Thursday, December 19, 2013
POPE FRANCIS VERSUS CARDINAL BURKE ON ALLOWING HOLY COMMUNION TO THOSE IN MORTAL SIN
In other words, the onus is on the communicant. If he or she receives in a state of mortal sin they will be held accountable by God if they choose to ignore the Sacrament of Penance altogether.
So are Pope Francis and Cardinal Burke that far off in terms of their own attitudes about who should and who shouldn't receive Holy Communion? I don't think so. On top of that, Pope Francis refuses to distribute Holy Communion to anyone except clerics at his Masses and First Communion children. He doesn't want politicians and others in an entrenched ideological state of mortal sin for whatever political reasons they espouse, to have a "photo opportunity" with him at Holy Communion.
I don't think Cardinal Burke refuses to distribute Holy Communion to the laity during his Masses nor did Pope Benedict XVI!
LifeSiteNews reports the following about Cardinal Bergoglio now Pope Francis:
However, while Archbishop in Argentina, Pope Francis was the lead bishop working on a document to guide the Church in Latin America which included a section, albeit minor, which barred Holy Communion to anyone who facilitates an abortion, including politicians. Moreover, as Pope, he encouraged the bishops of Latin America to use that document.
The Aparecida document states in paragraph 436 "we should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals."
MY FINAL COMMENTS: Pope Francis makes a dramatic distinction (one I was never taught, but one that I truly like and I think needs exploration) between sinners who know they are sinners and go to confession regularly and those who are corrupt. The corrupt do not know they are sinners and thus do not believe they need to repent of their acts against God and the 10 Commandments, especially as it regards "abortion, euthanasia and other serious crimes against life and family..."
That statement on corruption surely applies to those Catholics who are corrupt in their public morality and statements of support for these crimes against God and Church. "This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors and health professionals."
So who is more radical in their approach to not giving Holy Communion to the corrupt? Certainly it must be Pope Francis who refuses to distribute Holy Communion to the laity and not Cardinal Burke who does.