(LifeSiteNews) — Catholic Action for Faith and Family (CAFF) recently announced a “nationwide, laity-led campaign” to ensure each cleric in the United States receives a copy of Cardinal Raymond Burke’s new book about distributing the Holy Eucharist titled “Deny Holy Communion?”
“Deny Holy Communion?” is a concise, powerful look at the Catholic Church’s teaching on worthy reception of the Holy Eucharist,” the group began in its recent press release. “In the 65-page book, Cardinal Burke presents the Church’s pastoral response to widespread confusion regarding worthy reception of the Eucharist.”
“Catholic public figures, such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden, have made headlines and stirred controversy by receiving Holy Communion despite publicly advocating for abortion rights and other issues at odds with Catholic teaching,” the group continued. “The ensuing confusion and scandal are another reason why CAFF’s campaign is all the more crucial for educating Catholic clergy and laity.”
Speaking on the importance of the campaign, CAFF Thomas McKenna explained:
Now, more than ever, it’s time for the laity to rise up and support our bishops, priests, and deacons, in faithfully proclaiming the truths of our faith, particularly with respect to worthy reception of communion. The source and summit of our faith, the Holy Eucharist, must not be mocked by unrepentant public sinners advocating for gravely immoral policies like abortion and same-sex ‘marriage.’
The Church’s teaching on this is clear, consistent, and longstanding, going back to the words of St. Paul. We strongly support our bishops, priests, and deacons boldly proclaiming the truth and hope that more join them. Any retreat from this teaching and practice is a surrender to those seeking to divide the Church and water down its teachings.
The CAFF further explained that as part of its campaign, “every Catholic bishop, priest, and deacon in the United States will receive a courtesy copy of Cardinal Burke’s book, a letter from CAFF President Thomas McKenna explaining the campaign’s purpose, and a reply card on which recipients can provide feedback.”
Liberal bishops around the world continue promoting heterodox views on homosexuality, female priests, divorce, contraception, and more — advancing anti-Catholic positions that jeopardize the salvation of souls.
Such bishops often sideline, ignore and even persecute traditional Catholics who simply ask that the Faith be preserved and passed on to their children.
But traditional Catholics cannot be silenced any longer, which is why we are uniting in this international boycott of modernist bishops and dioceses until the deposit of Faith is upheld by the hierarchy again.
SIGN: We will not fund modernist bishops or priests who undermine the Catholic Faith, but rather direct our contributions towards faithful clergy and orders that work for the salvation of souls.
There are countless examples of bishops working against Christ's Church in calling for divine law to be ignored in favor of sexual, doctrinal and liturgical deviancy, even trying to clamp down on Catholics who practise the Faith.
Just last year, Cardinal Cupich banned traditional prayers after Mass, and more recently has curtailed the Traditional Latin Mass in his diocese.
Cardinal Cupich has banned the Hail Mary and St Michael Prayer after Mass— Nick Donnelly (@ProtecttheFaith) August 27, 2021
Who but a devil would ban these prayers after Mass
The attack on the Faith is out in the open, with modernist bishops causing scandal in countless ways:
- Shutting down the Latin Mass in numerous parishes
- Rejecting the Church's teaching on sodomy
- Ignoring Vatican cover-ups of abuse by fellow bishops
- Celebrating LGBT Masses
- And so much more!
We have seen enough. Now is the time to show true Catholic unity against those who undermine the Faith - do not be bullied into submission by these men who would disfigure Christ's Church.
JOIN THE BOYCOTT & SHARE! Tell everyone you know to STOP giving money to bishops who attack the Catholic Faith.
"We therefore commit to a financial boycott of modernist bishops until the hierarchy resolves to uphold the entire deposit of Faith."
If the bishops refuse to uphold and protect the teaching of Christ's Bride, the Catholic Church, then we must refuse to support them until they repent.
P.S. — Demanding that liberal bishops be held to account through financial boycott will help save the Church from doctrinal and pastoral ruin. This is the first step in restoring the Faith for future generations. Our time is now, so please join us by signing today!
Photos: Pope Francis. Flickr. Long Thiên; Cardinal Cupich. Flickr. Goat_Girl; Collection Plate: Lisa F. Young/Shutterstock
While everyone on earth is called to become Catholic, and all those who are Catholic are compelled under pain of sin to attend Mass every Sunday, the Church has always held that those in public grave sin are to be denied the Holy Eucharist.
Those in private mortal sin are likewise to avoid reception of the Holy Eucharist, and most receive absolution via the Sacrament of Penance before approaching the altar for communion.
As mentioned by McKenna, the Church bases her doctrine on this matter large on the words of St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26:
Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.
This doctrine has also been reiterated throughout Church history, as Burke himself has previously pointed out, by St. John Chrysostom in Ecclesia de Eucharistia; St. Basil the Great in his “First Letter on the Canons;” St. Augustine in “Sermon 227;” St. Francis of Assisi in his “Exhortation to the Clergy;” Pope Gregory the Great in the Decree of Gratian; and in Pope Gregory IX’s Decretals, which cites teaching on this matter found in the Third Lateran Council of 1179.