Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Archbishop Burke on Communion and pro-abortion politicians

Comment: if this were enforced in this country, most of the Catholic politicians listed in the Catholic Directory would be in trouble - including the leading members of the All Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group.

From CFNews: The head of Church's highest court has said ecclesiastical law is clear on the exclusion of abortion supporters from holy communion. Most Rev Raymond Burke of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome stated that Catholics who, despite being formally corrected, overtly supported abortion should not be given the sacrament, nor could they worthily receive it. He could not see why the issue was still debated. The US bishops' conference said in 2004 that bishops were able to decide whether to refuse communion in such cases; Senator John Kerry was then running for president and seen going to communion. Doing so was using the sacrament politically, the archbishop told LifeSiteNews. The eucharist had to be protected from sacrilege.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen