“Dear USCCB, I’m Catholic and I support contraception, a woman’s right to choose, treatments for infertility, the right for people to get a divorce, the right of same-sex marriage,” Lieu tweeted. “Next time I go to Church, I dare you to deny me Communion.”
Lieu seems to think that he can believe all these things and still be a Catholic in good standing.
“A Catholic can love Jesus with all her heart, oppose abortion & work at Catholic Relief Services,” Lieu ranted. “But if she believes government shouldn’t put women in jail for an abortion, then she can be denied communion. No wonder membership is declining.”
Fact check: pro-lifers do not argue that women who get abortions should go to jail. But lying has never stopped Lieu before.
Lieu was one of the 60 Democrats from the House of Representatives who signed a “Statement of Principles” on Friday appealing to “primacy of conscience” as justification for promoting abortion, which the Catholic Church considers a very grave sin.
Lieu also called Catholic leaders “hypocrites” for failing to deny former Attorney General William Barr communion for expanding use of the death penalty. Fact check: the church explicitly distinguishes abortion and euthanasia from application of the death penalty and the question of a just war, issues on which a diversity of opinion is possible.
Here’s hoping Lieu gets denied communion, just to watch him throw a petulant fit.