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Pope Francis clear on denying Communion to those who facilitate abortion

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This afternoon, it was announced that Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, who will now be Pope Francis, was chosen as the leader of the Catholic Church. Live Action has already put forth a piece regarding this historic occasion.

The piece mentions how Cardinal Bergoglio criticized priests who wouldn’t baptize children of unwed mothers. Such is a telling passage of how devoted the Church’s new leader really is to the pro-life cause. He realizes that to be pro-life is about caring not only about the unborn child before he or she is born, but about caring about the dignity of the mother as well. The Catholic Church and the world will certainly benefit from such a man holding such a position of power who is pro-life in the most understanding and compassionate of ways.

Such an instance is not the only way in which the Holy Father has been clear on his pro-life stance as a cardinal. In an article about Francis, LifeSiteNews mentions that in 2007, on behalf of the bishops of Latin America, Cardinal Bergoglio clearly stated that being disallowed holy communion was a consequence for those who facilitated an abortion, politicians included.

The Catholic Church is clear on its stance against abortion. Yet denying Communion to those who are known to facilitate in an abortion is not always as clear as it should be. Such situations are at times dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Often, the pro-abortion Catholics in question are reminded or encouraged not to partake in Holy Communion. In going against the Church, in these cases by facilitating in an abortion, a person is excommunicated by his or her own actions. More than a mere reminder or sense of encouragement may be needed.

The Church has done amazing pro-life work, often taking a forefront position. If the Church is to remain truly consistent, though, on its stance and be taken as seriously as possible, those who facilitate abortion in any way, including and especially politicians, must not be permitted to partake in Holy Communion.

Pope Francis looks to be a very promising pro-life leader for the Church. It is even more encouraging that he has taken such a clear and adamant stance against such Catholics receiving holy communion. Hopefully other leaders within the Church will follow the call of the Holy Father.
I pray it is so. We will know in short time.
I hope so. But how would even know about Biden?  I understand that P. Francis speaks several languages but not English yet.  Someone will need to tell him of the situation with Biden, Pelosi, and is it the head of Georgetown who is also going like they are all in good graces...

Maybe C. Burke will have a chance to clue him.  Who else would--not Mahony or McCarrick or some of the others who allow these pro-abortion, pro-gay union folks to continue to sacrilegiously receive Holt Communion.

As a Cardinal that stayed close to home, how would he know the politics in N. America?  But I would not be surprised to see cameras at the ready if he does give Communion---would he even recognize these ones?
He speaks English. He's from Argentina not the planet Vulcan. He knows who Biden is and what he stands for.
(03-16-2013, 02:51 PM)Someone1776 Wrote: [ -> ]He speaks English. He's from Argentina not the planet Vulcan. He knows who Biden is and what he stands for.

I understand he can read English but does not speak it.  At least, "not with any facility" as I heard one commentator say. 

But then, who knows what's true and false about this Holy Father?
Literally repeating topics that were already made.

Must be rerun season already.
(03-16-2013, 02:51 PM)Someone1776 Wrote: [ -> ]He speaks English. He's from Argentina not the planet Vulcan. He knows who Biden is and what he stands for.

Since many of us are Americans, it makes sense to point out that Biden and Pelosi have the gall to attend this installation ceremony on behalf of U. S. Catholics.  Of course this is despicable.  However, they are not the only politicians that will be there who are publicly disobeying church teachings by making and promoting laws that allow abortion, gay marriage and other evil things.  Who knows how many hundreds of pro abortion polticians will attempt to receive the Holy Eucharist from Pope Francis' own hands.  

Denying these politicians makes so much sense.  They will only taste their own condemnation when they receive.  I'm not sure if I would fault the Holy Father for not being able to point out the good Catholics from the public sinners in the communion line.  A formal excommunication would make more sense.
Two questions, since this is here anyway:

1. If Biden and Pelosi receive Communion despite their alleged unworthiness, wouldn't condemnation be brought down upon them for choosing to receive, and
2. How do we or the pope know that they will not go to Confession before the Mass and beg pardon and penance for any mortal sins?  There's going to be a bajillion priests there, I'm sure they could flag one down.
I think we will be seeing lots of Eucharistic ministers at the Vatican now
(03-16-2013, 03:32 PM)dark lancer Wrote: [ -> ]Two questions, since this is here anyway:

1. If Biden and Pelosi receive Communion despite their alleged unworthiness, wouldn't condemnation be brought down upon them for choosing to receive, and
2. How do we or the pope know that they will not go to Confession before the Mass and beg pardon and penance for any mortal sins?  There's going to be a bajillion priests there, I'm sure they could flag one down.

1.  Yes.

2. Public sinners of this type are supposed to publicly repent in addition to confession.