Fr Vincent Twomey, Ireland’s leading moral theologian and student of Pope Benedict XVI, has challenged Derek Keating’s accusation that ‘ultra right-wing elements in the church’ were responsible for him being banned from serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Fr Twomey said to LifeSite News:
‘Far from the objection coming from “ultra right-wing elements” the priest was simply acting in accordance with the law of the Church. Canon 915 requires that the Eucharist be withheld from “manifest grave sinners” and public support for abortion by politicians has been defined as a “grave sin” by the Church’s highest authorities.’
“The bill is passed,” he told LSN by phone. “There’s no using the Eucharist to persuade the government to change the bill now, so that doesn’t apply.”
“The priest is simply carrying through the logical implications that follow when one votes for a law that is unjust,” Fr. Twomey said.
“The fact is that if one voted freely for that bill, it is incompatible with acting in public with the Church.”
“The priest has a responsibility to his own congregation,” Fr. Twomey said. “If there is someone who has publicly supported the law, that is objectively wrong. Acting publicly as a minister of the Church, therefore, is a contradiction.”
“All he’s saying is, ‘We cannot allow this, because of the public nature of your actions,’” in having voted for legislation legalising abortion, Fr. Twomey said.
Protect the Pope comment: Here is the crucial canon 915 which according to Fr Twomey applies to Derek Keating TD, ’Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion. (Canon 915).’ The section that Fr Twomey judges applies to Derek Keating is ‘others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion. As Fr Twomey says, ‘public support for abortion by politicians has been defined as a “grave sin” by the Church’s highest authorities.’ Now that Fr O’Reilly has set the precedent and a moral theologian has confirmed his decision isn’t it time that canon 915 is applied by priests throughout Ireland to all pro-abort Catholic politicians who voted to legalise killing babies through abortion?