Skip to comments.Head of Vatican's Highest Court: "Obligation to Deny Communion to Pro-Abortion" Politicians
Posted on 08/19/2008 4:06:22 PM PDT by wagglebee
ROME, August 19, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The head of the highest court in the Vatican has given an interview with a Roman magazine in which he notes that when dealing with pro-abortion Catholic politicians, "the minister of the Eucharist has the obligation to deny It (Communion) to him."
Last month, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Raymond Burke, formerly the Archbishop of St. Louis, as the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, which is the highest judicial authority of the Catholic Church besides the Pope himself. In an interview published in the current edition of the Italian magazine Radici Cristiane, Archbishop Burke addresses the issue which has caused great controversy among the hierarchy in the West.
In the interview, parts of which were translated by Catholic News Agency, the Archbishop noted first that pro-abortion Catholic politicians should be publicly corrected and told not to receive: and, if they persist, they should be denied. He spoke of dealing with "public officials" who contravene Divine and Eternal law such as "if they support abortion, which entails the taking of innocent and defenseless human lives."
"A person who commits sin in this way should be publicly admonished in such a way as to not receive Communion until he or she has reformed his life," the archbishop said. "If a person who has been admonished persists in public mortal sin and attempts to receive Communion, the minister of the Eucharist has the obligation to deny it to him. Why? Above all, for the salvation of that person, preventing him from committing a sacrilege," he added.
The Archbishop explained that the Church does this "not with the intention of interfering in public life but rather in the spiritual state of the politician or public official who, if Catholic, should follow the divine law in the public sphere as well," reported Catholic News Agency.
"We must avoid giving people the impression that one can be in a state of mortal sin and receive the Eucharist," the archbishop continued. "Secondly, there could be another form of scandal, consisting of leading people to think that the public act that this person is doing, which until now everyone believed was a serious sin, is really not that serious - if the Church allows him or her to receive Communion."
"If we have a public figure who is openly and deliberately upholding abortion rights and receiving the Eucharist, what will the average person think? He or she could come to believe that it up to a certain point it is okay to do away with an innocent life in the mother's womb," he warned.
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Wooohoo! I love Pope Benedict!
I hope the American bishops are paying attention. Bishop Burke has been a (almost) lone American voice with respect to denying communion to pro-abortion politicians.
I believe that is one of the dumbest statements I've ever read on this forum! If the Pope could "enforce" this edict, he would. He is powerless in this regard and it is shown and has been shown by the fact that the pseudo-Catholic politicians go against His proclamations every time they vote on any issue that would (in their donors eyes) weaken Roe v. Wade. Otherwise why is it that they have not been excommunicated, hmmmmmm?
Like Jesus instructed us, we are to work our way up the chain of command. If the priest errs, first go to the priest, then to the bishop, then to the papal nuncio, and finally, to the Vatican.
The Democrats will no doubt respond by saying the church is messing in politics, and taking a look at the tax free status.
Do you really think that pro-abortion politicians are big donors to the Church? (If that's what you're implying). Secondly, unfounded accusations of this kind are uncharitable, to put it politely.
Yes and yes! How much money has the Kennedys and Kerrys given to the "church" in Massachusetts? How much money has the Kennedys, Kerrys, Boxers, Pelosis, Durbins, etc, etc, gotten from the abortion supporters? They would lose both their donor base and their seats in power without that money. They then "buy" their way into the "church" for publicity reasons.
NO! The Pope cannot, and his minions will not, enforce His pro-life edicts on American politicians! EVER!
Too much money involved as I said.
I guess I am just tired of the whining about this situation. After all these years, it is time for the "church" to enforce their beliefs on their politicians (which the Pope and the church leaders claim to have the right to do) and the people who support them with donations and their votes or simply shut up about it and "move on"!
I thought you might find this interesting.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
Why isn't there a similar statement about the eternal peril that a priest faces for knowingly administering the blessed sacrament to a politician who persists in this public mortal sin? Isn't the priest at least as culpable if he knowingly administers the sacrament in this situation?