Today at The Catholic Thing, there is a great, clear piece by distinguished theologian Fr. Thomas Weinandy, OFMCap about politicizing the Eucharist.
Libs and those antinomians who have given themselves to the wisdom of this world falsely accuse those who would – in regard to manifestly, persistently dissenting catholic politicians – uphold the Church’s law of “politicizing the Eucharist”.
That is not true. Rather, those who would uphold laws like can. 915 and teach about can. 916 are worried about the salvation of souls, rather than – like their critics – the creation of a “reset” utopia.
Let’s have some clear thought from Fr. Weinandy:
To refuse to give Holy Communion to dissident Catholic politicians, however, is not to politicize the Eucharist. The politicizing of the Eucharist occurs in the act of the Catholic politician presenting himself or herself to receive Communion even though he or she is well aware that to do so is contrary to what the Church teaches.
[S]uch Catholic politicians, in presenting themselves, are using – and so abusing – the Eucharist for seemingly political purposes – to present themselves as “devout” Catholics. Therein lies a threefold irony.
First, those who are unquestionably devout Catholics do not need to identify themselves as such – it is evident to all that they are. … Second, when a dissident politician declares that he or she is a devout Catholic, one immediately perceives that something is awry. … The third irony is that no one is fooled by this charade, except maybe the self-deluded politician. …
The Catholic faithful must pray, therefore, not only for the conversion of so-called “devout Catholic” politicians, but also for the Lord’s protection of his Holy Church.
Do I hear an “Amen!”?