When people come into church looking to turn the moment of Holy Communion into a protest moment or a demonstration in favor of some cause, especially one that opposes any teachings of the Church, those people must be denied Holy Communion.
The Church cannot give in to bullies, and that is what Communion rail protesters are: bullies.
Two recent examples came to my attention.
First, (HERE) in Chicago a guy with a “rainbow sash” (a pro-homosexuality symbol) approached Card. George for Communion during Mass. Card. George denied him Communion. Rightly.
Also, (HERE) in Philadelphia some people with various props, such as tied hands, blindfolds, etc., making some kind of protest about immigration policy, approached Archbp. Chaput for Communion. Chaput, rightly, denied them Communion.
Some of you will be able to come up with more examples. Some of you will also be able to find examples where the protesters/demonstrators were indeed given Holy Communion (wrongly).
I think Card. George and Archbp. Chaput did the right thing.
I also think that we will be seeing a lot more of this B as in B, S as in S in the near future and we who stand in the sanctuary had better figure out what we are going to do about it.
It may even happen that some protesters get violent. Then what?
Remember the deeply unattractive topless idiot women in Belgium who went after Archbp. Leonard a while back? They behaved like complete morons and then threw water on him. How could anyone at the moment have known that it wasn’t acid or something else? (If you want to see the demonic ugly photos, check out the story from HuffPo, proud daily purveyors of the ugly and demonic. Slide 5 really captures the moment.)
Jokes about the “liturgical Beretta” aside, what to do when some anti-Catholic or heretic protesters must be denied Communion and then really starts to act out?
What do you do when hired protesters who were shouting “Hail, Satan!” show up at your church because Father is preaching against abortion or the HHS mandate or the same-sex marriage? Something like that happened at the Texas capitol the other day. (HERE)
I raise questions like this from time to time because I think we all have to get our heads around the changes going on around us. Some changes are happening really fast! Some preparation and planning now might be of great help in the future.
If fathers of families have to prepare and plan for bad and dangerous circumstances, such as making sure everyone knows what to do if there is a fire or a break in, so too should Fathers (bishops and priests) prepare and plan for bad and dangerous circumstances, such as making sure that at least a few people know what to do if A, B or C take place.
I foresee that certain groups will be more and more emboldened to “take on the Church” at the local level, that is, by acting up in and around parishes and chanceries. Some of these nut jobs will be violent, and you never know when a crowd can become a mob.
Think it can’t happen at your parish? Read this and think again…
(CNSNews.com) – A grassroots political consulting group, whose major clients include the Democratic National Committee (DNC), was recruiting individuals on Craigslist and offering to pay them $1,300 to $2,200 a month to “protect women’s rights” in Austin, Texas for their client, Planned Parenthood.
This is how radicals work.
A commentator mentioned the scene in The Cardinal in which Nazis break into the Archbishop’s palace in Vienna after the Anschluß and wreak havoc. This was in living memory, friends, in a city deemed to be a center of culture, sophistication, and Catholic faith. Do you think this could not be our situation in the course of a couple short years?