The Vatican has already warned Bishops against flexing on politicos and playing games with what Catholics believe is the body & blood of Christ.
So, let's acknowledge that a great deal of this slap fight over Prez Biden's communion might just be for show and tantamount to nothing more than an exchange of angry letters & media hyperbole.
We've been blogging the situation for weeks.
Today that Star decided to editorialize and carry Democratic Party talking points pushing back against bishops . . .
They mostly focus on defense of Guv Kelly.
However . . . What's also interesting is that local Catholic leaders don't really feel like the paper is important enough to respond to . . . Even in Kansas City the bishop simply pointed them to a statement that we blogged weeks ago . . .
Money line . . .
This question touches on many gravely evil activities besides abortion, and it assuredly pertains to all Catholics, not simply those in public office. Nevertheless, it remains a scientific fact that abortion ends an innocent human life, and the Bishops of the United States have rightly noted that abortion is the “preeminent” issue of our time. It is a preeminent concern due to the sheer scale of human lives taken (60 million unborn children have died since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973), the fact that abortion often takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and the direct nature of intentionality by willfully killing the most innocent and defenseless among us.
Advocating for or enacting laws which promote such killing as a right, which subsidize such killing, or which seek to expand access to such killing are gravely evil acts, contrary to the Catholic faith. The Catholic Church teaches that any person engaged in such acts is called to repentance and reconciliation prior to presenting oneself for Holy Communion. Catholics in public life who advocate for abortion in these ways and then present themselves as devout Catholics according to their own self-understanding create a source of great confusion among American Catholics. Pastors have a responsibility to help individuals towards repentance out of concern for their salvation, but also to protect the faithful from being misled by bad example and scandal.
And so . . .
Don't expect any resolution on this issue any time soon as American Church leaders seem more savvy about staying relevant than the local newspaper.
You decide . . .