'We cannot receive Jesus Christ, our Creator, while at the same time subscribing to a law which is allowing us to destroy the lives which are given of God,' declared the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The rubrics of the traditional liturgy are all deliberate and with a purpose; those pertaining to the Holy Eucharist remind the priest he is handling the sacred mysteries, which are a heavenly food unlike any other.
Former CEO of Religious News Service said it is 'untenable' that he would be asked to deny Communion to someone, even though it would be required if he knew a Catholic was publicly and obstinately in a state of mortal sin.
'It has been the constant teaching of the Catholic Church for the past two thousand years that those persons conscious of grave sin must first repent, confess their sins to a priest, and receive sacramental absolution before receiving Holy Communion. This teaching is reflected in the Church’s canon law and sacramental discipline.'