I’ve read that Rudy goes to Mass, but doesn’t approach the minister to receive Communion. So what is this rumbling all about? Not only is Giuliani the leading Republican candidate, but he’s untouchable. At least on this issue.
Asked if he would deny Communion to Giuliani if the former New York mayor approached him for the sacrament at the Cathedral Basilica, Burke said: “If the question is about a Catholic who is publicly espousing positions contrary to the moral law and I know that person knows it, yes I would.”
In an interview earlier this year, Burke said of Giuliani: “I can’t imagine that as a Catholic he doesn’t know that his stance on the protection of human life is wrong. If someone is publicly sinning, they should not approach to receive Holy Communion.”
Archbishop Burke is musing publicly again. But I think it reveals what the denial-of-Communion movement is all about. It’s not about admonishing sinners. It’s never saved a single unborn child.
It’s more about keeping up the morale of the supporters.
My suggestion is to write a check for Birthright. Or better yet, volunteer. You’ll feel better doing something positive rather than being part of a sacramental mob scene.
I have to confess my reticence about using a sacrament as a tool to adjust the inner politics and feelings of anti-abortion Catholics. Just plain misguided. Not to mention ineffective. It takes what should be an unambiguous public stance in favor of life and turns it into a catfight … using a sacrament as a hammer to nail people-we-don’t-like.
Reportedly, Rudy doesn’t go to the Communion line because of his irregular marriage situation, being divorced and remarried. His campaign people don’t even comment on his going to Communion or not. Don’t people clamoring their pots and thuribles know this? Maybe there’s no weapon left in the arsenal: can you deny somebody a parking space because of their public pro-choice views? I imagine somebody is itching to try.
Burke image credit: Huy Richard Mach/St Louis Post-Dispatch)