Schismatics and Heretics must not receive Communion

Under Canon 915, anyone “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin” should not be given Communion, and additionally, this implies that they have an obligation of conscience not to receive. The sin proposed here is an objective mortal sin, which is a public type of sin, such as cohabitation, divorce and remarriage, publicly teaching heresy or promoting schism, promotion or approval of abortion or contraception, public support for same-sex marriage, etc.

Can. 915 Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.

The sins of formal heresy and formal schism carry the penalty of automatic excommunication. Furthermore, anyone teaching heresy or publicly promoting schism also guilty of “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin”. So for this reason also, they may not receive Communion.

If they do so anyway, they are guilty of an additional grave sin:
[1 Cor]
{11:27} And so, whoever eats this bread, or drinks from the cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be liable of the body and blood of the Lord.
{11:28} But let a man examine himself, and, in this way, let him eat from that bread, and drink from that cup.
{11:29} For whoever eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks a sentence against himself, not discerning it to be the body of the Lord.

Many Catholics today are guilty, privately, of heresy and/or schism, since they reject the authority and teaching of the Church. They eat and drink unworthily, if they receive Communion without prior repentance and confession.

Worse still, are those Catholics who publicly teach heresy or promote schism, since they add the grave sin of harming many souls to the sins of heresy and schism.

Anyone who publicly accuses Pope Francis of teaching material heresy, or of committing formal heresy, or of leading the Church astray, or who promotes schism in any other way, is guilty of formal schism and is automatically excommunicated. All such persons commit formal schism and are unworthy to receive Communion.

Anyone who publicly teaches or promotes heresy is also automatically excommunicated and is also guilty of formal heresy and may not receive Communion.

We have reached the point today, in the unfolding of the great schism (to be followed by the great apostasy), where many prominent popular Catholic authors, bloggers, and other commentators are openly teaching heresy (usually with the claim that it is merely the proper understanding of Church teaching) and/or are openly committing or promoting schism. And yet they continue to receive Communion, unworthily.

What amazes me is how few Catholics voice any objection to prominent Catholics who teach heresy and promote schism.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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