|Lesbian judge Sara Smolenski|
Here's what Canon 915 says:
Can. 915 Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.This is NOT a recommendation; it's a requirement. Those bishops who ignore it are themselves guilty of grave sins. They are derelict in their duty of governing and teaching their flocks. The more prominent the public sinner, the more potential for serious scandal.
So what happened?
On Sunday, October 27th, Fr. Robert Morey, pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, SC refused Communion to Joe Biden who was in town campaigning. Biden is not only rabidly pro-abortion, he has officiated at same sex "marriages." Both actions attack, not only the faith, but the family. Fr. Morey explained his actions saying, "Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching. As a priest, it is my responsibility to minister to those souls entrusted to my care, and I must do so even in the most difficult situations.”
Fr. Morey's bishop, Robert Guglielmone, follows a diocesan policy (Worthy to Receive the Lamb: Catholics in Political Life and the Reception of Holy Communion) forbidding the reception of Communion by pro-abortion politicians and others in grave manifest sin under Canon 915. The policy was put in place in 2004 when Bishop Robert Baker headed the diocese. Two other bishops also signed it, Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte and Archbishop John Donoghue of Atalanta. See CNA's article, Biden communion denial was required by diocesan policy, for more on the story. “I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers,” Morey said in his statement. Let's all do the same for these Democrats doing the work of Satan for "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?"
In late November, Fr. Scott Nolan, pastor of St. Stephens in East Grand Rapids, refused Communion to a lesbian judge, Sara Smolenski, "married" to her partner. When the judge contacted the press, Nolan's bishop, David Walkowiak of Grand Rapids released a public statement of support which reads in part:
As Pope Francis explains in Amoris Laetitia, "The Eucharist demands that we be members of the one body of the Church. Those who approach the Body and Blood of Christ may not wound that same Body by creating scandalous distinctions and divisions among its members." (186) Lifelong Catholics would surely be aware of this.
Inclusion and acceptance have been a hallmark of Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Grand Rapids throughout the diocese’s history. They remain so. They presume, however, a respect on the part of individuals for the teachings and practice of the wider Catholic community. No community of faith can sustain the public contradiction of its beliefs by its own members. This is especially so on matters as central to Catholic life as marriage, which the Church has always held, and continues to hold, as a sacred covenant between one man and one woman.What a blessing to find a few clerics with the guts to stand up and speak the truth. In Smolenski's case, they are speaking the truth to power.
|Fr. Scott Nolan|
Say thank you to these shepherds!
Fr. Robert Morey St. Anthony Catholic Church, 2536 West Hoffmeyer Road, Florence, SC 29502, Phone: (843) 662-5674
Bishop Robert Guglielmone, Diocese of Charleston, 901 Orange Grove Road, Charleston, SC 29407, Phone: 843-261-0420
Fr. Scott Nolan, St. Stephens Catholic Church, 750 Gladstone Dr SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506,(616) 243-8998 email@example.com
Bishop David Walkowiak, Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids | 360 Division Ave. S. | Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Phone 616 243 0491 | Fax 616 243 4910