Tom Barrett should probably look over his shoulder the next time he takes Communion at a Catholic Church. Why? It appears that Catholic politicians, who are pro-abortion and vote their abortionist conscience, may be prohibited from partaking of Communion (the Holy Eucharist). Of course, this all depends on the Archdiocese.
On Tuesday, March 9th, the Milwaukee Press Club asked Archbishop Jerome Listecki if he would deny politicians Communion for voting against the teachings of the Catholic Church. Listecki said he did not foresee it, but would not rule it out saying each situation requires different approaches.
In recent times, a couple of prominent politicians have been denied Communion by the Church, which includes John Kerry and Patrick Kennedy (son of the late Ted Kennedy). Patrick Kennedy was described as not being a good practicing Catholic by his local Bishop, and Kerry was denied Communion in several states because he was expressively pro-choice and stated he would never permit a pro-life judge on the Supreme Court.
In sum, the Catholic Church considers abortion to be murder. And just as they would criticize those who publicly promote murder, they criticize those who promote abortion. They reserve the right to deny members of the church participation in Communion if they believe that they are unfit or are taking the body of Christ in an inappropriate manner. This became such a serious concern for Christians that the Apostle Paul warned the Corinthian Church about taking the body of Christ unworthily citing sickness and disease as the result.
This brings us to gubernatorial candidate, Tom Barrett. In the late 90s, when Tom Barrett was a Wisconsin Congressman, he voted against a proposed ban on partial birth abortion. To be clear, this procedure involves using a scissors to puncture the base of an unborn baby's head in order to vacuum out its brains. The vacuum grotesquely collapses the fetal skull for easy removal and disposal of its contents.
If observed, partial birth abortion is enough to make anyone nauseous and tormented by the brutal and inhumane treatment of defenseless human beings. And when I say defenseless, I mean some ultrasound abortions show fetuses struggling to avoid and escape the lethal vacuum before they are exterminated. And Barrett voted against banning this procedure not just once, but twice. It's important to note that he also voted to spend tax dollars on abortion in foreign countries.
Although voting for abortion-spending on foreign land is not as surprising as Barrett's vote on partial-birth abortion, it reveals something about his moral compass and his lack of fiscal conservatism. Barrett, a Roman Catholic, not only believes that mothers have the right to usurp the authority of God by deciding the fate of their unborn children, he also believes that taxpayer dollars are better spent killing unborn children across the globe.
Ultimately, Barrett will have to answer for his voting record sometime during his campaign run for governor. And when he does, this may incite Archbishop Listecki to deny Barrett access to Holy Communion.