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Judas and Kerry

It seems to be the challenging question that most pro-Kerry-receiving-the-Eucharist folks like to throw up during a debate - and I've even heard Sean Hannity ask it on his radio show: Why are bishops denying Communion to these people when even Our Lord did not deny bread to Judas, whom he knew was His betrayer?

I guess those of us who support Bishop Burke et al are supposed to quake in our shoes over that one.

A careful viewing of the scriptures however prove this question to be the red herring that it really is.

For starters, once Judas has betrayed our Lord, as in willfully, with full knowledge and with free will, he never receives the Eucharist from our Lord or anyone else ever again. Indeed Judas' willful and public betrayal of Jesus ultimately ends in his own demise.

There is absolutely no parallel with John Kerry and the other politicians. They are not contemplating a public betrayal of their faith, they have already loudly and proudly betrayed it. But like Judas, unworthy reception will eventually lead to their spiritual demise.

Secondly, if we look at John Chapter 6, when our Lord gives the full teaching on His true presence in the Eucharist, many reject the teaching as being too hard. Note that our Lord does not call them back. He lets them leave, again with free will. He didn't change the teaching to make it easier, He didn't tell them to receive even if they didn't believe - He let them go/

The Pro-Life, Pro Eucharist Bishops call these politicians to the truth, not the watered down version.

Looking forward to getting this question in real life sometime!

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