In another apparent attempt at drawing out his time in the spotlight, state Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Doña Ana), who was denied the Eucharist at a Las Cruces-area monastery, had yet another interview about the experience. In the interview with Axios, Cervantes said he hopes to someday receive Holy Communion at Joe Biden’s parish.
Despite Cervantes being told by both Las Cruces Bishop Peter Baldacchino and St. Albert the Great Newman Center pastor Kevin Waymel the consequences of his vote to support the killing of children in the womb, he did anyway, despite his faith and his pastors forbidding it.
“In a personal letter to Senator Cervantes, his pastor advised him that a vote in favor of this particular Senate bill would constitute a grave moral evil and that he should not present himself for Communion,” the diocese said in a statement.
Now, Cervantes tells Axios “I won’t have any problem finding to place to receive Communion.” He added, “In fact, I look forward one day to receiving Communion at the same parish where … Biden does.”
Cervantes also voted for an anti-life assisted suicide via lethal drugs bill, which would give a lethal dose of drugs through a “cocktail” to a terminally ill patient. Proponents of the bill claimed it was “death with dignity,” seeming to say people who live with their illnesses are dying without dignity, be it via their conditions or natural causes. The Axios bill erroneously claims Cervantes is a “conservative Democrat.”
Despite these votes, if Cervantes chooses to receive Communion in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, he will be met with open arms by Archbishop John C. Wester, despite the Archbishop saying the assisted suicide bill Cervantes voted for was “the worst in the nation.”
The Bible, as well as Church doctrine, affirms that receiving the Eucharist while not in full communion with the church is not only a grave offense, but it can make the recipient physically ill.
Corinthians 1:11 Verses 27-30
Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord.*
A person should examine himself,* and so eat the bread and drink the cup.
For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.
That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying.
According to the Code of Canon Law, “A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition which includes the resolution of confessing as soon as possible.” TITLE III, THE MOST HOLY EUCHARIST (Cann. 916)