Irish bishops ignore Pope Francis’ advice by not even considering barring Enda Kenny and other pro-abortion politicians from Holy Communion

In an interview with RTE Radio Cardinal Sean Brady said that the Irish bishops had not even considered barring pro-abortion Catholic politicians from receiving Holy Communion if they vote to legalise the murder of unborn babies:

‘While they urged Catholics to contact their representatives and encourage a vote against the bill, the bishops did not outline any plans for disciplinary action against the sponsors of the legislation, including the government leadership. Questioned as to whether politicians who vote for the bill should be barred from receiving Communion, Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh answered: “There would be a great reluctance to politicize the Eucharist…I say that they (politicians) have an obligation to oppose the laws that are attacking something so fundamental as the right to life and they would have to follow their own conscience.”

However, contrary to Cardinal Brady’s concern about politicizing the Eucharist through barring pro-abortion Catholic politicians a number of the most senior prelates in the Church have proposed this as a necessary course of action, including Pope Francis, Pope Benedict and the head of the Holy See’s top legal expert Cardinal Raymond Burke:

Pope Francis

In 2007 Cardinal Bergoglio presented pro-life guidelines on behalf of the Argentinian bishops that stated:

“We hope that legislators, heads of government, and health professionals, conscious of the dignity of human life and of the rootedness of the family in our peoples, will defend and protect it from the abominable crimes of abortion and euthanasia; that is their responsibility … We should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive Holy Communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”

Writing to the Argentinian bishops in March 2013 Pope Francis re-iterated the importance of these pro-life guidelines saying, ‘These are the guidelines we need for this time in history.”

Pope Benedict XVI

Writing in 2004 Cardinal Ratzinger wrote to Cardinal McCarrick on the ‘Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion’:

 5. Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.

6. When “these precautionary measures have not had their effect or in which they were not possible,” and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, “the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it” (cf. Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts Declaration “Holy Communion and Divorced, Civilly Remarried Catholics” [2002], nos. 3-4). This decision, properly speaking, is not a sanction or a penalty. Nor is the minister of Holy Communion passing judgment on the person’s subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the person’s public unworthiness to receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.

 Cardinal Raymond Burke

“There can be no question that the practice of abortion is among the gravest of manifest sins. Once “a Catholic politician has been admonished that he should not come forward to receive Holy Communion,” the cardinal added, “as long as he continues to support legislation which fosters abortion or other intrinsic evils, then he should be refused Holy Communion.” …Cardinal Burke said that the local bishop and parish priests must ensure that Holy Communion is properly received to avoid “the grave sin of sacrilege” from those like Catholic politicians who receive Communion in spite of “grave moral evil.” The bishops and clergy must also prevent the “scandal” caused by this kind of reception because it “gives the impression that the Church’s teaching on the intrinsic evil of abortion is not firm.”

Protect the Pope comment: By failing to even consider the just penalty of barring Enda Kenny and other pro-abortion politicians from Holy Communion Cardinal Brady and the Irish Bishops are not only failing to follow the guidance of Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI and the Church’s leading expert on Canon Law, but they are also not showing a proper concern for the eternal salvation of these Catholics. If Enda Kenny and other Catholics succeed in legalising the killing of unborn children then if they die unrepetant of this most heinous of mortal sins they are in danger of Hell.  The bishops not only have a care to protect the unborn babies of Ireland but also the immortal souls of Catholic politicians. The time for dialogue with evil has passed, now the bishops must speak out with one voice warning of the evil that is threatening innocent lives and endangered souls.
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-tells-argentine-bishops-to-use-doc-restricting-communion-for-pro-abort?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4abc7acc65-LifeSiteNews_com_US_Full_Text_05_02_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0caba610ac-4abc7acc65-397453289

http://www.priestsforlife.org/magisterium/bishops/04-07ratzingerommunion.htm

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/cardinal-burke-no-communion-for-irish-politicians-who-support-abortion#ixzz2SY5ekeBp

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/cardinal-burke-no-communion-for-irish-politicians-who-support-abortion#ixzz2SY5ekeBp

22 comments to Irish bishops ignore Pope Francis’ advice by not even considering barring Enda Kenny and other pro-abortion politicians from Holy Communion

  • Rifleman819

    Why then are they bishops?

  • Gerald Healy

    Does it not follow that the prelates themselves, by not admonishing the politicians and applying the appropriate sanctions in accordance with Church teaching, are also in danger of grave sin.

  • Paul Smyth

    Problem is if the bishop’s excommunicated such politicians, or barred them from Holy Communion, would any Irish priest enforce their teaching?

  • comte de Frebonius

    The fact that Kenny and his gang of reprobates have already said that he will take his advice from the Irish Constitution and the people, shows that he couldn’t give a fig about canonical sanctions; however, it is notable that the Holy Trinity is called upon in its preamble. But you are quite correct, excommunication must be stated in no uncertain terms, even to atheists such Eamon Gilmore, that their soul is more important than worrying about a stupid Dail seat!!!

    It is so sad that Fianna Gael, who are on the most, fairly good Catholics, have been hoodwinked by the Labour minions who are nothing but out and out atheists, who have stated that this is only the beginning, that full abortion and full euthanasia are the next moral houses of cards which will fall. So the bishop’s need to act! For two decades, due to the scandals, they have hid in the sand, afraid to stand up and show backbone to these workings of Hell! Military strategium states that attack is the best form of defence. Attack now, my Lords, attack to save lives, attack to save souls!!

  • karla

    If Enda Kenny is receiving the Eucharist and has not repented and confessed for his support of abortion, then he is profaning the Eucharist and that his damaging his soul, same with all other pro abortion politicians who take the Eucharist and that damage on the soul should be something that every Bishop should want to stop from occurring, and politicians who support laws which are mortal sins should be denied Communion.

  • Ned Greene

    The voice of life will continue to find creative solutions to the voice of irresponsibility.

  • SteveD

    It is not up to the Irish bishops, it is up to the priest facing these heretics. (Though a word from their shepherds would put some spine into the weaker of the priests). These men and their pronouncements, or lack of them, were already regarded as irrelevant outside the Church and can now be considered to be irrelevant within it. Faithful priests will have to ‘go it alone’ and face the consequences, God bless them.

  • John Fannon

    Why doesn’t the Pope excommunicate Enva Kenny? Pope’s have done this before – recall Pius IX excommunicating King Victor Emmanuel and rescinding it only on VE ‘s deathbed.

  • Ryan Meade

    All “Catholic” politicians and public personalities worldwide who promote the murder of the unborn should be excommunicated categorically. It does not matter if our numbers begin dwindling. Those will still be the true numbers. Being Catholic is not as easy as showing up on Sundays, or say, on major holidays. This law must be fought against with every power at our disposal.

  • Andrzej

    What gets me is that these bishops are living luxurious lives at the expense of the Church.

  • Michael Petek

    The CDF Doctrinal Commentary on the Concluding Formula of the Professio fidei states at paragraph 11 that: “To the truths of the first paragraph belong the articles of faith of the Creed, ….. the doctrine on the grave immorality of direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being.”
    http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_1998_professio-fidei_en.html

    If voting for abortion is evidence of denial or doubt of this doctrine, then excommunication is due for heresy, let alone mere denialof Holy Communion.

  • MTMajor

    C’mon, isn’t is obvious that Kenny and his cohorts are the ones politicizing the Euchrist by voting to support abortion! The bishops are simply giving them a pass so as to insure future support. Why is a conditioned response, denial of communion, supported by orthodox laity and clerics yet denied by their progressive counterparts? It doesn’t even seem appropriate to discuss. Shame on the bishops to so disregard the Church’s teaching and bring scandal to its members.

  • AsItIs

    YET AGAIN, part of a Garabandal Message:

    “Many cardinals, many bishops and many priests are on the road to perdition and are taking many souls with them. Less and less importance is being given to the Eucharist. You should turn the wrath of God away from yourselves by your efforts”.

  • Joseph Matthew

    Let us pray for their conversion. Amazing things can happen. I heard Clifford Longley, who is described as a Catholic journalist, recently praising the Opus Dei supporting Archbishop Romero on Radio 4. The same Longley who at one time detested Opus Dei.

  • I heard that the Cardinal later clarified that they had not ruled out anything. Declaring their cards too early could give ammunition to the Church’s enemies. Besides public support for an intrinsic evil carries a latae sententiae penalty – it’s automatic excommunication. By choosing to support a law which violates both the Natural Law and the teaching of Christ and His Church those who support abortion are automatically outside. What lies in the bishops’ power is its enforcement. The bishops themselves know whether they have the support of their clergy where they to try to enforce it (though it would, I suspect, affect very few Irish politicians). I don’t follow the ‘politicizing the Eucharist’ argument. The Eucharist may be received only by members of the Church who are in actual communion with her in faith and life. Perhaps the bishops fear that trying to enforce the Church’s law they would only show up how many clergy ignore their bishops!

    • savvy

      A Bishop can publicly excommunicate individuals, but it’s hard for the minister of communion to figure out if a person is in a state of grace or not. Local Churches should instead tell their members that only those who are in a state of grace and those who have been to confession can receive the Eucharist. The rest can come forth for a blessing instead.

  • Bob Hayes

    Meanwhile, pro-abortion barrister Barbara Hewson is calling for the age of consent to be lowered to thirteen years.

    https://twitter.com/BarbaraHewson

  • [...] [Protect the Pope comment: It is not my view that Enda Kenny should be excommunicated for legalising abortion but the judgement of Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Raymond Burke. In 2007 Cardinal Bergoglio presented pro-life guidelines on behalf of the Argentinian bishops that stated: 'We should commit ourselves to 'eucharistic coherence', that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive Holy Communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals. See: http://protectthepope.com/?p=7212] [...]

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