Hilary White of LifeSiteNews has received a message from the bishops’ conference’s media office informing her that the General Secretary of the Bishop’s Conference approved Greg Pope’s rejection of Bishop Egan’s teaching about denying communion to pro-abort & SSM politicians. Mgr Marcus Stock is the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference.
‘Today the media office of the bishops’ conference confirmed with LifeSiteNews that the letter was addressed to the Catholic MPs with the bishops’ full authorization. “Many thanks for your mail. Mr. Greg Pope was speaking as a spokesperson for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales,” a spokesman with the bishops’ Catholic Communications Network said.’
“The statement was approved by the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference after appropriate consultation. ‘There are no plans by any Bishops in England and Wales to deny communion to Catholic MPs who voted in favour of same sex marriage legislation last year,’” the spokesman said.’
M Donnelly: While providing further information this statement still leaves a lot unclear. What was the ‘appropriate’ consultation that Mgr Marcus Stock undertook regarding Greg Pope’s letter to Catholic MPs and Peers?
Moreover, Bishop Egan had listed a number of circumstances when Catholic politicians should not receive Holy Communion. These included if they voted for Abortion, euthanasia, eugenics, assisted suicide. What is the Bishop’s conference view on these?
The House of Commons is due to vote in a couple of weeks on Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill. Where does the Bishops’ Conference stand on this?
Here’s where Pope Benedict, Pope Francis and Cardinal Raymond Burke stand.
Pope Benedict XVI, when he was Prefect of the CDF
Pope Francis, when he was Cardinal of Buenos Aires
Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and the Church’s top Canon Lawyer
In summary they indicate: Catholic politicians who vote against the moral doctrines of the Church should be first admonished, and if they persist, should be denied Holy Communion.