VATICAN CITY, May 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At the first annual Rome Life Forum in Vatican City today, fifty-two pro-life leaders from sixteen nations called on the bishops of the Catholic Church to deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians in a spirit of love and mercy. (Source)
We, Pro-Life Leaders, Call on the Bishops of the World to Extend Mercy to the Church’s Pro-Abortion Politicians
WHEREAS Saint Paul wrote in the eleventh chapter of First Corinthians: “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord” (1 Cor. 11:29); WHEREAS 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”; WHEREAS Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger wrote in a 2004 letter to the US bishops, called “Worthiness to receive Holy Communion”, that a Catholic politician who votes for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws “must” be denied Communion after being duly instructed and warned; WHEREAS Catholic politicians who support abortion are already in grave sin, and in receiving Holy Communion their sin is compounded by sacrilege; WHEREAS by being given Holy Communion such Catholic politicians may well believe that they are spiritually healthy and thus not in need of any remedy; WHEREAS distributing Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians causes scandal to the rest of the faithful in that they come to believe that support for abortion is not too serious a sin, and thus undermines pro-life work; WHEREAS being refused Holy Communion is an effective wake-up call to return to an authentic life of faith; WHEREAS it is unmerciful to allow our brothers living in obstinate public sin to languish there without warning; We the undersigned ask the Bishops of the Catholic Church to withhold Holy Communion from pro-abortion politicians as an act of love and mercy towards those same politicians.
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING OUR LEADERS IN AN ONLINE PETITION TO CALL FOR THE DENIAL OF COMMUNION TO OBSTINATE PRO-ABORTION POLITICIANS.
UPDATE: Our Petition has been closed. LifeSite News will be launching the official petition shortly. Stay tuned.