Archbishop Raymond Burke has said on several occasions that it is the pro-abortion politicians, not the bishops who deny them Communion, who “politicize” the Eucharist by parading up to the altar for photo ops.
Similarly, a statement by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says that members of the “rainbow sash” group are “politicizing” the Eucharist by using Mass as an opportunity for protest, and that is why they are being denied Communion:
The archdiocesan statement calls the sashes “signs of protest” from a group “dissenting from the church’s teaching on sexuality.”
“The Holy Eucharist should never be politicized by protesters in this way,” the statement says. “Theirs is a sign of disrespect and irreverence to the body and blood of Jesus.”
The policy not to distribute Communion to sash-wearers at the Cathedral dates back to 2005. In a letter that year to the organizer of Rainbow Sash Alliance USA, now-retired Archbishop Harry Flynn said that “it has become apparent to me that the wearing of the sash is more and more perceived as a protest against church teaching” and that the Vatican considers wearing the rainbow sash during reception of the Eucharist unacceptable.