Communion is an important part of a Catholic’s life. It is something that they participate in from an early age. John Cullerton is one such individual. Cullerton is a Democrat lawmaker that was targeted by a bishop in the Catholic Church because of his views on abortion.
The bishop ordered Cullerton and those that were with him that they were not to participate in Communion because of their support for the new abortion laws that were passed in Illinois this past week. The bishop was clear with all lawmakers when he ordered them to base their public policy on what their professed faith was.
Democrats that are Catholic often do not practice what they believe in by way of religious belief.
Cullerton has stated that “It’s very, very tricky. We don’t codify the Catholic Church’s positions. You have your beliefs that are taught by the church, and it’s in your mind, but your role as a legislator is a little different.” One cannot easily separate out what one believes in so easily as it defines actions they are likely to take on a certain issue.
The directive that Bishop Thomas Paprocki handed down states from the law of the church and other legislation that, “treats babies in the womb like property, allowing for their destruction for any reason at any time, is evil.”
He went on to indicate that if any of the lawmakers present wanted to receive Communion, then they would need to confess, repent and then display “a public conversion of life.”
The state of Illinois has taken the path that abortion is fine for a woman to have done. Other states have gone the other way and have severely limited abortions within state borders. Illinois is a Democratic-run state that mainly follows party beliefs on many political and moral issues.
The vast majority of Democratic leaders are in favor of abortion and will argue the point with anyone that will listen.
The Catholic Church does not favor any kind of abortion.
They view a child in the womb as a human being from the start. Father Stan Chu Ilo has stated, “There is a major logjam in the conversation in the Catholic Church in America and in the greater western society because of this dualism you find. Either you are progressive or traditional. Whether you are red or you are blue.”
Ilo has also stated in response to the decree that it is, “ill-advised, unhelpful and will be counterproductive. Contemporary Catholicism has long left behind the era when church officials used draconian and punitive measures and threats of hellfire to compel the minds and hearts of Catholics. This decree should be rescinded because it is not an appropriate and effective means of engaging Catholic politicians in their public role as representatives of all citizens.”
Some religious leaders believe that the issue of abortion should not be discussed in a church setting. Instead, they believe that religious leaders need to focus on other issues like gun control, drug abuse, and even immigration.
The problem with such positions is that it puts the church as a political information source and not in a position to help with the issue of sin in a person’s life.
Others also maintain that a person should vote based on what they believe in. If a person believes that abortion is wrong, then their vote should be for people that are Pro-Life. In order to truly believe in something would mean that one’s life is lived based on that belief. To live any other way is to be untrue to one’s beliefs.
President Trump is one potential example of a person that lives what he believes to be right about life and morals.
It is clear that he holds to the preservation of life, he believes that honesty is the best policy, he believes in fairness, and that all people are created equal and have certain rights that cannot be taken away by any one person or establishment.
The bishop that ordered the decree was another example of a person living what they believed to be right. The politicians that were at the service are living a dual standard. They say they believe one way and act it out completely different.