For the Catholic Church to accept this preposterous demand is to commit theological suicide. Father Francis de Rosa of the diocese of Arlington (Virginia) puts the matter of Holy Communion in its proper perspective for Catholics. "Basing itself upon the very words and doctrines of the Lord Himself, the Catholic Church teaches and believes that the elements of Holy Communion are really, truly and substantially the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. We are not dealing here with a mere symbol, but with a sacred reality -- a profound moment of intimacy with God Himself. Therefore it should go without saying that the Holy Eucharist cannot be indiscriminately distributed."
The Catholic Church teaches that a primary requisite for receiving Holy Communion is that the individual be "in communion" with the Church; anyone not embracing the core teachings of the Church is disqualified from participating. What is the Church's position on abortion? Father de Rosa quotes the words of Pope John Paul II constituting the infallible teaching of the ordinary magisterium of the Catholic Church: "I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being."
John Kerry believes a president must "balance" his expressions of faith, but there's no balance in his abortion stance. He's a 100 percent NARAL pro-abortion militant. Partial-birth abortion? He's for that, too. Letting adults other than the parents transport minors across state lines for an abortion? Count him in. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which counts the unborn baby as a victim when a pregnant woman is killed or her child is killed against her wishes? He voted against it. Kerry even opposed The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, which has made it illegal to kill a baby who somehow survives an abortion.
By their public support of legalized abortion, Catholic legislators like Kerry have openly declared they reject, and are therefore not in communion with, the teachings of the Catholic Church. For any one of them to take Holy Communion is to commit a mortal sin; for them to demand that the Church ignore her own teachings -- and while we're at it, ignore Christ -- is the pinnacle of arrogance
The Catholic bishops must take a stand on this issue. They must declare that legislators who advance that killing of unborn babies are not in communion with the Church and cannot receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. They must make a public declaration regarding Kerry given his public defiance of the Church. And they should publicly declare that any Catholic promoting the election of any politician who would advance the continued slaughter of the unborn also is not to be in communion with the Church.