I can imagine a day when the government on some level — be it federal, state, country or city — will try to dictate to the Church that she must administer Holy Communion to Protestants and other non-Catholics along with abortion doctors, non-annulled remarried Catholics and others in grave sin. They will cry discrimination because of why one person can receive Holy Communion when another person cannot receive it. We already have public officials and lobby groups trying to bully bakeries, pizzerias and other businesses into catering to gay weddings. We already have people complaining why a priest refuses to offer Holy Communion to somebody in an active homosexual relationship or who is remarried without an annulment. Keith Olbermann, liberal Jew and former MSNBC host, lambasted a Catholic priest for denying Holy Communion to Douglas Kmiec, a former Reagan administration worker, who voted for Barack Obama.
“A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.” (Can. 1398)
So, canon law says, “Those who have been excommunicated or . . . obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion” (Can. 195). An excommunication is an ecclesiastical penalty for an individual in which he or she is barred from receiving other Sacraments and holding ecclesiastical office until they have been absolved and reconciled in Confession, so they have been placed outside of the Church at least until they confess their sins to a priest of the Church.
So, using secularist logic, how would this be so bad? Why would it be so bad in their logic to penalize an abortionist simply by barring him/her from receiving Holy Communion instead of putting them in jail or something harsher than that? It might be because they know the implications behind that being they place their souls in jeopardy by not receiving the Sacraments. It certainly is because they expect everything to be given freely and that there are no consequences for their actions. So, Olbermann makes a Catholic priest the worst people in the world that week for barring somebody from receiving Holy Communion for supporting the murder of unborn infants at their most vulnerable state in life instead of a guy Olbermann alleges to be racist or from those who perform abortions. If I had my own Worst People segment, Olbermann would be the worst.