One top Democrat appears to have just lost his mind.
Fox News reports that Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) lashed out at the Catholic Church over the weekend in the wake of a recent report indicating the church may look to deny Communion to politicians like him who have expressed support for abortion rights.
Lieu flouts church doctrines
Like all great political diatribes, Lieu’s rant to U.S.-based Catholic bishops was posted to Twitter.
Dear @USCCB: I’m Catholic and I support:
-A woman’s right to choose
-Treatments for infertility
-The right for people to get a divorce
-The right of same sex marriage
Next time I go to Church, I dare you to deny me Communion. https://t.co/bUmiyJ8TtH
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 18, 2021
In a subsequent post, the Democrat called the bishops “hypocrites.”
“You did not tell Bill Barr, a Catholic, not to take [C]ommunion when he expanded killing human beings with the death penalty. You are being nakedly partisan and you should be ashamed. Another reason you are losing membership,” Lieu wrote.
Lieu went ask the clergy whether they are going to deny Communion to Catholics who have undergone abortion procedures, who are divorced, or who “love another human being of the same sex.”
“You should be deeply ashamed for politically weaponizing the sacred sacrament of Communion,” the congressman added.
The begging question
Last week, U.S. bishops overwhelmingly voted in favor of drafting a new document on the meaning of the Eucharist, reports noted. The move came after a debate on whether politicians, like President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), ought to be allowed to receive Communion despite holding stances contrary to the church’s teachings.
It is expected that in this new document, the Catholic Church is going to admonish these lawmakers and others who support anti-Catholic positions.
It is also expected that the church is going to leave it up to each bishop to determine whether the politicians will be offered Communion.
Of course, the question remains: If Democrats like Lieu don’t believe in the teachings of the Catholic Church, why do they continue to declare themselves Catholics?