Catholic Culture Overview
Catholic Culture Overview

Who’s politicizing the Eucharist?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Jul 22, 2022

“By focusing only on abortion, pastors risk politicizing something sacred,” writes the ubiquitous James Martin, SJ, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

A bit of irony there, since human life is “something sacred.” And if anyone is politicizing the wanton destruction of unborn human life, it is President Biden, who pounds the podium demanding supported for unrestricted taxpayer-funded abortion— and then shows up for Communion on Sunday, speaking piously about his Catholic faith. Biden (and Pelosi, and many before them) have already politicized the Eucharist.

But even that is not my point here. I just find it odd that a Catholic priest, when he wants to keep “something sacred” free of political taint, writes an op-ed about it in the Wall Street Journal rather than, say, the Homiletic and Pastoral Review.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: winnie - Jul. 26, 2022 9:40 AM ET USA

    As some of the 374 comments on WSJ pointed out-the comments were better than Fr. Martin’s article. Many were intelligent and spirited defenses of Catholic teaching & of Archbishop Cordelione’s banning Pelosi from the Eucharist in his Archdiocese.

  • Posted by: CorneliusG - Jul. 26, 2022 5:14 AM ET USA

    "By focusing on the mass extermination of Jews, pastors risk politicizing something sacred". God forbid pastors should do that. They should focus on the trains running on time, which, after all, disproportionately affects the poorest among us (because we all know only poor schleps use mass transit).