Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Raymond Burke as a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
The appointment of Archbishop Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (the Vatican’s highest court), is significant due to the fact that it is this congregation that oversees the distribution of Holy Communion; Archbishop Burke is perhaps the most vocal figure in the Vatican on the need to deny Communion to obstinately pro-abortion politicians. [There is hope that Communion in the Hand will be stopped! And more of the pro-abort politicians denied Communion, and the Latin Mass...]
The Code of Canon Law, in canon 915, states that “those who have been ... obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.” [Yet the bishop's where those politicans reside refuse to follow the law!]
While still a cardinal, the pope himself wrote to the United States bishops saying that a Catholic politician who votes for "permissive abortion and euthanasia laws," after being duly instructed and warned, "must" be denied Communion.
The current prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, has also attested that canon 915 must be applied to pro-abortion politicians. Prefect emeritus, Cardinal Francis Arinze, balked at the notion that a cardinal was needed to answer the question, saying that even children at First Communion would insist that Communion should be denied to such individuals. [Well, a lot has been said and written. When do we see some action taken?]
Many bishops ignore or even oppose this directive, [What do we do with those bishops? We are not Lambeth, ok? Nor are we Istanbul or Moscow...] affirmed repeatedly by numerous Vatican officials; but Archbishop Burke maintains that bishops have no choice in the matter.
"The Church's law is very clear," he told LifeSiteNews in January 2009. "The person who persists publicly in grave sin is to be denied Holy Communion, and it [Canon Law] doesn't say that the bishop shall decide this. It's an absolute."
We do not have politicians here who support abortion but there are those who support anti-life measures such as artificial birth control. What do we do with them?
Speaking of those who openly defy directives, Cardinal Rosales openly defied the motu propio of the Holy Fathe, Summorum Pontificum.
Was there any significant action from the Vatican, other than the reprimand from Cardinal-Prefect of Ecclesia Dei?