Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes - Diocese of New Orleans

In his column in the diocesan paper January 14, 2004, "Co-responsibility for Public Policy", New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes spoke specifically about Catholic officials who support policies inimical to Catholic teaching receiving Holy Communion:
A recent Vatican document, A Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life, [see above] offers valuable guidance in the above issues for public figures. This document does not propose a Catholic agenda, but clarifies for Catholics those truths that are rooted in nature. The Louisiana bishops are sending a copy of this document to each of our elected Catholic public officials in Baton Rouge and Washington. When Catholic officials openly support the taking of human life in abortion, euthanasia or the destruction of human embryos, they are no longer faithful members in the Church and should not partake of Holy Communion. Moreover, citizens who promote this unjust taking of human life by their vote or support of such candidates share in responsibility for this grave evil. . . . [READ MORE].
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