San Francisco, Calif., Jun 25, 2021 / 13:13 pm
On June 23, 2021, First Things published San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s paragraph-by-paragraph response to the “Statement of Principles,” a document developed by 60 Democratic legislators in response to the U.S. bishops' vote to create their own Eucharistic document.
Each of the Democratic signers of the statement is pro-abortion, and asked not to be denied the Eucharist because of their support.
Archbishop Cordileone’s rejoinder mentioned logical inconsistencies and practical contradictions in the statement, as well as theological errors contained within the “Statement of Principles.”
To the point that Democratic members are “committed to making real the basic principles that are at the heart of Catholic social teaching: helping the poor, disadvantaged, and the oppressed, protecting the least among us and ensuring that all Americans of every faith are given meaningful opportunities to share in the blessings of this great country,” Archbishop Cordileone offered the rebuttal that “One of the ‘basic principles’ of Catholic belief is…[d]on’t intentionally kill, or collude in enabling others to kill, innocent human life."