Now that the presidential campaign is heating up in the U.S., so is the controversy about denying some Catholic politicians Holy Communion.
First out of the gate is St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke who has warned lay people who distribute Communion that they would be committing a “mortal sin” to give Communion to a politician who supports abortion rights.
“It is clear,” the Archbishop states, “that church discipline places an obligation on the minister of Holy Communion to refuse Holy Communion to persons known by the public to be in mortal sin.”
Jesuit scholar Thomas Reese demurs: “Most other bishops do not want ministers of Communion playing policemen at the Communion rail.” A nun from Arizona also objects: “Why wouldn’t the Archbishop include those who make and threaten to use nuclear weapons among the people to be denied Communion …?”
It would seem this policy would make Communion ministers into a network for spying on Catholic politicians.
What do you think?