As Federal Liberal leader and professed Catholic Justin Trudeau continues to resolutely defend his pro-abortion position, one Canadian bishop has come out saying that a “pro-abortion Catholic politician” could be denied reception of Holy Communion if “fraternal correction” proves unsuccessful.
Referring to the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law, Ottawa’s Auxiliary Bishop Christian Riesbeck told LifeSiteNews.com, “Out of concern for safeguarding the reverence that is due Our Lord in the Eucharist, and to avoid scandal, one could possibly apply this norm even in the case of a pro-abortion Catholic politician who is extremely vocal about his position.”
Canon 915 states that those who are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” Following the teaching of Jesus in chapter six of the Gospel of John, Catholics believe Holy Communion to be the very body of Jesus himself. A Catholic must be in communion with Catholic teaching and belief to present oneself to receive Holy Communion at Mass….(Source)
Folks, Bishop Christian Riesbeck is just the kind of new blood in the Episcopacy that we need in order to show the public and ourselves that we mean business when we talk about denying Communion for obstinate pro-abortion politicians. When was the last time you heard a Canadian bishop even consider such a proposal? At least now, it’s a real possibility. That’s a huge change in momentum for the Canadian Church, and it only takes one bishop to shift the dialogue from “should we do this?” to “why shouldn’t we?” Subtle but huge. He’s a canon lawyer and sees things more in black and white than grey. He has the full support of Archbishop Terrence Prendergast.
Go on. Post a few comments of support in the comments box of this thread, and I’ll flip him the link. He might very well be taking a lot of heat for his position, and he needs our support!
For the past few decades, so-called Catholic politicians have been flaunting their pro-abortion views at the Church, or cowardly ducking the question by playing the fool and the hypocrite. Most recently, Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Federal Liberal Party has decreed that anyone holding pro-life views is not welcome to run as a candidate in the Liberal Party. He is merely the latest case in a long line of pseudo-Catholic politicians who have profited handsomely on the backs of unborn babies, or to put more accurately, on their crushed skulls and dismembered bodies.
I’m not sure why it is, but this situation has been permitted to continue for DECADES without an appropriate reaction for the Canadian bishops. Let’s review a few good reasons why our Bishops might want to educate Justin as to why he can’t be Catholic and a Fascistic Pro-Abort at the same time.
Here goes. Continue reading
Bishop Christian Riesbeck said that if the Liberal leader refused a meeting and continued to practise his Catholic faith in the form of receiving communion, it would be unseemly.
“It’s the fact that he considers himself to be a devout Catholic but then adheres to, or advocates for, abortion,” said Riesbeck. “That is scandalous,” he said, as opposition to abortion has been a clear and unchanging teaching of the church. Riesbeck is also not convinced by the argument that the Liberal Party is the party of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and will support women’s rights. “You know, if you look at Article 7 in the charter, it says that everyone has a right to life. It’s enshrined right there,” said Riesbeck. “Article 2 also speaks of freedom of conscience and religion. He seems to have undermined those values that all Canadians hold dear.” Riesbeck said that if Trudeau wanted to make things right, he would have to reverse course. “Ultimately, he would have to make a public retraction of his views,” he said. (Source)
Everyone is starting to pile on, now. As the hockey play-by-play guys called it when there was a bench clearing brawl: “we’ve got a real donnybrook now”!
It really does look like that the debate is now open again. Thanks Justin. We owe you big time!
The whole thing has just exploded.
You just can’t have it both ways, Justin.
Slowly you are learning the rule of non-contradiction.
Archbishop Richard Smith has a turn.
Everyone, e-mail your bishop and tell him to get into the game.