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If you’ve been plugged into national news lately, you might have heard the brouhaha involving Joe Biden and Communion.
Specifically, the debate over whether Biden — and other staunchly pro-abortion politicians — should be admitted to the sacrament in a Catholic church.
Because Biden is only the nation’s second Catholic president (JFK was the first), the debate has relevance. And, well — it’s rather explosive.
At their June meeting, a majority of U.S. bishops voted to draft a document on “Eucharistic coherence” — not, as so many have reported, to rebuke Biden, but to remind Catholics and others of the sacred nature of what — or, rather, Who — the Eucharist is.
Still, the debate has ruffled feathers. Some cynically accuse the bishops of pushing a political agenda. Some even want to threaten the Church’s tax exemption.
One pro-abortion politician, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California, even went so far as to say he “dares” his priest to deny him the Eucharist.
What, exactly, the bishops end up writing remains to be seen. But what’s clear now is that they’re doing the right thing by writing it. Belief in the Eucharist is at a stunning low, even among Catholics. Belief in the existence of sin is even lower.
The Catholic faith is, first and foremost, about Jesus. And no matter how many politicians suggest otherwise, Jesus can’t be found in a ballot box.
Where he can be found, according to Scripture and Catholic teaching, is in the Holy Eucharist. At the Last Supper, Jesus took bread and wine, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take and eat. This is my body. Do this in memory of me” (Luke 22: 19).
Catholics take Jesus at his word. The Eucharist isn’t a symbol in the Catholic faith. It’s God himself, and none of us are worthy of Him.
Communion is a gift — not a right — and it’s given so that we might examine our consciences before God, humbly repent of our sins, and return to Him before it’s too late.
Don’t believe me? Ask St. Paul, who warns about receiving the Eucharist with a guilty conscience.
“Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself” (1 Cor 11: 27-29).
If there’s one thing I don’t want to have to “answer for” when I die, it’s the body and blood of the Lord. I know what my sins did to him.
Abortion stops a beating heart. It is a violation of the Sixth Commandment, and Catholic politicians who support it are manifestly supporting something that would disgust Christ.
To be clear, St. Paul’s admonition isn’t just for Democrats. Anyone who participates in sin — whether it be abortion, racism, pornography, gossip or theft — has a responsibility to repent before receiving God. God doesn’t care if you’re a Republican or Democrat. He cares that you listen to Him.
Some question why the bishops didn’t address Trump’s eligibility to receive Communion. The answer, simply, is that Trump isn’t Catholic. But they did speak out many times about policies Trump championed that harmed the common good.
Christianity is difficult. Jesus claimed that his kingdom is “not of this world” (John 18: 36), and that we shouldn’t look for it here. The sooner we figure that out, the better off we’ll be.
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