Will other priests follow Fr O’Reilly’s example and stop sacrilege by pro-abort politicians? – The Irish Cathoic

Under the headline ‘Actions have consequences for pro-abortion TDs’ Cathal Barry of The Irish Catholic asks will other priests follow Fr O’Reilly’s example by stopping the scandal of sacrilege by pro-abort politicians?

‘News that a prominent Government TD had been told to stand aside as a Minister of the Eucharist by his parish priest over his support for the controversial abortion legislation stole headlines at the weekend.

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Mid West Derek Keating was contacted last week by Fr Peter O’Reilly, Parish Priest of St Mary’s in Lucan, who called on him not to fulfil his duties as a Eucharistic minister given the controversy during the summer around the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

Despite the law [of the Church], this latest development has left churchmen divided on where their sympathies lie.

Controversial cleric Fr Tony Flannery tweeted his support for the Fine Gael TD on Monday. “I am disgusted at the treatment of Derek Keating in his parish in Lucan,” he said. Fr Flannery also said he was “amazed that the parish priest would take such an action”.

However, popular Catholic commentator Deacon Nick Donnelly told The Irish Catholic, Fr O’Reilly was following Church teaching in stopping Mr Keating serving the Church as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.

Avoid scandal

Deacon Donnelly said Fr Peter O’Reilly “did the only thing possible if he was to avoid scandal among the faithful”.

“I really hope that other priests will follow Fr O’Reilly’s example by taking steps to stop the scandal of sacrilege in their parishes by making it clear to pro-abortion Catholic politicians that they have put themselves out of communion with the Church,” he said.

Seriousness

The UK based deacon said other Catholic TDs who had supported the legislation need this “shock to the system” to “realise the seriousness of the sin they have committed”.

Similarly, one well respected canon lawyer who requested to remain unnamed insisted to this paper that Fr O’Reilly was “perfectly correct saying this man was not fit to be Eucharistic minister”.

“I would encourage every priest to do the same thing,” he said.

Whether priests will follow Fr O’Reilly’s lead still remains to be seen. However, Catholic TD’s who supported the abortion Bill will be left in little doubt that there are repercussions for their actions.’

Protect the Pope comment: At last, due to the decisive actions of Fr Peter O’Reilly, the urgent need to protect the integrity of the Blessed Sacrament from sacrilege by pro-abort Irish politicians has been covered in the Irish media. Without leadership from the Irish bishops, who remain bizarrely silent over the scandal, its up to the priests of Ireland to act according to the law of the Church.  Let us pray that priests are meeting behind the scenes to encourage each other to follow Fr Peter O’Reilly’s defence of the Blessed Sacrament and defence of Life.

Here’s entire Irish Catholic article:

Actions have consequences for pro-abortion TDs
October 17, 2013
Church teaching on Ministers of the Eucharist is clear, writes Cathal Barry

- See more at: http://www.irishcatholic.ie/article/actions-have-consequences-pro-abortion-tds#sthash.s19pCCvX.dpuf

News that a prominent Government TD had been told to stand aside as a Minister of the Eucharist by his parish priest over his support for the controversial abortion legislation stole headlines at the weekend.

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Mid West Derek Keating was contacted last week by Fr Peter O’Reilly, Parish Priest of St Mary’s in Lucan, who called on him not to fulfil his duties as a Eucharistic minister given the controversy during the summer around the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

Confusion

There has been much debate and even more confusion over whether Fr O’Reilly’s decision to prevent Mr Keating from any further ministering in his church was correct or not, however, Church teaching makes it crystal clear.

In 2004 the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued, Redemptionis Sacramentum, an instruction on the proper way to celebrate Mass. The document includes a provision for lay Eucharistic ministers, provided their function is carried out “in accordance with the law, bearing in mind the tradition of the Church”.

The key element here, of course, is the law.

Canon Law

According to Canon Law: “A person who actually procures an abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.” This means a person involved in an abortion automatically places themselves outside the Church.

Writing in his 1995 encyclical letter, Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II, extends procurement to “legislators who have promoted and approved abortion laws”.

The Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh and future leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland Eamon Martin is clearly in agreement with the late Pontiff, stating recently: “If a legislator comes to me and says, ‘Can I be a faithful Catholic and support abortion?’ I would say: ‘No’. Your communion is ruptured if you support abortion. You are excommunicating yourself. Any legislator who clearly and publicly states this should not approach [a priest] looking for Communion.”

The Church teaches that if Mr Keating, a self-proclaimed committed Catholic, has ruptured his communion as a result of his support for the Government’s abortion Bill, then he should not be receiving the Eucharist let alone assisting in administering it.

Despite the law, this latest development has left churchmen divided on where their sympathies lie.

Controversial cleric Fr Tony Flannery tweeted his support for the Fine Gael TD on Monday. “I am disgusted at the treatment of Derek Keating in his parish in Lucan,” he said. Fr Flannery also said he was “amazed that the parish priest would take such an action”.

However, popular Catholic commentator Deacon Nick Donnelly told The Irish Catholic, Fr O’Reilly was following Church teaching in stopping Mr Keating serving the Church as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.

Avoid scandal

Deacon Donnelly said Fr Peter O’Reilly “did the only thing possible if he was to avoid scandal among the faithful”.

“I really hope that other priests will follow Fr O’Reilly’s example by taking steps to stop the scandal of sacrilege in their parishes by making it clear to pro-abortion Catholic politicians that they have put themselves out of communion with the Church,” he said.

Seriousness

The UK based deacon said other Catholic TDs who had supported the legislation need this “shock to the system” to “realise the seriousness of the sin they have committed”.

Similarly, one well respected canon lawyer who requested to remain unnamed insisted to this paper that Fr O’Reilly was “perfectly correct saying this man was not fit to be Eucharistic minister”.

“I would encourage every priest to do the same thing,” he said.

Whether priests will follow Fr O’Reilly’s lead still remains to be seen. However, Catholic TD’s who supported the abortion Bill will be left in little doubt that there are repercussions for their actions.

http://www.irishcatholic.ie/article/actions-have-consequences-pro-abortion-tds

 

8 comments to Will other priests follow Fr O’Reilly’s example and stop sacrilege by pro-abort politicians? – The Irish Cathoic

  • tcmus

    I pray other priests will follow suit and awaken us all to the consequences of such legislation. How might the TDs who voted for this return to full communion with the church?

  • Eleanor Peters

    You cannot have it both ways. You are either a committed Catholic or an abortion defender. We all know that abortion is a mortal sin and punishable by x communion. No lay person can give Communion to another parish member and think that is right. You have put your self out of the right for communion your self. Why even think this is right when it is a mortal sin against the church ? You cannot receive the sacament of communion untill you have repented and do not do it again. Period.

  • Lynda

    The bishops and priests are obliged to refuse to give the Blessed Sacrament to those people who have provided in law for the killing of babies in utero in certain circumstances. Not to so refuse constitutes a most grave sin on the part of bishops or priests. It is sacrilege of the Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and scandalising of the Faithful, with full knowledge and consent. As for “Fr” Flannery, he is a disgrace to the priesthood, to Catholicism, to objective morality and is clearly obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin – how much longer will he be able to abuse his priesthood to lure souls away from God, His Holy Church and the Natural Law? The authorities in the Church need to take action against him as soon as possible for the salvation of souls. It is clear that it was his heretical and gravely immoral notions that informed the FG party in proposing and passing the most evil legislation (irrational, unjust and unconstitutional) recently passed.

  • Wake up England

    It’s quite disgraceful and scandalous that Irish bishops have stayed completely silent over this.

    If Irish Catholic hospitals provide abortions AND the Irish bishops don’t condemn it, then one can hardly blame an unwillingly pregnant Catholic woman for thinking abortion is now okay, according to the Church’s teaching.

    If the Irish bishops don’t enforce canon law and prevent sacrilege of the Blessed Sacrament, one can understand a priest feeling awkward about “pre-empting” his bishop.

    The Irish bishops’ job is being done for them by newspapers; this blog and brave isolated parish priests.

    Any well-run and profitable company would have sacked any (and, if necessary, ALL) senior managers who failed so completely to do their jobs. So WHY do we at “Roman Catholics PLC” have these “duffers in mitres” to manage OUR company – of which we are all shareholders?

    “The hungry sheep look up, but are not fed”.

  • Paul Commins

    Father Flannery and the ACP,seem to be amazed at anything truly Catholic.
    They want to raze the bastions.

  • Augustine

    “Compare and Contrast.”

    On July 19, 2013 The Catholic Herald reported on its front page:

    “IRISH GOVERNMENT EXPELS MINISTER OVER ABORTION BILL
    Five members of parliament, including a minister, have been expelled from the ruling Fine Gael party after voting against the government’s abortion bill.”

    So the leaders of Fine Gael have shown the Catholic Bishops of Ireland the way to deal with dissent.

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