Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, DD, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas

Denying Holy Communion - A Case History, by Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, DD, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Archbishop John Donoghue of Atlanta, Georgia

Voters who cast a ballot for a candidate because of his pro-abortion stance are guilty of formal cooperation in the latter's evil political acts, an archbishop reminded his flock.

In a pastoral letter on conscientious voting dated last Thursday, Archbishop John Donoghue of Atlanta reminded the faithful of their duties as citizens.

"A few years ago," he wrote, "the Bishops of the United States wrote these words to our people, and they remain true: 'We encourage all citizens, particularly Catholics, to embrace their citizenship not merely as a duty and privilege, but as an opportunity meaningfully to participate in building the culture of life.'"

"The Church holds her members to acceptance, complete acceptance of her teaching on matters of faith and morals," Archbishop Donoghue said. . . . READ MORE

"Voters Cautioned About Favoring Pro-Abortion Candidates" Zenit.org. Sept. 21, 2004.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger - Diocese of Evansville, IA

Another Catholic bishop has lined up on the side of Vatican direction and stated that he would refuse communion to politicians who publicly deny their faith on abortion or homosexuality. Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger of Evansville Indiana said in a talk to the local Rotarians, that Catholic politicians who vocally support abortion rights or gay marriage are not in communion with Catholic teachings.

Gettelfinger said that though Catholic voters had the responsibility of voting in accordance with Catholic principles, reception of communion was up to the conscience of the individual. However, politicians or other public figures who publicly supported abortion, and criticized the teachings of the Church would be refused. The bishop added that no one in his diocese would be refused under those conditions. "I know of no one who would be so brash in this community. No one," he said in an interview with Philip Elliott, the Faith and Values Reporter at The Evansville Courier & Press.

He called on Catholic politicians to guard their integrity. "At the risk of losing your jobs, I insist that you be driven by personal integrity. ... Be true at the risk of defeat."

Source: Evansville Bishop Would Refuse Communion to Public Dissenters from Catholic Teachings. Sept. 15, 2004.

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