The following comes from a May 5 story on LifeSiteNews.com.
At the first annual Rome Life Forum in Vatican City today, fifty-two pro-life leaders from sixteen nations called on the bishops of the Catholic Church to deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians in a spirit of love and mercy.
The leaders signed a declaration noting that it is out of concern, and indeed love, for those same politicians that the pro-life leaders ask for this wake-up call to invite pro-abortion politicians back to authentic faith.
For the full list of signatories, click here.
Led by the organizers and sponsors of the 1st Rome Life Forum – LifeSiteNews, Human Life International, Family Life International New Zealand and the organizers of the Rome March for Life – the leaders of 36 pro-life groups from all over the world called on the world’s bishops to honour Canon 915 of the Church’s Code of Canon Law. The canon states that those who are “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
The declaration also recalls the words of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in his intervention with the bishops of the United States, called “Worthiness to receive Holy Communion.” Cardinal Ratzinger wrote that a Catholic politician who votes for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws “must” be denied Communion after being duly instructed and warned.
Leaders signing the declaration came from the USA, Spain, Italy, Canada, Romania, Croatia, St. Lucia, New Zealand, France, the UK, Poland, Belgium, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Malta, and Estonia.
Speaking at the public portion of the Rome Life Forum, Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura, reflected on “the grave scandal caused by legislators, judges, and political leaders who profess to be Catholic and who present themselves to receive Holy Communion, while, at the same time, they uphold and even promote laws which violate the moral law in its most fundamental tenets.” Cardinal Burke recalled, “The Church’s discipline, from the time of Saint Paul, has admonished those who obstinately persevere in manifest grave sin not to present themselves for Holy Communion…”
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