Friday, July 30, 2004

Bishop Robert J. Carlson - Diocese of Sioux Falls

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle is a pro-abortion, Catholic Democrat and up for reelection this year. Of late, the matter of Catholic politicians who do not subscribe to the Church's pro-life stance and teachings on abortion has become a hot political topic. With the November elections quickly approaching, candidates like Daschle and John Kerry (also a pro-abortion Catholic) are finding themselves in a sticky situation.

Daschle, who hails from the conservative state of South Dakota, really has his hands full trying to trick his constituents into thinking he is, if not conservative, at least moderate. This recent article from Most. Rev. Robert J. Carlson Bishop of Sioux Falls will be published in Monday's "Bishop's Bulletin," and it won't be helpful to Daschle's reelection efforts.

SOURCE: "Daschle's Bishop: Don't Vote for Pro-Abortion Politicians"July 30, 2004.

Related Links: "Bishop Carlson says make abortion prime consideration" August 10, 2004.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Bishop Robert F. Vasa - Diocese of Baker, OR

A faithful and courageous prelate, Bishop Robert Francis Vasa, M.Div., J.C.L.,[1] Bishop of Baker, Oregon, kindly granted Catholic Online and this writer a recent interview.

During this conversation, Bishop Vasa (pronounced Va'.sha) helped reinforce Church teachings regarding the scandal of the sacrilegious reception of Holy Communion by persons who obstinately persist in their manifest grave sin.

In answer to the question, 'If the pro-abortion 'Catholic' Senator John Kerry came up to you for Holy Communion, would you deny him,' Bishop Vasa quickly replied:

"Absolutely. I would agree, certainly, with Archbishop Burke and Bishop Bruskewitz in their own actions in this matter. I literally could not give Holy Communion to a professed and actively committed pro-choice politician." . . . [READ MORE].

SOURCE: "Bishop Vasa - a shepherd for our time", by Barbara Kralis. Catholic Online. July 17, 2004.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Bishop Victor Galeone - Diocese of St. Augustine, FL

"Can an avid proponent of abortion-on-demand be at the same time a Catholic in good standing with the church?" I answer that question by asking another: Can an avowed racist be a member in good standing of the NAACP? For similar reasons, there are some positions so extreme that they would bar one from being considered a good Catholic, not because a specifically Catholic teaching is being denied, but because a basic tenet of the natural law is being trashed. As members of the human family, we must obey the natural law, written on our hearts: "You shall not take an innocent life."

Source: "Can A Catholic Politician Be Pro-Choice?", by Bishop Victor Galeone. St. Augustine Catholic (Online diocesian magazine). July 2004.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput - Denver CO

Denver's Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput was interviewed on Colorado Public Radio about his position in the debate over giving communion for Catholic public officials who support abortion. He wrote a column, one of a continuing series, in which he said that Catholics' who support abortion are not really Catholics, but "a very different kind of creature."

A local political candidate accused his archbishop of crossing the line between Church and State and said that Catholic prelates should not preach to Catholic politicians. However, in the interview the Archbishop, defended his statement saying, "If you don't accept what the Church teaches on issues of faith and morals you can't claim to be a Catholic." He went on to say, "I would say if you're in favour of the choice to kill babies it isn't compatible with Catholic faith."

Throughout the interview Chaput avoided the question of whether he would directly refuse someone like John Kerry communion if he should present himself in a Denver-area Catholic church. "One cannot be a pro-choice catholic," he said. "There are Catholics who don't understand that and think they're Catholics… We believe that if you don't accept what the church teaches in the grave matters of faith and morals, and we know what those are in the Catholic Church, then you're not in communion with what the Church teaches and therefore you shouldn't go to communion. Communion isn't about personal worthiness, it's about faith, what you believe."

When asked about the issue of separation of Church and State that is frequently used to attempt to silence Catholic or other Christian voices, the Archbishop became emphatic. He said that the tactic was unscrupulous and un-American and would never have been used against Church leaders who spoke out against slavery or segregation. "(Separation of Church and State) doesn't mean that the Church should be silent. It doesn't mean that a politician should tell me to shut up. It doesn't mean that any member of the Church can't talk about the issues that are important to the Church."

"Abortion is a matter of human dignity and human rights," Chaput said.

He then became more blunt. "It's not a religious principle; we're not against abortion for religious reasons. We're against it because it kills babies. No one should tell us to be quiet about that any more than we were quiet about segregation. It's very important that we're active; we encourage our people to vote their conscience. That's not interfering with the government."

Source: "Denver Archbishop says those who Support Abortion "Rights" Cannot be Catholic" July 14, 2004.

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo - Diocese of Richmond

Six weeks after taking office, Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo is reshaping the Diocese of Richmond to bring it into close conformity with the policies of Pope John Paul II and orthodox Catholic teaching.

That intention is most obvious with DiLorenzo's announcement last month that no one can be invited by parishes as a guest speaker without first being approved by the diocesan theologian, a post re-established by the bishop.

The bishop has also decided not to reactivate the diocesan "sexual minorities" commission that had advised former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan on gay and lesbian concerns.

Additionally, DiLorenzo removed a Virginia Beach woman from the diocesan women's commission because her support for ordaining women as priests conflicted with the Vatican's policy of restricting the priesthood to men. . . . READ MORE.

SOURCE: "New bishop conforms to strict Catholic law", by Steven J. Vegh. The Virginian-Pilot July 10, 2004.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Bishop Bernard Harrington - Diocese of Winona

(Winona-AP) -- The Bishop of the Winona Diocese says Catholics who support abortion rights shouldn't receive Communion.

Bishop Bernard Harrington says in a statement that any Roman Catholic who supports abortion rights defies church teachings.

He says "It is time we recognize that morality and ethics -- not our political parties -- determine what we believe.'' Harrington made his comments in the July edition of the diocese's official newspaper.

Harrington's statement came weeks after a national bishops' task force he served on said bishops have the authority to deny Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

Harrington says individual Catholics must determine if they are worthy to receive Communion. But he stopped short of repeating threats made by some U-S bishops to deny Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.

Source: Associated Press. July 7, 2004.

Friday, July 02, 2004

Bishop Michael Saltarelli - Diocese of Wilmington

WILMINGTON -- Wilmington Bishop Michael Saltarelli said Thursday that all Catholics who actively support abortion, not just lawmakers, should voluntarily refrain from taking Holy Communion.

Saltarelli's statement does not prohibit public servants or lay Catholics from receiving the Eucharist, however. It does ask Catholic institutions not to honor "Catholic politicians who take pro-abortion legislative po-sitions or invite them to speak at our functions and schools."

"The overarching message in this statement is that all Catholics need to be in a state of grace and free from mortal sin when they receive the Eucharist," said Wilmington diocese spokesman Bob Krebs. "It's reminding all of us to fully examine our consciences before receiving Christ in the Eucharist."

The statement also said that the "promotion of abortion by any Catholic is a grave and serious matter" and said it would be "more spiritually beneficial" for Catholics who promote abortion to abstain from receiving Holy Communion. In the sacrament, Catholicism's central act of worship, parishioners receive the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist, believed to contain the body and blood of Christ. . . . [READ MORE]

Source: "Pro-choicers shouldn't take Communion, bishop says", by Victor Greto. The News Journal July 2, 2004.