No Communion For You!

January 17, 2007

Catholics in Nigeria have been warned that they must have a voter registration card in order to take communion. The announcement came in church bulletins:

You are advised after collecting your voters’ cards to register your names in your zone/ward in the book of record made available by your parish priests. Whoever has not collected the voters’ cards after February 7, has automatically alienated himself or herself from the community, the Church, the nation and will not be allowed to receive the Holy Communion and other sacraments.
This is crazy! Voting is important and we should encourage people to be involved, but it cannot be nearly as important as communion and the other sacraments. What is next? Not letting people have communion if they vote for a certain candidate (oh wait, Archbishop Raymond Burke in St. Louis already made that announcement). It is scary when holy acts of worship are made dependent on political choices. It is a tragedy when churches care more about people’s voter cards than souls.