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.