Check out this piece at the National Catholic Register (not to be confused with the National Schismatic Reporter aka Fishwrap).
Background: A Chicago – Murder Central USA – police officer was killed in the line. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a non-Catholic Christian in a same-sex marriage, went up for Communion and a priest gave her Communion.
More about that. The priest is a chaplain to the Chicago Police Department. Gotta be a tough job. He says he is “mortified” that he gave Communion to someone like Lightfoot, and well he should be.
In an interview Friday with CNA, Father Dan Brandt said just moments prior to Communion he was asked by Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, the main celebrant, to take his place distributing the Eucharist and became flustered when he saw the mayor step forward as the first in his line.
“You know something, I am to blame for that, and I am mortified,” Father Brandt said.
“I actually gave her Communion, but she was the very first one up there, and I wasn‘t supposed to give out Communion, and at the last second Cardinal Cupich said, ’I‘m going to sit out Communion; you take my spot.’”
“And so, I didn‘t know where I was going. I mean, I was totally, the whole weekend was a blur. I was going on very little sleep,” the Catholic police chaplain explained. “And, anyways, I’m making excuses, but, yes, she came up, and I put the sacred Host in her hand, and I was like ‘Oh!’ — and, of course, it was too late at that point. And I was like, ‘Oh, dear God, have mercy.’”
Father Brandt added that he is deeply apologetic toward those who were offended by the mayor receiving Communion.
First, I believe this priest. Frankly, I think you would have to be pretty tired and distracted not to recognize the highly distinctive and visible Mayor. Think about it. But I believe he is really sorry for having given Lightfoot Communion.
However, notice details.
Lightfoot was sitting in the front, “a front pew”, a noticeable place and, of course, an early pew for Communion time.
“Moments before”, Cupich (in Chicago because of McCarrick -must see video HERE) told this priest to distribute for him, that is in the principle place for Communion where the people of distinction and family would be.
So the PRIEST is the one seen to refuse or to give Communion to Lightfoot not the CARDINAL ARCHBISHOP safely sitting and watching to see what happens next. All live-streamed on the internet and local TV.
Imagine the press had the priest refused her Communion. Imagine the statement issued by Cupich’s office.
I wonder if Lightfoot’s office contacted Cupich’s office beforehand, to say that she would be there.
And… NO… the provision in Canon Law for the possibility of Communion for non-Catholics doesn’t apply here. Not. At. All. As the NCREg article says:
Under canon law, for a Protestant to be given Communion, he or she must be unable to approach a minister of their own community; express their adhesion to the Catholic faith regarding the sacraments; and be properly disposed.
Proper disposition to receive Communion includes freedom from mortal sin and actual devotion, and it is dogma that the state of grace is necessary for the worthy reception of the Eucharist.