Pro-abort Politicians, Communion and Canon Law #915

by Steve Ray on March 15, 2010

040908_kerry_communion_bcol.standardNote for Canon Law Blog Subscribers (as posted by my friend and Canon Lawyer, Ed Peters:

Serious discussion of Canon 915 requires access to key documents on the law and awareness of the positions taken thereon by qualified commentators. I have developed a webpage for those who wish to understand, and perhaps contribute to, the discussions on the application of Canon 915 in the life of the Church. I will try to update the page as feasible.

(Picture: Pro-abort Senator John Kerry receiving communion)

See my Resources for Understanding and Applying Canon 915.

Canon law blog offers resources on denial of Communion
In the Code of Canon Law, #915 sets out the circumstances under which Catholics “are not to be admitted” to receive Communion. In light of the frequent debates about the reception of Communion by public figures who oppose Church teachings on key moral issues, canon lawyer Edward Peters has put together a site offering resources to help the public understand the legislation and the circumstances when it should be applied.

The actual text is: Can. 915 Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to holy communion.

Archbishops Dolan and Listecki on holy Communion for pro-aborts

Archbishops Dolan of New York and Listecki of Milwaukee recently came under fire for comments they made seeming to express reluctance to withhold holy Communion from Catholic politicians under various conditions. Particularly in open-forum comment boxes (always to be taken with shovel-fulls of salt, those!), there’s a lot of sky-is-falling carping against the prelates for shirking their duties, abandoning babies, betraying Pope Benedict, and so on. Hogwash.

Read why here:

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike March 15, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. ?28? Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. ?29? For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.

1 Co 11:27

Paul C March 17, 2010 at 4:51 AM

Sounds like a lawyer wiggling for a client.

In plain English, it seems scandalous and feeds corrosively the awfully catechized masses that these bishops helped “create”.

How am I to read a (Bishop) man’s word……JP2’s route was….B16’s route is….the way we’ve had it since 1973.

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