DC Archbishop Gregory is a heretic, affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abort Joe Biden
Justin Haggerty | The Daily Knight
Archbishop Wilton Gregory, from the Archdiocese of Washington D.C., who is currently in Rome to be made a cardinal on Saturday, spoke with America Magazine, expressing his support for Joe Biden’s wish to receive Holy Communion, despite being an ardent supporter of abortion and other issues that stand contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Giving a very open ended statement, Archbishop Gregory said “I hope it’s a real dialogue, because I think that’s the mantra of Pope Francis — that we should be a church in dialogue, even with those with whom we have some serious disagreements.” It is clear that the soon to be cardinal has no intentions to hold Biden, or anyone for that matter, accountable for opposing Church teachings.
Archbishop Gregory should recant this statement and demand Biden's conversion and repentance; and if refused, call for Biden's excommunication by his home Ordinary.
Furthermore, Archbishop Gregory is committing formal heresy by publicly asserting a belief contrary to Church teaching; a position that not only jeopardizes the eternal soul of Joe Biden, but the millions of Catholics who may be led into error by the Archbishop's heretical position. It become more evident why Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, rebuked Archbishop Gregory as a "false shepherd" this past June.
The Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church teaches that abortion is a mortal sin, because it is the murder of an innocent human being, thus violating God's sixth commandment, and that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” and “under no circumstances can they be approved” (CCC 2270-2272; CCC 2357). Joe Biden, for most of his flip-flopping political career, have supported the pro-abort and gender ideology agendas on the path to earn more votes. He has also supported tenants of socialism and marxism, both denounced by every pope since Pope Blessed Pius XI, 1846-1878.
The greater issue here is the heretical belief that a faithful Catholic in a state of mortal sin can receive Holy Communion. The Baltimore Catechism, No. 3, has a sound answer to the contrary, that "to receive Holy Communion worthily it is necessary to be free from mortal sin" (Q. 367).
In fact, the Baltimore Catechism states that "he who knowingly receives Holy Communion in mortal sin receives the body and blood of Christ, but he does not receive His graces and commits a grave sin of sacrilege" (Q. 368).
Saint Paul writes:
"For I myself have received from the Lord (what I also delivered to you), that the Lord Jesus, on the night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and giving thanks broke, and said, 'This is my Body which shall be given up for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' In like manner also the cup, after He had supped, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my Blood; do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord, until He comes.' Therefore whoever easts this bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily, will be guilty of the Body and the Blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the cup; for he who eats and drinks unworthily, without distinguishing the body, eats and drinks judgment to himself" (I Corinthians 11:23-29).
In the 1949 work, My Catholic Faith, Bishop Louis LaRavoire Marrow, D.D. defines "mortal sin as a grievous offense against the law of God," which "deprives the sinner of sanctifying grace, the supernatural life of the soul." One who is dead to sin, is not receptible to sanctifying grace and the Most Pure Victim of the Holy Eucharist. The Sacrament of Penance is required to absolve the soul of mortal sin, if the penitent has "sorrow and a resolution to atone for [his sins] and amend his life," and return to a state of sanctified grace.
Publicly, such sorrow and amendment appears absent.
It is also a mortal sin to lead others into grave sin, which Archbishop Gregory commits by making public statements to give Holy Communion to a unrepentant Catholic in a state of mortal sin. Saint Luke, in his Holy Gospel, writes that "it were better for him, that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should scandalize one of these little ones" (Luke 17:2).
An Archbishop, on the verge of being elevated as a Prince of the Church, who publicly believes in the loose and sacrilegious reception of the Holy Eucharist, has committed formal heresy. This treachery and sacrilegious abuse to our Lord Jesus Christ, who is truly and fully present in the Holy Eucharist, is descendent from the betrayal of Judas Iscariot.
The Baltimore Catechism clearly asserts that "the denial of only one article of faith will make a person a heretic and guilty of mortal sin, because the Holy Scripture says: 'Whosoever shall keep the whole law but offend in one point is become guilty of all'" (Q. 1171).
Archbishop Gregory's heresy is grave, because in this situation, he knowingly holds an opinion that, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, "is destructive of the virtue of Christian faith...disturbs the unity, and challenges the Divine authority, of the Church" and "strikes at the very source of faith." His willingness to promote sacrilege is mirrored with his recognition of Joe Biden's mortal sins and oppositions to Church teachings; thus, believing in a perverted notion of "absolute mercy" over truth that "to receive Holy Communion worthily it is necessary to be free from mortal sin" (Baltimore Catechism, No. 3, 367).
According to Can. 1364 par.1 CIC, the penalty for a baptized Catholic, above the age of reason, who obstinately, publicly, and voluntarily manifests his or her adherence to an objective heresy is automatic excommunication ("latae sententiae").
To avoid scandal and for millions of sheep to be led astray and into sacrilege against the Holy Eucharist, the full Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, pray for Archbishop Wilton Gregory's conversion, repentance, and amendment.
In Christ Crucified and the Most Victorious Heart of Jesus.