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June 2, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — On the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Church sets aside a day for us to reflect on the gift of the true bread from heaven. It was foreshadowed by the manna that was sent from heaven to the Israelites on their journey to the Promised Land. Each day God fed them with the bread from heaven. In this way, God was with them.

This bread we consecrate in the Mass and then consume after we offer it to the Father is the fulfillment of all the different ways Jesus remains with his people. He remains with us by his Spirit. He remains with us in his Word. He remains with us in the community where two or three are gathered. He remains with us through his ministers, appointed by him to preach the Gospel. But above all, Jesus is with us physically in this Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist.

I want to reflect here on the different dimensions of the Eucharist from the vantage point of our commitment to defend human life. This is our full-time ministry at Priests for Life, and it has been my whole ministry, devoted to protecting the unborn — the youngest and smallest children — bringing an end to the violence of abortion, the most prevalent violence in the world. The Eucharist has a lot to say about this commitment that I share with so many of you.

The Eucharist, first of all, is a sacrament of faith. The Eucharist doesn’t look any different from unconsecrated bread, and yet faith tells us there’s something more there, beyond what we see and beyond size. The smallest little particle of the Eucharist is God, is Jesus, is his body and blood and soul and divinity. Faith teaches us that the value of something does not depend on its size or its appearance, so we learn from every particle of the Eucharist.

The Eucharist is a sacrament of life. “We proclaim your death, O Lord, and we profess your resurrection,” we say in Mass. Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. What happens in this sacrifice of the Eucharist? Death is conquered. That’s what happened. “Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life.” Jesus has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through his Gospel. To stand with Christ is to stand with life and, therefore, to stand against whatever destroys life, and there’s nothing, nothing, that’s destroying more life than abortion.

The Eucharist is a sacrament of true worship. By shedding his blood, by offering his body, Jesus established a new form of worship, a true form of worship that puts God at the center of our lives, of our choices, of our thoughts, of our desires, of our actions. We have the center of gravity shift from ourselves — that’s the kingdom of darkness, the culture of death, when we assert that we have the right to do anything merely because we want to do it. That’s not worship; it’s the opposite of worship. This notion of pro-choice, that everything ultimately depends on what I think, what I believe, and what I choose, that’s a quick road to hell. That’s not the unity of the human family.

True worship — putting God at the center, putting Christ in the middle of everything and letting him be the center of gravity — teaches us that we find our freedom, our happiness, and our fulfillment precisely when we submit our choices to him. Yes, we have our freedom of choice, but why? So that we can freely choose him, not that we can freely choose to kill. Happiness is not found by pushing someone else out of the way; it’s found when we push ourselves out of the way and make room for the other person.

The Eucharist is a sacrament of unity. “When I am lifted up from the earth,” Jesus says, “I will draw all people to myself.” That’s what he does on the cross. He’s lifted up on the cross, and then he’s lifted up in the glory of the resurrection and the ascension. He’s breaking down the enmity that existed between us and God. He’s creating one new person — the Church. He is the head; we are the members. Abortion seeks to destroy that unity. There is no more direct and devastating attack on human relationships than abortion.

The Eucharist is a sacrament of love. Love —the most abused and misused word, but the Word of God restores its original meaning. In scripture we find that God showed his love to us by offering his son as a sacrifice for our sins. In the Eucharist is where we find the meaning of love: I sacrifice myself. The greatest symbol of love is not the heart; it’s the crucifix. “This is my body,” the Lord says, “given for you that you may have life.” Some will take those words and say, “This is my body. I can do what I want. Even if it means killing the baby, it’s my body.” They use those words in the service of death. Jesus uses them in the service of life, and at every Mass we are saying those words, and we are brought right to the heart of the meaning of this Eucharist — the sacrifice, the sacrament, the revelation of love, and by receiving it, we have the power to love.

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PETITION UPDATE (9/3/21)

Following the US Supreme Court's decision to allow Texas' Heartbeat Law to go into effect, Joe Biden made the announcement that he would initiate a "whole-of-government" response against the new pro-life statute which could ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

This is yet another, outright confirmation of Biden's openly pro-abortion policies, policies which have the main objective of ensuring that women will continue to be able to kill their own children without impediment.

This anti-life, anti-Catholic stance needs to be urgently addressed and condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For the good of the Church, for the good of pre-born babies, for the good of the faithful, and, indeed, for his own good, Joe Biden needs to be publicly rebuked by the bishops and excommunicated until such time as he repents from his pro-abortion policies.

Please continue to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

Thank you!

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"No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." - Matthew 6:24

In the lead-up to their meeting in mid-June, we call on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to exclude Joe Biden and other “Catholic” politicians (like, Nancy Pelosi) from Holy Communion over their public, obstinate, and scandalous promotion of abortion.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the USCCB to act to stop the abuse of the reception of the Holy Eucharist by politicians who promote the murder of innocent pre-born babies.

We know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.

Indeed, Canon Law (Canon 915) declares that those who persist in manifest, grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion

Beyond that, at this point, public excommunication appears as the only suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of promoting abortion.

In doing so, we do not hold ourselves up as judges over Joe Biden's eternal soul, but we encourage the bishops to make known one of the consequences of public and obstinate support of abortion by our 'Catholic' politicians.

The fact is, in terms of the manifest, grave sin of abortion, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be before the election.

Therefore, it is cold comfort that the USCCB is only preparing to discuss this issue only now.

But even now, if the USCCB publicly excommunicate Biden for his pro-abortion stance (as well as other pro-abortion politicians), the Conference could reclaim some of the moral authority which they lost by their largely silent assent to Biden's candidacy.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, now.

Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing orders and bills which facilitate the destruction of unborn human life.

  • In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.
  • Biden also signed (instead of vetoing) the COVID relief bill, which, for the first time in 44 years, contained funding for abortions in America, using taxpayer dollars.
  • Biden said that he wouldn't defend Hyde, and he hasn't.

And, if he and the Democratic Party get their way, a lot more of the same regarding abortion is on the way.

Strong action must be taken lest anyone, especially young people, be confused by the scandal of a "Catholic" in Biden's position aggressively promoting abortion, enabling the killing of innocent human beings.

American rank-and-file Catholics don't want any more compromise and equivocation from the Bishops Conference on this "pre-eminent" life-and-death issue.

We want clear action, not twenty more years of dithering and "dialoguing."

50 million babies have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe!

So, we will NOT accept any more lives lost as a result of dithering and "dialoguing." [**Please see "Notes" below about how it has been reported that some senior U.S. clerics are trying to prevent this discussion from even taking place.]

And, we will especially NOT accept one life lost to abortion by politicians who claim the Catholic Faith, but who promote grave evil. God forbid!

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by not imposing public canonical penalties on a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

The bishops are now at a crossroads and must choose either God or mammon.

We call on them to choose God and choose Life!

And we also continue to encourage those brave, true and good bishops who have done well to warn Amercian Catholics about the perils to the unborn and the Faith resulting from Biden's promotion of abortion!

SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/joe-biden-i-support-abortion-under-any-circumstance

Biden administration has opened the way for ‘abortion by mail on a massive scale’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-administration-unleashed-by

‘Catholic’ Biden marks Roe v. Wade anniversary with pledge to make abortion available for ‘everyone’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-biden-marks-roe-v-wade-anniversary-with-pledge-to-make-abortion-available-for-everyone

BREAKING: DC archbishop affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Joe Biden - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-dc-archbishop-affirms-he-will-give-holy-communion-to-pro-abortion-joe-biden

Vatican puts brakes on US bishops confronting problem of pro-abortion Biden receiving Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-puts-brakes-on-us-bishops-confronting-problem-of-pro-abortion-biden-receiving-holy-communion

Abp. Aquila backs call for pro-abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to be denied Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion

Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-floats-excommunication-for-biden-over-his-aggressive-promotion-of-abortion

Biden’s HHS is lying about Title X to push abortion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bidens-hhs-is-lying-about-title-x-to-push-abortion

List of US bishops for and against denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden, Pelosi - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/list-of-us-bishops-for-and-against-denying-communion-to-pro-abortion-politicians-like-biden-pelosi

Notes about USCCB's June Meeting:

For nearly twenty years, the US bishops have been dithering about whether or not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians by formally withholding Holy Communion from them.

Their indecision on this gravely scandalous matter is a scandal in itself, but one of the biggest obstacles has been internal opposition from senior U.S. bishops.

And, although the faces have changed in the last 20 years, their morally-and-intellectually-challenged arguments against excommunication have not changed.

Liberal bishops of the USCCB say that excommunicating Biden (for example) would divide the Church, divide the bishops, and would politicize the reception of Holy Communion.

Indeed, in the name of “unity,” it is reported that some senior U.S. clerics, including Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Washington, DC) and Cardinal O’Malley (Boston), have been working overtime to prevent any substantial discussion of so-called “Eucharist coherence” (that is, what qualifies as worthy reception of Holy Communion).

It is also reported that at least 57 other American bishops allegedly joined these Cardinals in a recent letter to the Head of the Bishops Conference, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, to try to pressure him to drop the planned discussion at the full meeting of bishops in June.

And now, even the Vatican is getting involved, with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggesting that even more “dialogue” is needed.

These same clerics may mistakenly believe that any attempt to suppress the objective connection between a politician’s promotion of abortion and his unworthy reception of Holy Communion will fool anyone.

But, it will not.

Rank-and-file Catholics are not stupid and can smell compromise a mile away, and we’ve had enough.

With all due respect to the Cardinal, bishops, and the Vatican…those who fail to act diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by “dialoguing” with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging the bishops Conference to take action at their June meeting to exclude pro-abortion Joe Biden and other abortion-promoting “Catholic” politicians from Holy Communion.

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Let us make this feast of the Eucharist — this feast of Corpus Christi — a feast of welcome: welcoming him and one another in this sacrament of faith life, true worship, unity, and love. May that be the fruit of this celebration.

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