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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The question of whether Catholic politicians who support stands that conflict with Church teaching should be denied Communion gained attention during the 2004 U.S. presidential election campaign, when St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke said he would deny the Eucharist to Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, a Catholic who was supporting abortion rights.
In the document, Benedict indicated that local bishops must deal with these cases.
Politicians must decide matters involving fundamental values, including respect for life "from conception to natural death, the family built upon marriage between a man and a woman, the freedom to educate one's children and the promotion of the common good in all its values," Benedict wrote.
"These values are not negotiable. Consequently Catholic politicians and legislators, conscious of their grave responsibility before society, must feel particularly bound, on the basis of a properly formed conscience, to introduce and support laws inspired by values grounded in human nature," Benedict wrote.
"There is an objective connection here with the Eucharist. Bishops are bound to reaffirm constantly these values as part of their responsibility to the flock entrusted to them," the pope said.
Sacrilegious Communion and the U.S. bishops...
In the summer of 2003, Archbishop O'Malley of Boston said, "A Catholic politician who holds a public, pro-choice position should not be receiving Communion and should refrain from doing so." O'Malley also said that "It is not our policy to deny Communion. It is up to the individual."[1]
That is not the law of the Catholic Church. According to the Code of Canon Law, "Those who … obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Communion" (Canon 915). In 2003 the Vatican issued a decree that warned Catholic politicians "who are directly involved in lawmaking bodies [that they] have a grave and clear obligation to oppose any law that attacks human life. For them, as for every Catholic, it is impossible to promote such laws or to vote for them…." [2]
U.S. Bishop Chaput Lambasts Pro-Abortion Catholic Democrat
False presentation of Catholic teaching "should humiliate any serious Catholic"
July 30, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Gradually, more North American Catholic bishops are finally taking seriously their long-neglected pastoral obligations regarding the public scandal of pro-abortion, anti-family 'Catholic' politicians.

The latest encouraging news for lay troops in the field comes from Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput. In his July 30 Denver Catholic Register column Bishop Chaput rebuked Democrat Richard Durbin for his vicious opposition to the nomination of pro-life Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to the 11th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

The Bishop wrote "According to Senator Durbin (as reported by EWTN), 'Many Catholics who oppose abortion personally do not believe the laws of the land should prohibit abortion for all others in extreme cases involving rape, incest and the life and the health of the mother.' This kind of propaganda makes the abortion lobby proud, but it should humiliate any serious Catholic. At a minimum, Catholic members of Congress like Senator Durbin should actually read and pray over the 'Catechism of the Catholic Church' and the encyclical 'Evangelium Vitae' before they explain the Catholic faith to anyone."

He continued that "They might even try doing something about their 'personal opposition' to abortion by supporting competent pro-life judicial appointments. Otherwise, they simply prove what many people already believe -- that a new kind of religious discrimination is very welcome at the Capitol, even among elected officials who claim to be Catholic."

U.S. Bishops Come Home from Rome with Widely Differing Views of Rome's Position on Politicians
We're at a time for the Church in our country when some Catholics - too many - are discovering that they've gradually become non-Catholics who happen to go to Mass." He called the division in the Catholic Church, "sad and difficult" and said it was "a judgment on a generation of Catholic leadership." Archbishop Chaput continued, "We've come a long way from John F. Kennedy, who merely locked his faith in the closet. Now we have Catholic senators who take pride in arguing for legislation that threatens and destroys life -- and who then also take Communion. The kindest explanation for this sort of behavior is that a lot of Catholic candidates don't know their own faith."
Denver's Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput was interviewed on Colorado Public Radio about his position in the debate over giving communion for Catholic public officials who support abortion. He wrote a column, one of a continuing series, in which he said that Catholics' who support abortion are not really Catholics, but "a very different kind of creature."
Archbishop Chaput says those who support abortion "rights" cannot be Catholic...

A local political candidate accused his archbishop of crossing the line between Church and State and said that Catholic prelates should not preach to Catholic politicians. However, in the interview the Archbishop, defended his statement saying, "If you don't accept what the Church teaches on issues of faith and morals you can't claim to be a Catholic." He went on to say, "I would say if you're in favor of the choice to kill babies it isn't compatible with Catholic faith."

Throughout the interview Chaput avoided the question of whether he would directly refuse someone like John Kerry communion if he should present himself in a Denver-area Catholic church.
[read more on the U.S. bishops and sacrilegious Communion] "One cannot be a pro-choice catholic," he said. "There are Catholics who don't understand that and think they're Catholics… We believe that if you don't accept what the church teaches in the grave matters of faith and morals, and we know what those are in the Catholic Church, then you're not in communion with what the Church teaches and therefore you shouldn't go to communion. Communion isn't about personal worthiness, it's about faith, what you believe."

When asked about the issue of separation of Church and State that is frequently used to attempt to silence Catholic or other Christian voices, the Archbishop became emphatic. He said that the tactic was unscrupulous and un-American and would never have been used against Church leaders who spoke out against slavery or segregation. "(Separation of Church and State) doesn't mean that the Church should be silent. It doesn't mean that a politician should tell me to shut up. It doesn't mean that any member of the Church can't talk about the issues that are important to the Church."

"Abortion is a matter of human dignity and human rights," Chaput said.

He then became more blunt. "It's not a religious principle; we're not against abortion for religious reasons. We're against it because it kills babies. No one should tell us to be quiet about that any more than we were quiet about segregation. It's very important that we're active; we encourage our people to vote their conscience. That's not interfering with the government."

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