Pope doesn't seem to have a problem giving communion to pro-choice politicians, which he reported on earlier in this article:
I know the guidelines as they read are that Pro-abortion (which is the essence of Pro-choice) people are not to take Communion, having been in a state of serious Sin. Procuring an abortion is excommunicatable, advocating abortions is possibly a mortal sin (serious matter, full knowledge, act of will).
I know that a pastor is to counsel the Communicant if they are a notorious sinner, and then if they present themselves refuse them. Nobody, not even the Pope checks IDs. Assuming that the Pope is at the head of a line, he may or may not have recognized the persons in line, and even if he did, you don't know what goes on between them before Mass.
I agree, Catholicism and the Pro-abortion position are fundamentally incompatible. When you flip to the Abortion advocacy camp, you imperil your soul. It listed by the Holy Mother Church in the category of the Sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance.
1) Murder of the innocent (Abortion)
2) Oppression of the poor
3) Deprivation of wages
4) Buggery (Homosexual Rape)
Clearly, the Priest doesn't check all four categories, we could only assume that if he knew of someone in any of these groups, a responsible Pastor would act. A skilled Pastor (what a blessing that is!) would never have to refuse Communion, because the confrontation would have been made in private in his office, and he could have repeated the admonition to not receive in the sacristy if the person presented himself.
posted on 08/10/2004 6:13:33 AM PDT
("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." - JP II)
Just curious, homosexual rape is that much more serious than a man raping a woman?
Regular rape doesn't "cry to Heaven for vengeance" but homosexual rape does?
posted on 08/10/2004 6:41:05 AM PDT
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