Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Bishop Robert C. Morlino - Diocese of Madison, WI

Shortly after Bishop Raymond Burke left the Diocese of Lacrosse, WI to serve in St. Louis, MI, Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison wrote a column in defense of Burke's notification to Wisconsin lawmakers that they would be refused Holy Communion until they publicly renounce their "grave public sin.":
I know that the Archbishop, Bishop Zubik, and I are in complete agreement with Archbishop Burke as he has articulated the principles in this particular issue. It could not be otherwise because the principles are derived from the "Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the participation of Catholics in Political Life," issued by the Holy See, and from other sources in Church doctrine and in Canon Law.

It is indeed the case that Catholics who are public office holders enjoy the blessing of only one conscience - they do not have one conscience for their private lives and one for their public responsibility, one for Church matters and another for State matters. That could not be more clear.The one conscience given to all of us seeks the truth that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, truth that He has chosen to speak forth through His Body the Church. It is through the Church that we receive the mind of Christ, and it is clearly not possible for a Catholic public office holder to leave the mind of Christ aside as he or she enters a Senate or House chamber or the office building whence they discharge their particular function in public life.

The mind of Christ, magnificent gift that it is, demands expression in every facet of the life of the one who is blessed to have the mind of Christ. The mind of Christ with regard to the sacredness of innocent human life, and therefore the evil of abortion or euthanasia, and of the promotion of either of these crimes against human dignity in the political sphere is perfectly clear. Archbishop Burke is on target as he spells out the principles of the Church's teaching, and his brother bishops stand with him in episcopal communion and collegiality. . . . [READ MORE]

Source: "Mind of Christ: Must not be set aside in public office", by Bishop Robert C. Morlino. Madison Catholic Herald January 20, 2004.

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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