Wednesday, June 28, 2006

In Communion with Kerry

The American Papist has a post on pro-abortion Catholics and Holy Communion here. Seems that Kerry and Kennedy chose the instalation of Archbishop Wuerl in DC to be present and some fear that it was a kind of statement. American Papist also points out Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion: General Principles by Joseph Ratzinger.

5. Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.

6. When "these precautionary measures have not had their effect or in which they were not possible," and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, "the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it."

Seems straight to me!

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