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EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Arinze: Even children know pro-abort politicians should be denied Communion
LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/29/14 | John Jalsevac

Posted on 04/30/2014 9:32:45 AM PDT by BlatherNaut

The question of whether Catholic politicians who support abortion should receive or be denied Holy Communion has been a source of contentious debate amongst many bishops and theologians. But according to one of the Vatican’s most senior cardinals, the answer to the question is so simple that even schoolchildren intuitively know it.

In an exclusive video interview with LifeSiteNews.com this week, Cardinal Francis Arinze observed that he is often asked about pro-abortion Catholic politicians and Holy Communion. “Do you really need a cardinal from the Vatican to answer that?” the cardinal said he tells his questioners. “Is that really a difficult question?”

Instead, says Arinze, he suggests that people who are confused about the issue should go ask a class of children preparing for their First Communion.

“Explain it to them,” he said. “They will ask you, ‘What is abortion?’ Don’t use euphemism. Tell them what it is. It is killing a child not yet born in the mother’s womb. And then tell them if a person is for that, and says that he will continue to support the killing of such children, should such a person receive Holy Communion?”

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Canon 915 of the Church’s Code of Canon Law states that those who are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

Though some bishops and cardinals have opposed the use of the canon, the Vatican has been clear in upholding it. In 2004, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then-head of the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith, wrote a letter to the U.S. bishops exhorting them to deny Communion to pro-abortion politicians after attempting to reach out to them.

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TOPICS: Catholic
KEYWORDS: arinze; communion; proabort

1 posted on 04/30/2014 9:32:45 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut

Why is he obsessing on this peripheral issue when there’s inequality to confront?


2 posted on 04/30/2014 9:35:38 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: BlatherNaut

Wooo-ooo!


3 posted on 04/30/2014 9:36:23 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BlatherNaut

Good.More movement in the right direction by the church.Prety soon Nancy,the truth is catching up.


4 posted on 04/30/2014 9:36:51 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: BlatherNaut

Unless you become like little children, you will not see the Kingdom of God.


5 posted on 04/30/2014 9:36:59 AM PDT by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Abortion is PERIPHERAL? Peripheral to what?


6 posted on 04/30/2014 9:37:41 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BlatherNaut

thought you were supposed to go to Confession before you go to Communion. Would a priest ask a pro-abort politician about that in confession? Or is this just for whatever the congregant offers up to the priest? I have seen an Episcopal priest, back in the 1990s deny communion to someone at the altar who had punched out someone in front of everyone at a church festival.


7 posted on 04/30/2014 9:38:37 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Tongue in cheek. Pope Francis said the Church is obsessed with abortion and sent a Tweet that “inequality is the root of social evil”. Pro-life, anti-marxist Catholics are free to disagree.


8 posted on 04/30/2014 9:43:21 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: Sioux-san

How likely is it that those who go around “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin” even bother with Confession?


9 posted on 04/30/2014 9:50:51 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut

I haven’t heard from Cdl Arinze for a long while. Is he retired now, or does Pope Francis simply not like him? Or maybe the press doesn’t like him? (But they never did...)


10 posted on 04/30/2014 9:53:56 AM PDT by livius
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To: BlatherNaut

That puts it back on the priests then- as I understand it Communion is only for those who have gone to confession. “Go and sin no more....” so saith the Lord.


11 posted on 04/30/2014 9:54:42 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: BlatherNaut

Regardless of what these men dressed in holy garb say, God is keeping the only record that counts. And nobody cons Him, He knows what we are thinking.


12 posted on 04/30/2014 9:58:20 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Jesus said Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: BlatherNaut
Cardinal Arinze: Even children know pro-abort politicians should be denied Communion

Should be... isn't. Apparently talking equates to living and setting an example for the faithful... pathetic.

13 posted on 04/30/2014 10:30:48 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Jeff Chandler; afraidfortherepublic

Some here need to see a sarcasm tag. Not a bad idea. :)


14 posted on 04/30/2014 11:29:47 AM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: livius

Chuckle. Nice comment.

Very true.


15 posted on 04/30/2014 11:31:31 AM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: RitaOK
Some here need to see a sarcasm tag.

Those who are paying attention know it is sarcasm. Those who are not provide entertainment.

16 posted on 04/30/2014 12:05:20 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Farmer Dean
Good.More movement in the right direction by the church.Prety soon Nancy,the truth is catching up.

This reminds me of Dianne Feinstein who was SUCH an anti-gun person.
THEN it was discovered that SHE packed. I LOVE it when the chickens come home to roost! ;o)

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From SF GATE:
Debra J. Saunders
Feinstein’s gun-packing history
Posted on Thursday, March 21 at 4:18am | By Debra J. Saunders

Gun enthusiasts love to point to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s history with guns as evidence of the Senator’s hypocrisy. Feinstein used to have a concealed weapon permit. She said in 1995 that she used to carry a gun — a .38 5-shot, according to her office – when she walked to the hospital to visit her (now late) ailing husband. The Hill ran a story about DiFi’s gun history which you can read here.

17 posted on 04/30/2014 12:33:04 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Jeff Chandler

LOL or unemployment.


18 posted on 04/30/2014 1:17:19 PM PDT by piusv
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To: BlatherNaut

Too bad Francis allows them to receive communion.

What a farce.


19 posted on 04/30/2014 1:19:19 PM PDT by piusv
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To: Sioux-san
thought you were supposed to go to Confession before you go to Communion. Would a priest ask a pro-abort politician about that in confession? Or is this just for whatever the congregant offers up to the priest? I have seen an Episcopal priest, back in the 1990s deny communion to someone at the altar who had punched out someone in front of everyone at a church festival.

CATHOLICS:

Confession isn't needed before communion every day because some people DON'T sin every day.

Mortal sins require confession before communion.

Venial sins require a good act of confession, if one even remembers the venial sin. I suppose God does have mercy on those souls whose memories falter when recalling a venial sin from two months ago.

As one ages and matures, one realizes that sin in not only wrong but stupid, foolish and not a good thing for anyone. One then stops sinning so much because one IS more mature and in control of him/herself. That's the theory.
It HAS easier to be a better person as I age.

QUESTIONS:
--How did that Episcopal priest know that the guy who did the punching wasn't sorry for his sin?
--How did he know that he didn't apologize and "make it right" with the guy he punched?
--How did he know that he didn't make it right with God?

20 posted on 04/30/2014 1:50:10 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

I am assuming being an active proponent of abortion and referring to it as sacred ground as Pelosi did should have invited some direct conversations with her priest. Would this be considered a ‘mortal sin’ in the Catholic church to actively promote abortion as a Catholic? Has there been an official statement on that?

I forgot that you could be going to church every day and taking Communion, so not making a daily confession if you have nothing worthy to discuss makes sense.

Regarding your questions:
1 & 2) Because they talked about it afterwards, and the man wasn’t sorry. He had a very bad temper and didn’t apologize for a long time. Once there was reconciliation and the apology accepted, the man was welcomed to take communion again.
3) I don’t know the answer to that - we can only pray that did happen at some point.


21 posted on 04/30/2014 2:15:09 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Jeff Chandler

:) I suppose that’s true. Lol!


22 posted on 04/30/2014 2:55:40 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Sioux-san
Would this be considered a ‘mortal sin’ in the Catholic church to actively promote abortion as a Catholic?

Yes, since abortion is murder.

23 posted on 04/30/2014 5:36:40 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: Sioux-san
Regarding your questions:
1 & 2) Because they talked about it afterwards, and the man wasn’t sorry. He had a very bad temper and didn’t apologize for a long time. Once there was reconciliation and the apology accepted, the man was welcomed to take communion again.
3) I don’t know the answer to that - we can only pray that did happen at some point.

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I'm glad to hear that Mr. Bad Temper is back on plan.

I learned a LONG time ago that if I did or said something mean to someone it is 1000 times better to apologize immediately. The longer I waited the harder it got, so now I know.

Having a very bad temper is partly genetic, I think, but controlling it is the "free will" part. Anyone can learn that control but it sure is a lot easier to learn the lesson of self control at a very young age.

24 posted on 04/30/2014 6:30:33 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

I agree - I see friends’ little kids throwing temper tantrums with their parents, but they would never think of doing such things at my house. I think the man who in question here had some severe mental problems contributing to his anger. Pray for us all and pray that I will always get that log out of my eye first.


25 posted on 04/30/2014 6:37:52 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Sioux-san
I agree - I see friends’ little kids throwing temper tantrums with their parents, but they would never think of doing such things at my house. I think the man who in question here had some severe mental problems contributing to his anger. Pray for us all and pray that I will always get that log out of my eye first.

Lol. We've ALL got those logs.
That poor guy had mental problems? How sad. There but for the grace of God go I.

26 posted on 04/30/2014 7:01:06 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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