At Holy Trinity Catholic Church, President Joe Biden came to Mass, and when it was time to receive Communion, he got in line like any other parishioner. Should a Catholic president who publicly supports expanding abortion rights, contrary to the faith’s teachings, be allowed to receive Communion?
Regarding the Holy Eucharist, the Church has always believed and taught that the Sacred Host is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, God-the-Son Incarnate. The faith of the Church is expressed by the Council of Trent: “Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread [cf. Mt 26:26-29; Mk 14:22-25; Lk 22:19f; 1 Cor 11:24-26], it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy council now again declares, that, by the consecration of the bread and wine, there takes place a change of the whole substance of bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of wine into the substance of his blood” (Session 13, Chapter 4). From Saint Paul his First Letter to the Corinthians: “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” (1 Cor 11, 27).
The reception of Holy Communion by those who publicly and obstinately violate the moral law is a particularly grave form of sacrilege. Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear, “Sacrilege is a grave sin especially when committed against the Eucharist, for in this sacrament the true Body of Christ is made substantially present for us” (no. 2120).
The denial of Holy Communion is a recognition of the unworthy state of a person to approach to receive Holy Communion. Denial safeguards the sanctity of the most sacred reality in the Church, the Holy Eucharist, keeps the person who obstinately perseveres in grave sin from committing the additional most grievous sin of sacrilege by profaning the Body of Christ.
Pope Saint John Paul II presented the Church’s constant teaching regarding procured abortion in his Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae. “Therefore, by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his Successors, in communion with the Bishops – who on various occasions have condemned abortion and who in the aforementioned consultation, albeit dispersed throughout the world, have shown unanimous agreement concerning this doctrine – I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being.”
This teaching “is based upon the natural law and the written Word of God–it is transmitted by the Church’s Tradition and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium.”
In the 1960s, it was argued that a Catholic politician can personally believe in the immorality of abortion, while favoring a public policy which provides for so-called “legalized” abortion. This occurred in the summer of 1964 at the compound of the Kennedy Family in Hyannisport, Massachusetts during the summit of certain Catholic moral theologians who espoused the erroneous moral theory of proportionalism or consequentialism. Pope Saint John Paul II slaps down this false moral thinking in Evangelium Vitae: “No circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the Law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church.”
Bottom line, it is the Church’s solemn responsibility to safeguard the holiness of the Holy Eucharist, to prevent the faithful from committing sacrilege, and to prevent scandal among the faithful and other persons of good will.
President Biden sacrilegiously receives Holy Communion, and then uses the Holy Eucharist for political purposes. He presents himself as a devout Catholic, yet the reality is that he is not. The President is also guilty of heresy, as he denies and doubts the truth about the intrinsic evil of abortion as it “is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith”. Heresy, like apostasy, incurs automatically the penalty of excommunication.
Apostle Paul taught the requirement of conscience for the reception of Holy Communion. Without it results in the desecration of the most sacred reality in the Church – the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ.