NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, JAN. 20, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Archbishop Alfred Hughes has declared that lawmakers who support abortion and assisted suicide should no longer receive holy Communion.
The New Orleans archbishop stopped short of banning priests from giving Communion to such politicians.
"When Catholic officials openly support the taking of human life in abortion, euthanasia or the destruction of human embryos, they are no longer faithful members in the Church and should not partake of Holy Communion," Archbishop Hughes wrote in his weekly column in the archdiocesan paper, the Clarion Herald.
He also warned Catholic voters about neglecting their duty to uphold the culture of life. "Moreover, citizens who promote this unjust taking of human life by their vote or support of such candidates share in responsibility for this grave evil," he wrote
Archbishop Hughes' declaration comes in the wake of a decree by Bishop Raymond Burke of La Crosse, Wisconsin, who banned Catholic lawmakers who support abortion and euthanasia from receiving Communion.
Is it too much to hope that this is an emerging trend?
Cardinals at Pro-Life Mass @ National Shrine, Wash, DC...
Cardinal Keeler (Baltimore) & Cardinal Law (Boston)...erstwhile Dioceses of Catholic fervor - now States ruled by pro-abortion Politicos (Senators & Congressmen)...
Ques:...will these Cardinals have the Holy Spirit's Fortitude to challenge the Principalities & Powers and Wickedness in High Places that feed the DemonRatRepubSatanic message from their Senatorial/Congressional seats of earthly power???
11 "Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. 12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places...".