Recently, Cardinal Raymond Burke appeared on a Fox News interview with jam-packed material. He covered many topics, but one of the most pivotal: Pro-Abortion politicians should “not present themselves for Communion.”
He spoke of several topics, the three most important: The Catholic Faith being under attack in D.C., Pro-Abortion Politicians receiving Communion, and an Apostasy of the Faith amongst Catholic Politicians.
Pro-Aborts Receiving Communion
Calling it “sacrilege,” Cardinal Burke said that he such a reception of Communion, while they teach abortion is morally permissible, is damaging to the politician. According to Catholic Church Teaching an ‘unworthy reception’ harms the recipient as they commit sacrilege (profaning the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) while trying to receive him in a state of “mortal sin.”
Such an act of sacrilegious Communion makes a person “guilty of the body and blood of the Lord,” hence guilty of killing Christ on the Cross all over again.
Recent Study On Belief in the Real Presence
A recent study from Pew, showed that 31% of Catholics believe that the Eucharist is the “body, blood, soul & divinity” of Christ (the Real Presence). This is an increase from 20% in the year 2000. A relative 51% increase of Catholics believe this dogma today, versus 19 years ago.
This may be part of the problem. A Catholic who does not believe in the Real Presence could not believe he is guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, since in their minds it is only a symbol.
The Eucharist being part symbol was condemned at the Council of Trent in the 1500s (Canon I). At Trent, the heresies of Martin Luther were condemned in whole, not part, including this false doctrine of Consubstantiation (Partial Real Presence, Council of Trent, Canon II). Not even an apostle, public revelation prophet, or pope has the authority to overturn “what is bound in Heaven” (Matt 16:18, Matt 18:18, e.g. Luke 10:16).
Even former Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Prefect, Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, has spoken of the limits of papal authority and that even the pope can not change certain teachings, which would not be magisterial (authentic teaching). +M