seeking to revise Church teaching and thus interfering with an intimately religious issue: the sacramental discipline and parameters set by a Christian community. First, they contradict Church teaching by being blatantly and uncompromisingly pro-abortion. Second, they proceed to proclaim that they are "devout" and faithful Catholics. Third, they proceed to prove their good standing as Catholics by receiving the Eucharist. The inevitable conclusion from their actions is that being pro-abortion is reconcilable with the Catholic faith. That conclusion is heretical because the Catholic faith proclaims the direct killing of innocent human life as inherently and gravely evil.
But there is an additional heresy involved in the "three-step" dance by which the pro-abortion politicians mock the Catholic faith. That heresy is the notion that there is an unconditional right to receive the Eucharist. Scripture is clear:
Whoever, therefore eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and the blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.
1 Corinthians 11:27-29 (RSV).
Participating in the Eucharist is not unconditional. This teaching was recently reiterated in the just released disciplinary Vatican document on the Eucharist (see Redemptionis Sacramentum, sections 80-86, 91). Canon law provides that Catholics have a right to the assistance of the sacraments, but canon law does not and cannot alter the theological conditions on that participation ("Can. 213 Christ's faithful have the right to be assisted by their Pastors from the spiritual riches of the Church, especially by the word of God and the sacraments." See the 1983 Code of Canon Law at this link.) To give the Eucharist in a situation where those conditions are not met is not "assistance" but rather the condemnation spoken of by St. Paul.
Liberal activists use arguments based on access to the Eucharist to push for the ordination of women and even for erasing the distinction between the ordained and the non-ordained in consecrating the Eucharist. The hypocrisy of this liberal reliance on access to the Eucharist is that the liberals never want to discuss the primary condition under which one can exercise that access: freedom from mortal sin. But, of course, liberals stopped believing in mortal sin a long time ago. Under the liberal version of "fundamental option" theory in moral theology, the rule is simple: "Once a Catholic, always a communicant." It doesn't work that way, and it never will. To the surprise of many in an age of poor catechesis and confusion, merely being Catholic is not enough to allow one to receive the Eucharist. But that is the additional heresy that the pro-abortion politicians and their defenders are pushing, even after being clearly told not to approach the Eucharist.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.