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Catholics who support abortion should not receive Communion, says Archbishop Burke (again :-)
CNA ^ | August 19, 2008

Posted on 08/19/2008 9:45:53 AM PDT by NYer

Archbishop Raymond Burke

Rome, Aug 19, 2008 / 10:00 am (CNA).- The prefect of the Apostolic Signature, Archbishop Raymond Burke, said this week that Catholics, especially politicians who publically defend abortion, should not receive Communion, and that ministers of Communion should be responsibly charitable in denying it to them if they ask for it, “until they have reformed their lives.”

In an interview with the magazine, Radici Christiane, Archbishop Burke pointed out that there is often a lack of reverence at Mass when receiving Communion.  “Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ unworthily is a sacrilege,” he warned.  “If it is done deliberately in mortal sin it is a sacrilege.”

To illustrate his point, he referred to “public officials who, with knowledge and consent, uphold actions that are against the Divine and Eternal moral law. For example, if they support abortion, which entails the taking of innocent and defenseless human lives.  A person who commits sin in this way should be publicly admonished in such a way as to not receive Communion until he or she has reformed his life,” the archbishop said.

“If a person who has been admonished persists in public mortal sin and attempts to receive Communion, the minister of the Eucharist has the obligation to deny it to him. Why? Above all, for the salvation of that person, preventing him from committing a sacrilege,” he added.

“We must avoid giving people the impression that one can be in a state of mortal sin and receive the Eucharist,” the archbishop continued.  “Secondly, there could be another form of scandal, consisting of leading people to think that the public act that this person is doing, which until now everyone believed was a serious sin, is really not that serious -  if the Church allows him or her to receive Communion.”

“If we have a public figure who is openly and deliberately upholding abortion rights and receiving the Eucharist, what will the average person think? He or she could come to believe that it up to a certain point it is okay to do away with an innocent life in the mother’s womb,” he warned.

Archbishop Burke also noted that when a bishop or a Church leader prevents an abortion supporter from receiving Communion, “it is not with the intention of interfering in public life but rather in the spiritual state of the politician or public official who, if Catholic, should follow the divine law in the public sphere as well.”

“Therefore, it is simply ridiculous and wrong to try to silence a pastor, accusing him of interfering in politics so that he cannot do good to the soul of a member of his flock,” he stated.

It is “simply wrong” to think that the faith must be reduced to the private sphere and eliminated from public life, Archbishop Burke said, encouraging Catholics “to bear witness to our faith not only in private in our homes but also in our public lives with others in order to bear strong witness to Christ.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: 2008; burke; cinos; communion; election; electionpresident; elections; politicians

1 posted on 08/19/2008 9:45:53 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
“Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ unworthily is a sacrilege,”

My pastor delivered his homily on this last Sunday.

2 posted on 08/19/2008 9:47:02 AM PDT by NYer ("Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ." - St. Jerome)
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To: NYer

Confront and deny the big time politicians first. You cannot have one set of rules for the flock and another set for the others. Have this decree issued directly from the Pope, do not rely on the Cardinals or Archbishops here, because they are afraid to confront them./Just Asking - seoul62.......


3 posted on 08/19/2008 9:53:07 AM PDT by seoul62
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To: NYer
Why is this “sin” greater then any other sin in God's eyes and why should a Catholic be absolved from receiving Holy Communion only because of this sin? This thread should prove interesting. For Goodness sakes, Jesus knew the the Deciples were about to betray the Son of Man, deny him, yet he freely offered them his body and blood....
4 posted on 08/19/2008 9:54:54 AM PDT by never4get (We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid)
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To: NYer

Abortion is murder.


5 posted on 08/19/2008 10:00:36 AM PDT by Righter-than-Rush
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To: NYer
I remember the day when a Catholic priest would refuse Holy Communion is he smelled alcohol on ones breath.

These abortion loving Catholics need to be confessing their pro abortion sin in the Confessional. I remember confessing my lustful desires in the Confessional. The priest would warm my ears real good and sometimes ask if I was in last week with the same sins (he recognized my voice because I was one of his altar boys). I would rack up the Rosary beads for each incident. The nuns in the church would definitely take notice as I spent penance time before the Virgin Mary.

I wonder how much Confession time these abortion loving Catholics do spend as a practice of their faith? Are they serious about the practice of their faith or is it a just a social event to make themselves look good?

6 posted on 08/19/2008 10:01:43 AM PDT by jonrick46
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To: NYer
Aug.7
Pope Benedict XVI told a group of priests yesterday that he was once “more severe” in terms of administering baptism and confirmation to ill-prepared or lukewarm candidates, but today he’s inclined to be generous wherever there is even “a flicker of desire for communion in the faith.”

Maybe when Archbishop Burke grows up he too will be more generous and more of the mind of Christ.

7 posted on 08/19/2008 10:07:31 AM PDT by VidMihi ("In fide, unitas; in dubiis, libertas; in omnibus, caritas.")
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To: NYer

Those who disregard these words are also forgetting the power to bind and loose has been given to the Bishops and their pronouncements and judgments are eternal in the spiritual realm.


8 posted on 08/19/2008 10:31:16 AM PDT by OpusatFR (Oh, Mary conceived without sin, pray for us!)
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To: VidMihi
You're comparing apples and oranges. The sacraments of baptism and confirmation are NOT the same as the sacrament of the Eucharist.

BTW, it is the current Pope who before becoming Pope wrote a letter to Cardinal McCarrick that said essentially the same thing that Archbishop Burke is saying in this article.

9 posted on 08/19/2008 10:35:17 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: VidMihi

“... “more severe” in terms of administering baptism and confirmation to ill-prepared or lukewarm candidates, but today he’s inclined to be generous wherever there is even “a flicker of desire for communion in the faith.”

Maybe when Archbishop Burke grows up he too will be more generous and more of the mind of Christ.”

Being ill-informed, ill-catechized, or just lazy spiritually is a far, far cry from the sin of abortion. Abortion is one of the great offenses against the Holy Spirit.

The juxtaposition of a lukewarm Catholic who is lazy about his faith and those who support the murder of the infant-in-utero is not comparable.


10 posted on 08/19/2008 10:39:24 AM PDT by OpusatFR (Oh, Mary conceived without sin, pray for us!)
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To: NYer

The difference between now and the first time he said it, is he is now the Chief Magistrate for the entire global communion of the Catholic Church, the head of the apostolic signature.


11 posted on 08/19/2008 11:21:44 AM PDT by dangus
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To: seoul62
Confront and deny the big time politicians first.

That's been done. Politicians simply ignore their bishops. Take for example the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to NYC. Cardinal Eagan had an understanding with Rudy Giuliani that he was NOT to receive communion at the papal mass. Did it stop him?

NY Cardinal slams Giulani over communion with pope

Ultimately, it is necessary to appeal to a person's conscience and help them understand the shame in their own actions.

12 posted on 08/19/2008 12:04:21 PM PDT by NYer ("Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ." - St. Jerome)
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To: never4get
Why is this “sin” greater then any other sin in God's eyes and why should a Catholic be absolved from receiving Holy Communion only because of this sin?

Abortion is the taking of a human life. Catholic politicians have the faith based obligation to protect life; not support its destruction. As Archbishop Burke points out:

“If a person who has been admonished persists in public mortal sin and attempts to receive Communion, the minister of the Eucharist has the obligation to deny it to him. Why? Above all, for the salvation of that person, preventing him from committing a sacrilege,” he added.

This is based on Scripture - 1 Cor. 11:27-30.

13 posted on 08/19/2008 12:10:56 PM PDT by NYer ("Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ." - St. Jerome)
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To: NYer

Talk is cheap.


14 posted on 08/19/2008 12:24:03 PM PDT by Dan Middleton
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To: jonrick46
The priest would warm my ears real good and sometimes ask if I was in last week with the same sins (he recognized my voice because I was one of his altar boys). I would rack up the Rosary beads for each incident. The nuns in the church would definitely take notice as I spent penance time before the Virgin Mary.

;-)

You're dating yourself. Many of those teaching orders got silly after VCII and certain bishops altered their seminary recruitment practices to be more 'inclusive'. Worse yet, western society has shifted into secularism. In his pre-conclave homily, then Cardinal Ratzinger warned the Cardinals: “A dictatorship of relativism is being formed, one that recognizes nothing as definitive and that has as its measure only the self and its desires.”. He continues to assail moral relativism today.

15 posted on 08/19/2008 12:26:02 PM PDT by NYer ("Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ." - St. Jerome)
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To: NYer
....and my point originally is whether that is worse then turning you back on the Son of God, denying him. Jesus knew his Disciples would but he still broke bread with them. He offered them his body and blood the night he knew they would have betrayed him. Should he have denied them the body and blood knowing they would betray him, deny him...No, he loved them and knew as men they were sinful and weak. Jesus also told those stoning the prostitute that those without sin cast the first stone. Jesus did not measure one sin against the other. Abortion is awful, there is no doubt. But to withhold the body and blood of Christ is not what Jesus would have wanted....Jesus would have invited thieves, robbers, murderers to his table if he thought it would save them.
16 posted on 08/19/2008 1:05:05 PM PDT by never4get (We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid)
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To: NYer
Moral relativism is a set-up for Marxism. By making ones moral thinking no more important than the other you set the stage for political, economic, legal and material egalitarianism. Egalitarianism is a system which renders human beings as equal. To reach such a Utopian society, one utilizes the state to redistribute all aspects of human life until all are equal.

Just a side light: Gay marriage is an effort towards the egalitarian treatment of human relationships. When the gay relationship is equal to the heterosexual relationship, the egalitarian objective is accomplished.

The opposition by the gay community and their anti abortionist cohorts to the Catholic Church is an effort to transform society by retooling the Church. When you put everything they are doing into one description, they are reducing the importance of life that is produced by the relationship between a man and a woman. Life does not have any more protection or significance than that which is determined by the state. Life produced by a man and a woman no longer have that level of significance that our culture has given it through the ages.

As the love relationship of heterosexual marriage and the beginning of human life are being attacked by the Marxist effort to transform our society, one can only wonder what's next?

17 posted on 08/19/2008 1:07:47 PM PDT by jonrick46
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To: seoul62; NYer; Salvation
I for one am tired of The Church being so laid back on this issue. To me it is not enough to say “you have excommunicated yourself by your actions”. The parish priest need to start smacking some open palms and pointing these politicians toward the door!

If the liberal politicians and other liberal Catholics in the Church don't like it they can go worship with the Anglicans.

18 posted on 08/19/2008 1:13:24 PM PDT by Artemis Webb ("The church is near, but the road is icy. The bar is far away, but I will walk carefully.")
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To: NYer

Interesting article...if I recall, the Catholic Church is opposed to the death penalty as well...should pro-death penalty Catholics also be denied??...magritte


19 posted on 08/19/2008 1:22:16 PM PDT by magritte (If a problem comes along, you must whip it.)
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To: magritte
The Catholic Church does not condemn the death penalty as such; it does teach that it should be imposed only for grave offenses and justly. Pope John Paul II wanted to see it imposed only if there were no other way to protect society, but this was his personal opinion, not the teaching of the Church.
20 posted on 08/19/2008 1:28:44 PM PDT by maryz
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To: Artemis Webb

I’m tired of it too. It’s either baby butchery or it isn’t. The Church has to teach, and allowing known public pro-baby butcherers to not only take part but to loudly proclaim that baby butchery is cool with the Church isn’t teaching. They have to be called out by name and told to repent publicly, changing their policies on baby butchery and admitting that baby butchery isn’t cool with the Church.

It’s true that they have already seperated themselves from the body of Christ by their actions, but this does not address the teaching aspect for other Catholics.

Freegards


21 posted on 08/19/2008 3:31:02 PM PDT by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed says Keep the Faith!)
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To: maryz; magritte
Thank you for the response, Mary.

What is the position of your church, Magritte, insofar as the death penalty?

22 posted on 08/19/2008 4:41:02 PM PDT by NYer ("Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ." - St. Jerome)
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To: NYer
Hey NYer...I am a Noahide, so I believe in the concept of two eyewitnesses before allowing the death penalty. As a former Catholic, I was taught the death penalty was wrong...(I had to go look it up for a reference)but it was from the Catechism...has this changed??...magritte

2267 Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.

If, however, nonlethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.

Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm - without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.


23 posted on 08/19/2008 6:51:49 PM PDT by magritte (If a problem comes along, you must whip it.)
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To: magritte
By so saying, you are willing to consign prison guards, workers, fellow prisoners, and even visitors to the risk of death.

Prison is no guarantee for their safety. And then there is always the possibility of escape. The worst mass murder in GA history was committed by 3 prison escapees from North Carolina. Google "Carl Isaacs". He almost escaped several times after he was apprehended, both from jail and from prison. IIRC he was almost outside the grounds of Reidsville when they caught him in a garbage truck in a homemade uniform. He cheerfully told several reporters he would kill again if he got the chance, and he was trying hard for it.

There remain those for whom a death sentence is the only possibility. And the Church recognizes this.

24 posted on 08/20/2008 5:02:32 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: jonrick46
I'm laughing here - our new young priest must be the cousin of your man! He hands out Rosaries with a heavy hand (I deserved it, too!)

Judging from our younger men, serious Catholicism is on the way back. I hope it's here to stay! If I had wanted lukewarm Christianity, I could have stayed an Episcopalian!

25 posted on 08/20/2008 5:05:28 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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