Democrat politicians, adept at “weaponizing” everything from children’s television programming to the FBI, are accusing the Catholic church of “weaponizing” religion by moving to deny Holy Communion to Catholic politicians who oppose church views on abortion.
The Daily Wire reports that Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) is threatening the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) with stripping the Catholic Church of its tax-exempt status after the group drafted a policy that would affect Democrats as highly placed as Joe Biden, who was installed in the White House in January after the ouster of President Donald Trump.
“If they’re going to politically weaponize religion by ‘rebuking’ Democrats who support women’s reproductive choice, then a ‘rebuke’ of their tax-exempt status may be in order,” Huffman tweeted, repeating the leftist line that killing one’s unborn child is a “choice,” while becoming pregnant with that child is not.
Some 60 Catholic House Democrats warned the USCCB in mid-June against what they called “weaponizing” Communion. The USCCB on June 18 voted overwhelmingly for the document, which will advise bishops how best to enforce the guidelines regarding the reception of the ritual by people who are in the public eye.
The church’s Code of Canon Law specifies that those who are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
“We seek the Church’s guidance and assistance but believe also in the primacy of conscience,” the statement from the House Democrats reads in part. “In recognizing the Church’s role in providing moral leadership, we acknowledge and accept the tension that comes with being in disagreement with the Church in some areas.”
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) told the DailyWire, “The more contempt the Democrat Party has for Christianity, the more hostile it becomes to religious liberty.”
Rep. Jared Huffman’s demand to revoke the Catholic Church’s tax-exempt status follows on the heels of an IRS ruling denying a Christian group its application for tax exemption. The agency justified the denial, saying the group’s “Biblical values are exclusively Republican.”