Canon law

A Catholic news web site announced yesterday afternoon that it is launching a nationwide “Withholding Communion” petition project to encourage the nation’s Catholic bishops to withhold Communion from prominent Catholics in public life who obstinately persist in their dissent from Catholic teaching on serious moral issues., a Catholic news portal, is launching the nationwide “Withholding Communion” petition. The goal of the petition drive is to gather a least 1 million
petitions for presentation to the U.S. Bishops and the Vatican, said in a news release.

The basis for withholding communion is Canon 915, which stipulates that those who “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” Archbishop Raymond Burke, head of the Church's highest court, reiterated his view on this subject in an interview with LifeSiteNews on Jan. 30, in which he stated, "The person who persists publicly in grave sin is to be denied Holy Communion, and it [Canon Law] doesn't say that the bishop shall decide this. It's an absolute."
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