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Posted on 01/08/2004 5:39:03 PM PST by Jaded
Bishop: No Communion for Abortion Backers
LA CROSSE, Wis. - State and federal lawmakers who support abortion rights can no longer receive Holy Communion in the Diocese of La Crosse, Bishop Raymond Burke ordered in a decree made public Thursday.
Priests of parishes where such lawmakers attend Mass must withhold communion from them until the lawmakers publicly renounce their support of abortion rights, Burke said in the decree, posted on the diocese's Web site.
Burke also has written letters to three Roman Catholic lawmakers, telling them they risked their faith if they continued to vote for measures he termed "anti-life," including abortion and euthanasia.
Burke was named archbishop of St. Louis in December and will be installed there later this month. Pope John Paul (news - web sites) II has yet to name Burke's replacement.
State Sen. Julie Lassa, a Democrat, received a letter from Burke and has said she would not let religion decide how she serves her constituents.
Judie Brown, president of the Washington, D.C.-based American Life League, praised Burke and called his move a "historic first step forward in dealing with the problem of pro-abortion Catholic political figures."
The Diocese of La Crosse is home to more than 200,000 Catholics in 169 parishes in west-central Wisconsin, according to its Web site. ___
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Catholic Diocese of La Crosse: http://www.dioceseoflacrosse.com
I'm pretty sure that the principle of double-effect applies, where a single action results in two effects. If the secondary effect is "less evil" than the primary effect, then the action is permissible.
So in an ectopic pregnancy, for example, the primary action of removing the baby saves the mother's life but also results in the secondary effect of killng the baby. In this case the secondary effect is "the same or less evil" than the primary action.
The mother may choose to give her life for her child in some cases (as when a mother has uterine cancer, for example). But I don't think this is necessary. It would certainly be an example of heroic virtue.
I just found this yesterday. Great resource!
Why do I have the feeling that the media is going to mangle this?
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I wonder if the wolves will leave the flock now that they've been exposed?
This Bishop has guts!! God Bless him!!
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Bishop: No Communion for Abortion Backers
That's like hamburgers and corn flakes. No comparison. It is the constant teaching of the Church that the government has the right to administer the death penalty. It is the judgement of the Pope and many bishops that the government should refrain from exercising this right when life without parole is sufficient to protect society.
Oh, the libs will demand lots of stuff. They'll demand anyone who doesn't raise taxes should be denied communion. But they ain't gonna get it. This is for black and white issues.
Now here is someone dedicated to their faith! Good riddance.
Nope. Remember that politicians are egoists; they will re-appear at Catholic churches just as if nothing ever happened.
Now it's up to the parish pastors to handle them.
Wow. I wish I had that courage. I'm sure her reward in heaven will be great. God love her.
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