“Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it.”
Certainly, politicians act like children.
But, usually, not like the children of God.
Many quasi-Catholics, of the cafeteria variety, and pseudo-Catholics, of the Democratic-progressive persuasion, have been waging war on the true meaning of the Eucharist. Cardinals of the broken wing variety, like Walter Kasper, and more than a few clergy cohorts, tried their best during the ‘Synod on the Family’ to change the meaning of the ‘Real Presence’ Communion of Jesus Christ with the powerful dis-unifying disorder otherwise known as divorce and remarriage. What appears on the surface to be mercy is really an encouragement, in the ultimate reward of Eucharistic reception, for the disordering of the order of marriage arranged by God Himself. Yes, sometimes divorce is a victimhood of one person through the ill will of another. Yes, in a disordered remarriage there are, quite often, innocent children involved. But reality is real, and facts are still facts. Jesus condemned divorce–but not necessarily the divorced–by divinely reinstituting marriage as God’s primordial plan.
There are other things we must consider.
Last Supper imagery reminds us that Judas Iscariot left prior to the institution of the Eucharist by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Eucharist, moreover, is Jesus Christ, and as heaven is the presence of God, and no one will enter heaven with even a stain of sin, hence the need for purgation (purgatory), the Eucharistic Communion between God and man demands no spot of mortal sin. St. Paul reminds us of that in warning against receiving the Eucharist ‘unworthily.’
So what brings this ‘unworthily’ state?
First, it would be found in persons of high responsibility. The Catholic Nancy Pelosi’s and Joe Biden’s of the world. Regardless of honors received from Notre Dame, a political career stained with the death of millions of unborn babies merits official excommunication from the Eucharist. How could it not, and not be seen as an official endorsement of abortion and eugenics in general? Then there is a state of being. And this state would be the state of divorce and remarriage. Though these people can, and should, be forgiven of their sins–as we all hopefully will–the Eucharist should be given, and received, as the Lord Himself willed.
Now there are certain circumstances that Church authorities with much greater expertise than mine can discern. That is why the Church has annulments. That is why the Church hears every case person by person. But in the case of abortion promoting politicians, nothing short of their kneeling, crawling public apology, finished with a sincere confession, can there be any consideration of Eucharistic Communion. In the case of divorce and remarriage, once again, that is why we have experts in annulments.
So how can withholding the Eucharist be merciful?
First, it is in obedience to the teaching of Jesus concerning divorce. Second, it is with full respect for both the Right to Life and the Sacrament of Matrimony, as God designed it. Third, through the sacrament of Reconciliation, and unity with the prayerful Body of Christ, it teaches a valuable lesson of the gift of God’s unity and the consequences of fallen human disunity. To reiterate, it keeps the holy, Holy.
And it fully trusts in God’s Mercy to overcome all truly repented evil.
Furthermore, it leaves God to be the Savior. Not us! in our delusional political correctness, relativism, and mushy pop progressivism.
The Eucharist, moreover, is not a status symbol for the rich and famous. It is the medicine of divine life for the poor, lost sinner. But it is only worthily received in true repentance of our sins. For it is Jesus Himself: truth, unity, justice, and mercy. It is not a cookie, or an empty symbol, but the True Living Presence of the Lord who suffered and died for our salvation. It must not be thrown to unrepentant dogs like the Pro-Choice politician.
Furthermore, God will grace the repentant divorcee and remarried Catholic to live faithfully in their present state as God desires, and the Church so teaches. And in doing so, they will receive the Wisdom to understand the withholding of the Eucharist as a necessary part of God’s Divine Mercy for them.
They will understand it as their part in the Paschal Mystery of the Redeemer.