Christifidelis is the publication of the St. Joseph Foundation in San Antonio, TX, which is committed to assisting the faithful, clergy and laity, in their vindication of rights in the Catholic Church. In my opinion, the Foundation does an outstanding service in providing such assistance, is credible and worthy of support. In their publication, they often take on difficult and complex questions which need Canon Law interpretation, and a browse through their archives shows much of value.
In their first issue of 2013, the cover story and major article is by Dr. Edward Peters on “Participation in Holy Communion by unworthy Catholics” and he separates the questions of the obligation to receive worthily from the obligations of administering the Sacrament. Toward the conclusion, Dr. Peters comments on the discipline against Kathleen Sebelius and Andrew Cuomo, who have both apparently complied and are said not to be now receiving Communion. But the case is different with “The Nancy Pelosi Scandal,” he reports.
Dr. Peters writes: “In sum, Catholic ecclesiastical leadership must address four areas of confusion in regard to Communion access by Catholics: first, Church leaders must re-educate Catholics against the irreverent reception of Communion; second, they must resist pressure by some Catholics to enforce in the public forum what are private obligations concerning reception of Communion; third, they must be on guard against improperly withholding the Eucharist from Catholics whose offensive conduct does not qualify canonically as “obstinate” “perseverance in” “manifest” “grave” “sin”‘; and fourth, Church leadership must accept the possibility that , in some concrete cases, the public bad conduct of some Catholics requires Church ministers to withhold Communion from them for the sake of ecclesiastical common good.”
The full article, the nuances of each condition, and expansion of some points he previously published in First Things, can be found here.