Democrats are apparently threatening the Catholic Church, saying there will be consequences should they dare deny President Joe Biden and other pro-abortion Catholics communion.
Democrats are holding the church’s tax-exempt status over their heads – bullying them into submission by suggesting they may revoke it if they church goes against them.
Democrat Rep. Jared Huffman lofted the threat at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) claiming that they were “politically weaponizing religion” after the USCCB on Friday overwhelmingly voted in favor of drafting a document that could lead to a rebuke of publicly pro-abortion Catholic politicians such as President Joe Biden.
“If they’re going to politically weaponize religion by ‘rebuking’ Democrats who support women’s reproductive choice, then a ‘rebuke’ of their tax-exempt status may be in order,” Huffman tweeted.
Huffman’s threatening message is violently clear – don’t go against us, or we’ll make you pay.
The Catholic Church strongly opposes all forms of abortion.
On the day of Biden’s inauguration, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, underscored this point, publicly criticizing the new president’s position.
“Abortion is a direct attack on life that also wounds the woman and undermines the family,” Archbishop Gomez said. “It is not only a private matter, it raises troubling and fundamental questions of fraternity, solidarity and inclusion in the human community.”
Huffman’s tweet followed a statement last week from 60 Catholic House Democrats who warning the USCCB against what they described as “weaponizing” the Eucharist.
According to the Code of Canon Law, those who are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
“We seek the Church’s guidance and assistance but believe also in the primacy of conscience,” the statement from the House Democrats reads in part. “In recognizing the Church’s role in providing moral leadership, we acknowledge and accept the tension that comes with being in disagreement with the Church in some areas.”
“We recognize that no political party is perfectly in accord with all aspects of Church doctrine,” the statement continues. “This fact speaks to the secular nature of American democracy, not the devotion of our democratically elected leaders. Yet we believe we can speak to the fundamental issues that unite us as Catholics and lend our voices to changing the political debate — a debate that often fails to reflect and encompass the depth and complexity of these issues.”
“We believe the separation of church and state allows for our faith to inform our public duties and best serve our constituents. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is central to the life of practicing Catholics, and the weaponization of the Eucharist to Democratic lawmakers for their support of a woman’s safe and legal access to abortion is contradictory,” the statement adds.
Huffman, who co-chairs of the Congressional Freethought Caucus with Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin, has been an outspoken opponent of religious influence in government.
In December, he and Raskin presented the Biden administration with a 28-page document drafted by the Secular Democrats of America PAC (SDA), which urged for the repeal of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
Among other things, the document also recommended opposing “religious displays on government property,” and also called for a “crackdown on nonprofits operating as businesses, including megachurches.”
Author: Arnold Richton