Loading
Denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians is ‘just’: seminary rector
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- It is “equitable and just” to refuse Holy Communion to Catholics who contradict the fundamental Church teachings on human life, said the rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary in the Diocese of San Francisco. Fr. Gerald Coleman expressed this view in an article that he wrote, which was published in the diocesan paper.

Fr. Coleman’s article, entitled “Why pro-abortion Catholics can't take Communion: Dignity of human life and participation in Holy Communion”, appeared in the latest issue of Catholic San Francisco. 

“The Church already excludes from Communion persons remarried without an annulment. Such persons are seen to be in contradiction to the Church's teaching on the sanctity and permanence of a valid marriage,” Fr. Coleman wrote.

“Extending this prohibition to include any Catholic who stands in unambiguous contradiction to fundamental Church teachings on human life thus seems equitable and just, but more importantly and hopefully, a call to conversion of heart and thinking,” he continued.

“The Eucharist is par excellence the sacrament of unity in the Church,” he said. “If we cannot be united with the Church in belief and action, then, should we not excuse ourselves from the Sacrament that signifies unity and faith by its very nature?”

Fr. Coleman suggested that, “from a pastoral point of view, it would seem wiser if a Catholic would make the necessary decision in his or her own regard about proper admission to Holy Communion, rather than waiting for a bishop's determination.”

The rector also said “Catholics must resist in our own lives all tendencies to give personal or political support to non-protection of human life in every stage and level of its being.”

Fr. Coleman recognized that the United States is not a Catholic society. However, he argued, pro-life concerns “are not Catholic issues alone; rather, they are human issues that affect our political and social lives.”

“As citizens, we cannot divorce our faith from our moral choices, a concept especially binding on lawmakers since politics must be concerned with true human life and social good,” he wrote.

He argued that there are “non-negotiable ethical principles that ground society,” which can never be compromised, such as the individual’s basic rights to life and to active participation in public life, as well as the protection of marriage as the union between a man and a woman.

Citing the “Doctrinal Note On Some Questions Regarding Participation of Catholics in Political Life”, which was issued by the Vatican in November 2002, Fr. Coleman emphasized that “lawmakers have a ‘grave and clear obligation’ to oppose any law that attacks these fundamental ethical principles.

“There is a rightful autonomy of politics from religion, but never from morality,” he said. “The faithful cannot live on two parallel levels, a spiritual level where one believes in fundamental ethical values and, on the other hand, a secular level where one lives out one's life in family, work, society and culture.”

Fr. Coleman lauded those bishops who have publicly urged Catholic lawmakers and politicians to live their faith in office, namely Cardinal Meisner, archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Biffi, archbishop of Bologna, Archbishop Sean O’Malley of Boston and Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

He made particular mention of Archbishop Raymond Burke, who, on Jan. 8, said Catholic legislators who are pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia commit a serious sin and cannot receive Holy Communion until they "publicly renounce their support of these most unjust practices."

Fr. Coleman pointed out that Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans and Bishop David Zubik of Green Bay, Wisconsin, have taken similar stands.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
Dec
20

Liturgical Calendar

December 20, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Gospel
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Judg 13: 2-7, 24-25A
Gospel:: Lk 1: 5-25

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
12/15/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Homily
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14