Skip to comments.EXTRA: Archbishop Burke on Catholics who Support Abortion
Posted on 08/20/2008 3:29:29 AM PDT by tcg
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.
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 mothers womb, he warned.
... Therefore, it is simply ridiculous and wrong to try to silence a pastor, accusing him of interfering in politics so that he cannot do good to the soul of a member of his flock, he stated.
It is simply wrong to think that the faith must be reduced to the private sphere and eliminated from public life, Archbishop Burke said, encouraging Catholics to bear witness to our faith not only in private in our homes but also in our public lives with others in order to bear strong witness to Christ.
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The most important thing here is the salvation of souls.
What about the person who supports a public candidate who supports abortion? And if that person is a priest, what would the bishop say?
“about the person who supports a public candidate who supports abortion? And if that person is a priest, what would the bishop say?”
I don’t read minds.
I have enough problems just trying to live my life as a practicing Catholic. LOL
but if you know, please enlighten us.
BTW, are you a Catholic?
I was referring to priests like Father Pfleger who support Obama. I don’t understand how they can support strident abortion proponents. Then again, Pfleger is like Kurtz in “Heart of Darkness”. Yes, I am a Catholic in Chicago, and I am disgusted with our cardinal and with priests that support abortion.
Sorry, I can’t help you with Pfleger...
we’ve got our own problems in L.A. with Mahony.
Sometimes some on this list act the same way. They would designate those who disagree with them as CINO. How about c-BNC for some of them - Catholics -But Not very Christian . Burke and others are right about Abortion but appreciation of the individual consciences of those involved (which they do not know) renders some very un-Christian in their approach. WWJD
Here is your answer from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
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1 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion,
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2 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A
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2 From its conception, the child has the right to life. Direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, is a "criminal" practice (GS 27 § 3),
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gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent