US Bishop denies communion to pro-abortionists

Roman Catholic Archbishop Raymond Burke has reaffirmed his stance on denying Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians.

Burke, the archbishop of St. Louis, was asked if he would deny Communion to Giuliani or any other presidential candidate who supports abortion rights.

"If any politician approached me and he'd been admonished not to present himself, I'd not give it," Bishop Burke said.

"To me, you have to be certain a person realizes he is persisting in a serious public sin."

During the 2004 presidential election season, Archbishop Burke publicly stated that John Kerry and other Catholic politicians who vote pro-choice should not receive the Eucharistcitation needed. This proclamation was based on Catholic Canon Law, which states that those who are conscious of grave sin, as defined by the Church, should not receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist

Asked about Burke's comments, Giuliani said he believed Archbishops had a right to their opinion.

The Associated Press reported that Burke said that anyone administering Communion ordained priest or lay minister is morally obligated to deny it to Catholic politicians who support an abortion-rights position contrary to church teaching.

Burke published an article in April in a church law journal that explored whether it is ever appropriate to deny Communion. Some U.S. bishops interpret church teaching to say that an individual examination of conscience, not a minister, should dictate whether a person is worthy to receive the sacrament.

Bishop Would Deny Communion to Giuliani, AP 4/10/07

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5 Oct 2007