Actually, a politician who votes for abortion and then goes to church to receive communion is, in the phrase I remember from the Book of Common Prayer in the days when I was an Epicopalian, "eating and drinking damnation to himself." Catholics believe that Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ, and if a person receives communion in a state of mortal sin he is only making things much worse for himself.
Catholics also believe that anyone who "procures and abortion," which presumably applies to politicians whose votes make abortion and abortion funding possible, is automatically excommunicated. It is a false kindness for a bishop not to warn someone that they are risking damnation.
If you don't believe that, fine, but then you have no business being a Catholic.
posted on 01/11/2004 6:57:57 PM PST
Catholics also believe that anyone who "procures and abortion," which presumably applies to politicians whose votes make abortion and abortion funding possible, is automatically excommunicated.
Technically, procuring an abortion applies to abortionists, clinic assistants, and the woman procuring the abortion.
But, legislating to make abortion possible is surely only a half-step of separation from procurement.
If a Catholic politician is concerned that his faith prohibits him from representing all of his constituents, he should renounce Catholicism. Or, he should realize that unborn fetuses are also his constituents, and he is not representing them by enabling their extermination.
posted on 01/11/2004 7:03:36 PM PST
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