Apr 25, 2007

Pro-abort pols excommunicate selves, says Acapulco archbishop

Today's New York Times reports (click on this post's title) on the Mexico City assembly's "legalization" of aborting babies through their first three months in the womb. The story notes that Archbishop Felipe Aguirre Franco of Acapulco said the day before the vote that all who would vote to kill babies would thereby automatically excommunicate themselves.

Don't you think Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles should be as clear as Archbishop Aguirre of Acapulco? They both teach the same Catholic doctrine, don't they? Or do they?

Your Eminence, please use the "E" word -- "Excommunicate." Tell your many pro-abortion Catholic politicians, "You automatically excommunicate yourselves by voting pro-death."

By the way, pro-lifers in Mexico say they will challenge the pro-abortion vote by arguing that the Mexican constitution's prohibition of the death penalty protects unborn babies' right to life.

Mexico's pro-life Catholic Lawyers group also says the assembly violated its own laws and Mexico's constitution "by ignoring a petition for a referendum on the issue."

Cardinal Mahony, we're waiting for you to be as forthright as Archbishop Aguirre. We can't hear you yet...


Blogger Jeff Miller said...

I wish what Archbishop Aguirre said was true, unfortunately it can not be supported canonically. The Latae Sentiae excommunications is for those who directly procure are involved in an abortion. I wish the canon would be written to have a larger sweep.

But still local Bishops of their own authority can excommunicate politicians who vote for abortion. Unfortunately even in the case of Bishops willing to deny Communion haven't taken this step.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Paul said...


Have you seen the Archbishop Burke YouTube on Cheryl Crow's appearance at a fundraiser for a Catholic hospital? Check it out:

Amy was the full story:

I hope Cardinal Mahony is taking notes - that's how a bishop is supposed to lead

10:23 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear jeff,

Thanks for noting that. I relied on what the New York Times reported, and that was not a good idea on my part.

I've just published a correction-post that explains what the bishops of Mexico, no doubt including Archbishop Aguirre, really said. Thanks again!

2:55 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Paul,

Thanks for the link. Someone else sent it along and I haven't heard it yet. Good for Abp. Burke!

2:57 PM  

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