A great letter to the editor in a North Dakota newspaper about the whole Communion controversy. I wish more lay Catholics had the articulation, education, and gumption to write similar letters to their own hometown newspapers.
Jim Grimestad writes:
It is with great amusement that I read non-Catholics entreat the Catholic Bishops of America not to enforce the ban on communion to those Catholics in political life who support abortion. The church is merely sticking to its guideline of asking those who receive communion to be in communion with the teachings of the church.
It’s as simple as that. At one time there was a very basic rule for Catholics: You do not receive Communion if you are in a state of mortal sin. And if you give the appearance of mortal sin (like a public divorce and remarriage without an annulment) you would not be allowed to receive before you fixed the situation. No more. Now it’s free sample day at the supermarket and anyone who wants a taste can come right up and get one. Meanwhile, every Tom, Dick, and non-Catholic Harry feels like he has the right and obligation to tell Catholics how they should practice their faith and who should be allowed to partake of their most sacred rituals. There’s not a whole lot of freedom of religion left nowadays and our bishops are leading the way into it.