Nov 14, 2008

Pastor gives his flock the truth

Maybe you've read about Father Jay Scott Newman (above), pastor of venerable St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

As CatholicNewsUSA reports (click on this post's title), Father Newman did his parishioners an inestimable, because soul-saving, favor last Sunday.

What was it? He gave them a letter that said, in part:

"Our nation has chosen for its chief executive the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president [Father was referrring to Barack Hussein Obama].

"Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exists constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ's Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation."

As you can imagine, this has not gone down well with some Obama devotees. May they develop the humility to admit they have done wrong. (We all need to develop that humility!)

May Father Newman's bishop back him!

Why do so many Catholics not care about the little babies who are ripped apart? It is heartbreaking.

Incidentally, three years ago Father Newman wrote this beautiful essay on how priests should say Mass:


Blogger CalledByTheKing said...

Thanks for posting this. I went to St. Mary's in Greenville for a while. I'm so glad to hear Fr. Newman speaking the truth and I am praying the bishop will back him!
God Bless!

9:57 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I am so proud of Fr. Newman.
Hearing of his actions makes me miss living in SC and having the opportunity to attend St. Mary's.

Great post.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Daniel Muller said...

Actually, Father Newman has no bishop at present, but the diocesan administrator has pulled the rug out from under him.

3:04 PM  
Blogger CL said...

Great post... and big props to the Father for taking such a strong stand with his flock. Speaking in truth and love is often the hardest thing to do... but do it we must.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Called by the King,

Thank you very much for your personal testimony about Father Newman.

The diocesan administrator issued a statement, and Father Newman clarified his earlier remarks to point out that he never said he would deny Communion to Obama voters. His point remains, though, that we can't vote for a pro-abort when a pro-lifer is available.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Daniel Muller,

Thank you for the update! I've posted an update on my main page with the latest about Father Newman and the whole situation.

Thank you again!

10:23 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear CL,

Thank you very much for your kind words!

You're so right about speaking the truth in kindness and love. Father Newman's parishioners clearly love him and appreciate what he said.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Sharon,

Thank you very much for writing! Let's keep Father in prayer. He sounds like a Happy Warrior.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Sharon,

Thank you for your kind words!

10:34 PM  

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