.- In response to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Jr.âs âinconsistentâ record on pro-life issues, Bishop of Scranton Joseph F. Martino, has said the Pennsylvanian Democratic senator should reflect on his actions and ask himself whether he should receive Holy Communion.
A Wednesday statement from the Diocese of Scranton reproduced Bishop Martinoâs April 27 letter faxed to Sen. Caseyâs office. In the letter, Bishop Martino referred to his previous exhortation that Sen. Casey âoppose strenuouslyâ Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebeliusâ nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services because of her pro-abortion record and her political relationship with late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller.
âDespite his claims of being âpro-life,â Sen. Caseyâs voting record thus far has been inconsistent,â the dioceseâs statement said.
The diocese said Sen. Casey is to be âcommendedâ for his initiatives supporting pregnant women and families and for his defeated amendment which would have provided conscience protection on abortion for healthcare workers.
However, his stand against the Mexico City Policy ensured American taxpayer funds support international organizations that perform or promote abortions.
âNeither the Helms Amendment nor any other U.S. legislation prevents that,â the diocese said.
The statement also mentioned his vote to appoint Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan as solicitor general. She has supported partial-birth abortion and opposed withdrawing funds from taxpayer-funded abortion clinics despite popular opposition. According to the dioceseâs statement, Kagan is also likely to oppose the Federal Defense of Marriage Act and create the possibility for legislation recognizing same-sex âmarriage.â
âBishop Martino has communicated with Sen. Casey about these issues, and his responsibilities as a Catholic and a public official. The Bishop will continue to monitor the Senatorâs positions and votes concerning life issues,â the diocese said, explaining that it is the bishopâs pastoral responsibility to instruct the senator about âthese serious moral issues.â
âIf necessary, future determinations will be made regarding whether Sen. Casey is worthy to receive Holy Communion. However, at this point Bishop Martino believes it is incumbent upon Sen. Casey to reflect on his actions and ask himself if he should receive the sacrament.â