Fourteen So-called "Catholic" Politicans

Lepanto Institute

Earlier this week, fourteen so-called “Catholic” politicians betrayed preborn children and the faith they claim to hold by voting against a bill which would have put a strong restriction on the practice of abortion in this country. They are:

Maria Cantwell — Washington
Susan Collins — Maine
Dick Durbin — Illinois
Kirsten Gillibrand — New York
Heidi Heitkamp — North Dakota
Tim Kaine — Virginia
Patrick Leahy — Vermont
Ed Markey — Massachussetts
Catherine Cortez Masto — Nevada
Claire McCaskill — Missouri
Bob Menendez — New Jersey
Lisa Murkowski — Alaska
Patty Murray — Washington
Jack Reed — Rhode Island

Even Cardinal Dolan, the USCCB’s Pro-Life Chairman, called this betrayal “appalling.” See link below:

But as appalling as this is, what is even worse is that the hand-wringing of the bishops in the USCCB won’t go any further than their down-cast eyes, their shaking heads and their rebuking words. Will any of these bishops deny Holy Communion to these Judas politicians, as is required by Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law? They haven’t done so in the last 40 years, so why should they start now?

The sad fact of the matter is that our bishops today are so focused on the material, they’ve lost sight of the eternal. Many of them falsely believe that denying Holy Communion is a “punishment” for not obeying the rules, but the fact of the matter is that denying Holy Communion to obstinate, grave, manifest sinners is a merciful protection for those politicians. One needs only to read Genesis 3:22-24 to see that the denial of Communion is truly a mercy:

Then the LORD God said: See! The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil! Now, what if he also reaches out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life, and eats of it and lives forever? The LORD God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he had been taken. He expelled the man, stationing the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword east of the garden of Eden, to guard the way to the tree of life.

By banishing Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, preventing them from eating the fruit from the Tree of Life, He made sure that salvation was still possible for them. However, had Adam and Eve eaten the fruit from the Tree of Life while in a state of mortal sin, they could not have been redeemed by death and resurrection and would have been confirmed in their sin for all eternity without possibility of salvation.

The Tree of Life in the Garden is a symbol of the Crucifix, where the wood of the cross is the wood of the tree, where the blood of Christ is the sap, and the Flesh of Our Blessed Lord is the Fruit. And just as God denied the fruit of the Tree of Life to our first parents, St. Paul warns against unworthily eating the Body and Blood of Our Lord:

whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.

Canon 915 is in place, not as a punishment, but as a way of protecting those in obstinate grave, manifest sin from committing sacrilege and condemning themselves for all eternity.

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