This past week, the parish council for Uncle Joe’s church slithered its way into the debate on the topic of whether a catholic president should be allowed to take holy communion, in regards to his public support for abortion.
Hailing from the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the Holy Trinity Catholic Church put out a release from its parish council this past Tuesday “concerning the issues surrounding offering the Eucharist to American politicians.”
“As a parish which has a long history of welcoming all, we concur with and support the pastoral approach of our Archbishop. Holy Trinity Catholic Church will not deny the Eucharist to persons presenting themselves to receive it,” stated the release from the parish council.
However, the parish council itself has no power whatsoever about whether or not parishioners are allowed to step forward and receive sacraments.
The council stated that it agrees with the ideas of the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, who stated this past year that he would allow Biden to still be allowed to receive the sacrament.
“I’m not going to veer from that,” stated Gregory back in December, making sure to bring to light that Biden received holy communion during the entire eight years he served as the Vice President of the United States.
At the beginning of this past Month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued and held a vote to issue a document about the meaning of the sacrament. This event prompted speculation that the document could start down a road leading to politicians who are in support of abortion, such as Biden, being told they are not allowed to receive holy communion.
Uncle Joe’s church’s parish council labeled it “shocking and disappointing” that Gregoryy’s request to stop the document was entirely unsuccessful.
“Sadly, the recent vote has caused considerable desolation among our parishioners as well as Roman Catholics throughout the nation,” stated the parish council.
“As Pope Francis recently reaffirmed, communion should be viewed ‘not as a prize for the perfect, but as a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.’ None of us, whether we stand in the pews or behind the altar, is worthy to receive it. The great gift of the Holy Eucharist is too sacred to be made a political issue,” concluded the parish council’s statement.
This not the first time at all that the parish council of the Holy Trinity, which is currently run by the Jesuit order, has taken to speaking on such a heated political topic.
Back in March, when Pope Francis sent through a Vatican Decree that stated that priests cannot bless same-sex union because god “does not and cannot bless sin,” the council aired its extreme disappointment.
“Our lay-led ministry embraces individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer, intersex, asexual and their families and friends,” stated the council in a release.
“As pastoral ministers, parish leaders and parishioners at Holy Trinity, we have listened to the pain and frustration — and have experienced our own pain and frustration — caused by last week’s statement regarding the blessing of same-sex unions by the Vatican,” concluded the council. “This statement opened yet another wound that leaves our LGBTQIA+ parishioners and their families and friends wondering: what is my place in the Church?”