DENYING SOMEONE HOLY COMMUNION - A PRIMER

Lots of opinions about former VP Biden (who I will call "Mr. Biden" per US custom) being denied Holy Communion. Most of the opinions are uninformed garbage. Here's a quick overview re: when / how someone is denied Holy Communion.
I'll keep technical lingo to a minimum.

All baptized Catholics, by default, have a right to the sacraments that they can receive. Sometimes, your life prevents you from receiving a sacrament.

e.g., I do not have a right to the sacrament of Matrimony b/c I'm celibate. 1/
Someone may not have a right to Penance and Holy Communion because they are living a life that permanently alienates them from the Church.

However, if they approach for one of these sacraments, they can be denied if and only if they are "manifest grave sinners." 2/
Suspicion of "grave sin" i.e., mortal sin, is NOT sufficient cause to deny someone the sacrament. I can't deny Joey Joe Joe Shabadoo the Eucharist because I THINK he is in grave sin. I don't have access to that kind of knowledge. 3/
Grave sin must be MANIFEST - that is, public and enduring over time - before I can deny someone Holy Communion.

This is where Mr. Biden comes in. Voting to protect abortion "rights" is clearly grave matter for sin. That he voted like this multiple times is much, much worse. 4/
By his actions, he leads us to believe that he has willingly placed himself outside the communion of the Church. Therefore, so that he does not "eat and drink unto his own condemnation," it is an act of mercy to deny Mr. Biden Holy Communion. 5/
If he wishes to be readmitted to Holy Communion - wonderful! He needs to do two things:

1. Make a good confession.
2. Publicly renounce his prior public support for abortion.

A public crime (not sin, but crime) must be repaired in public. 6/
As a closer, no priest worth his salt EVER relishes the thought of denying someone a sacrament. It breaks our hearts and we lose sleep over it. An old priest told me that he only denied someone absolution once in his life.

"I still cry about it from time to time," he admitted.
Related - pay attention to what the priest in SC said about the situation with Mr. Biden. He is quoted, "SADLY ..." The guy is tore up about denying Mr. Biden Holy Communion, as any priest ought to be.
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I've clearly touched a nerve and lots of folks are upset. If you, who claim to be a good Catholic, intend to reply to the hateful comments of others with insults and derision, please move along.

You're not helping.
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