Jun 15, 2006

A.L.L. to bishops: Refuse Communion to pro-aborts

Wonder how many U.S. bishops and their clergy and lay aides who were in, or on their way to, L.A. and the Millennium Biltmore hotel yesterday, June 14, happened to browse through USA Today? If they turned to page 11 in section A, they found some salutary reading material.

Page 11, you see, was a full-page ad (click on this post's title) from the American Life League. Headlined "The Divinity Code," it featured an illustration of the Sacred Head of Christ bleeding from the Crown of Thorns, and a text that quoted Canon 915 -- "Those who... obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Communion" -- and that urged readers to ask their bishop "to instruct his priests, deacons and Eucharistic ministers that they may not give Holy Communion to those public figures who publicly reject the Church's teaching."

Cardinal Francis Arinze would agree. Last year, I believe it was, in response to a reporter's question he asked why anyone would have to query a Cardinal about this matter, and he said that even a child would know pro-abortion politicians shouldn't be given Holy Communion. (I don't have the exact quote at hand, but that was the substance.)

Odds are that in this election year the bishops (a) will not discipline the Catholic politicians who keep defying the Church and supporting the slayings of thousands of BABIES and (b) will not tell Catholic voters to not vote for pro-aborts. Wish I would be wrong about this.


Blogger Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

Where, exactly, does the buck stop here..?

clue: right at the top.

There is no charity in this, zero.

It is not charitable to Jesus.
It is not charitable to the communicant in an objective state of mortal sin who then commits the mortal sin of sacrilege (and lets face it, probably idolatry and false witness, 'cos you know they don't really believe).
It is not charitable to those / for those who give communion to those who are known to be in a state of mortal sin because they then share in the sacrilege and in anycase under cannon law have a positive duty to stop it...which they ignore.

Nine ways to be an accessory to anothers sin.
1. By counsel.
2. By command.
3. By consent.
4. By provocation.
5. By praise or flattery.
6. By concealment.
7. By partaking.
8. By silence.
9. By defense of the ill done.

We can't, and neither can the Holy Father have it both ways. You can't say The Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar is the source, summit and centre and permit this to go on. You can't have a year of the Eucharist and permit this to go on. You can't ask non-Catholics / fallen-away to take you seriously on any number of other matters IF YOU won't do something to stop this.

If Catholics really believed, what they say (and are required to believe) they believe, this would stop in a flurry of Bulls, anathemas a laicizations.

It's well overdue. It's a disgrace. It's evil.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Bishops end debate over politicians, abortion
Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:12pm ET

By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. Catholic bishops on Thursday ended years of soul searching over whether Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should be denied communion, leaving the decision with local bishops.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Tito said...

Anathemization time!

2:23 PM  
Blogger skeetor said...

I was going to say something but somin-peter said it better.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Where, exactly, does the buck stop here..?

clue: right at the top.

There is no charity in this, zero.

We can't, and neither can the Holy Father have it both ways....

Simon-Peter, I couldn't have put it any better myself. Unofortunately, the vast majority of Catholics value the papacy as an institution -- if they aren't smitted by the personality cult surrounding the late pope -- to such a degree that they won't dare to connect the dots logically as you have.

If you're correct, the implications about the Vatican are frightful.

8:56 PM  

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