.- A newly released video of a 2007 appearance of Francis Cardinal Arinze shows the cardinal addressing the issue of Catholic politicians who support permissive abortion laws but also present themselves for Holy Communion.
Speaking in a âQuestion and Answerâ session at gathering for Familyland USA in 2007, the cardinal said the answer to the question was so obvious that even children preparing for First Communion could answer it correctly.
In a satirical manner, Cardinal Arinze criticized a standard pro-abortion political argument.
âTo the person who says, âPersonally, I am against abortion, but then if people really want to do it I leave them freeâ you can say âYou are a member of the senate or the congress.
ââPersonally I am not in favor of shooting the whole lot of you, but if somebody else wants to shoot all of you in the senate or all of you in the congress, itâs just pro-choice for that.
ââBut personally Iâm not in favor.â
âThat is what they are saying,â the cardinal argued.
âThey are saying that personally, he is not in favor of killing these millions of children in the womb, but if others want to do it, he is pro-choice.â
Cardinal Arinze made a joking aside, saying, âAnd then you ask me âWhat does the Holy See do, why doesnât the Pope send a dozen Swiss Guards to arrest them allâ.â
The cardinal continued, âYou may have heard about the letter that the present Holy Father, as prefect of the Congregation on the Doctrine of the Faith, sent to American bishops on that issue.
The letter, which was issued in 2002, addresses the âcultural relativism that exists todayâ and condemns âthe opinion expressed in the public sphere that such ethical pluralism is the very condition for democracyâ. It also goes on to elaborate the obligations of Catholics in this cultural situation, focusing on life issues.
âSo the matter is very clear,â Cardinal Arinze said.
The cardinal noted that he is often asked if a politician who votes for abortion should receive Holy Communion.
He said his reply was, âDo you really need a cardinal from the Vatican to answer that?â
âGet the children for first communion and say to them, somebody votes for the killing of unborn babies, and says, I voted for that, I will vote for that every time and these babies are killed, not one or two, but in millions, and that person says I am a practicing Catholic, should that person receive communion next Sunday?
âThe children for first communion will answer that at the drop of a hat. You donât need a cardinal to answer that.â