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The Catholic Church, The Bishops, And The Heretics

Democrats who profess their Catholic faith, but support abortion and receive Holy Eucharist, face a day of reckoning.

July 12, 2021

Since the 1973 Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion, the Catholic Church has had to deal with a serious dilemma that defied church doctrine and teachings, and threatened her virtue, moral and spiritual relevance, and the Judeo-Christian ethic. And so it was inevitable that there would come a day of reckoning that in the past I described as a “Sword of Damocles” that has hung over the Church and her hierarchy for years, and that this hindrance would have to be confronted and hopefully eliminated. 

Patience, perseverance, and prudence in dealing with this daunting situation, I believe by now has been exhausted. The time has come for the church to uphold 2000 years of tradition, and the teachings of the Old and New Testaments. She must now find the courage of her convictions and act in defiance of those in public life, specifically in the political class, and in particular, Democrats, who profess their Catholic faith but challenge and do not uphold the Church’s doctrine and precepts, especially when it involves abortion. These politicians favor the temporal world over that of the eternal and their immortal souls.    

This past June 17, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) held a virtual assembly, and issued a formal statement on “The Meaning of the Eucharist in the Life of the Catholic Church.” The Bishops Committee on doctrine will draft a document and present it for discussion when the bishops reconvene in November of 2021. Among other issues discussed, the main thrust of the document will deal with abortion and those Catholics in public life whose sinful behavior will deny them the Eucharist. 

The occasion for this document is a manifestation of the callous disregard and antipathy for the dignity and sanctity of the life of the unborn by the current President of the United States, Joe Biden, and his administration. Mr. Biden’s quandary, and that of the Church, is that he is more a politician than a “devout Catholic,” as he implies. His defense and support of abortion and taxpayer funding are antithetical to Church doctrine and teachings. Calls for his being denied the Eucharist is being defended by some bishops, and opposed by others, and the pope. 

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:15-20 

Mr. Biden by his actions has revealed he is no devout Catholic, it is all a facade, and he is in fact a fraud, a false prophet, and worse a heretic. It has become quite clear where Mr. Biden’s affinities lie. Of the 60 executive orders/directives he has issued, 24 have reversed those of his predecessor, former President Trump. Of these, a number have had a direct devastating effect on abortion, an intrinsic evil. 

The document in question will address this controversial and long-festering open sore that the church has had to live with for years. Word of this assembly and the intent by the bishops to once and for all face off with the irreverent and unfaithful has caused a firestorm of criticism; there’s been outrage and vituperation directed at the bishops by Democrats. Threats of denying the church its tax-exempt status have been forthcoming. 

This dismissal of church doctrine and disrespect of the bishops can be summed up in statements made by a number of Democrats, even speaker Pelosi who professes her deep Catholic faith, “Don’t weaponize the Eucharist for partisan political purposes.” They have taken their wrath even further. On June 18, following the bishop’s revelation, a so-called “Statement of Principles” was issued by the Congress of the United States, House of Representatives, and signed by 60 Democrats all professing to be Catholic.

The three-page document argues, and its main thrust says, “The sacrament of Holy Communion is central to the life of practicing Catholics, and the weaponization of the Eucharist to Democrat lawmakers for their support of a woman’s safe and legal access to abortion is contradictory.” The Democrats' tepid and halfhearted excuse for this statement is that no elected official is denied the Eucharist for supporting other policies that are contrary to church teachings, but none of these issues they mention are thought of as sinful and intrinsic evils, which is the Catholic Church’s position. 

The statement then concludes with these words “To pursue a blanket denial of the Holy Eucharist to certain elected officials would indeed grieve the Holy Spirit and deny the evolution of that individual, a Christian person who is never perfect, but living in the struggle to get there.” This is the height of hypocrisy and hubris, and it should not fool anyone. The Holy Spirit is one of the Trinity; God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, three divine persons in one God. It is therefore God, the creator of all life, especially innocent life in the womb. Can anyone say He accepts abortion, the termination of that life? 

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