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Friday, July 02, 2004

Bishop Saltarelli's Statement on Abortion and the Political Life
Not just politicians, but all Catholics who promote abortion should refrain from Eucharist:

The promotion of abortion by any Catholic is a grave and serious matter. Objectively, according to the constant teaching of the Scriptures and the Church, it would be more spiritually beneficial for such a person to refrain from receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. I ask Catholics in this position to have the integrity to respect the Eucharist, Catholic teaching and the Catholic faithful.

This is a good point:
No one today would accept this statement from any public servant: "I am personally opposed to human slavery and racism but will not impose my personal conviction in the legislative arena." Likewise, none of us should accept this statement from any public servant: "I am personally opposed to abortion but will not impose my personal conviction in the legislative arena."

Our Catholic institutions will not honor Catholic politicians who take pro-abortion legislative positions or invite them to speak at our functions or schools. While they are to be treated civilly, respectfully and with gospel charity, they should never be put forward as a model of a Catholic in public life.

The Wilmington News-Journal's Coverage

Sen. Joe Biden and Rep. Mike Castle, both Catholics, had no comment Thursday on Saltarelli's statement, according to their spokespeople. Biden has repeatedly declined to comment on the issue, but Castle said in May he supported the rights of members of the church and elected officials to hold differing views on issues.

When running for re-election in 2002, Biden said abortion is a personal decision and the government should remain neutral; he said he opposed efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Castle said then that he supported Roe v. Wade.

Lt. Gov. John Carney, who is Catholic and a Democrat, is on vacation and was unavailable for comment Thursday, said his spokesman, Doug Gramiak. A Carney spokesman said in late May that, as a personal belief, the lieutenant governor does not favor abortion, but in terms of policy, believes every person should have the right to choose.

We knew Castle was a RINO (Republican in Name Only), now he's apparently also a CINO (Catholic in Name Only). About Carney's comment, see the second quote from the bishop's statement above.

My comments:
As I've said, I tend to prefer to explicitly ban pro-abortion politicians from Communion, but I am open to possibility that I'm wrong. I guess I just am not aware how someone can consistently support abortion and not be in a state of mortal sin. The Church's teaching is clear. If a Catholic doesn't know the Church's teaching, they're abvioulsy not in Communion in some other way. (And they're not paying to the news, the Internet, etc. Seriously, how can someone not know the Church's position?) Or they deny the teaching power of the Church, which would seem to be a mortal sin (for a Catholic) in and of itself.

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