NEW YORK – Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco on Monday redoubled his position that Catholic public figures who support abortion rights should not receive Communion while at the same time pleading with them to change their minds.
Please stop the killing. This is killing innocent human lives, ”Cordileone said. Actuality Actuality on Monday. “He has a very prominent position in society. It can influence attitudes and practices in society. You are in a position to stop the killing. “
The comments come about a week after Cordileone published a pastoral letter on the issue, as the debate over Communion continues to grow since President Joe Biden, the country’s second Catholic president and a pro-abortion Democrat, took office. post.
Please acknowledge evil for what it is. Please change your mind and return to the fullness of your Catholic faith, ”he continued. “We await you with open arms to welcome you back.”
The pastoral letter, “Before forming you in the womb, I knew: a pastoral letter on the human dignity of the unborn, holy communion and Catholics in public life”, published on May 1, is also significant because the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, another Catholic Democratic supporter of abortion, resides in her archdiocese.
On Monday, he declined to comment on Pelosi, other than reiterating that according to canon law, the local bishop has the power to decide whether or not someone can receive the Eucharist.
However, Cordileone responded to Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, who has openly expressed that denying communion to Biden or other political leaders would be “very destructive.”
“I don’t see how depriving the president or other political leaders of the Eucharist based on their public policy stance can be interpreted in our society as anything other than the use of the Eucharist as a weapon,” McElroy said in February.
McElroy reiterated his stance last week, saying America magazine that “the Eucharist is being assembled and displayed as a tool in political warfare.”
Cordileone chided the idea that he is being political.
“This is not a political motive for me. I intentionally waited until after the election to release [the pastoral letter] so that it is not misinterpreted as a political move, ”Cordileone said. “You could also say that those who are against applying church discipline do so for political reasons.”
In his interview with Actuality Actuality, Cordileone also noted that the pastoral letter was the best way to address a very secularized culture in San Francisco and clarify “the key points about the dignity of Holy Communion and what the issue of abortion really is and the cooperation and special responsibility of Catholics in public life. “
“We have this kind of incognition now and Catholics don’t understand what it means to receive Communion,” Cordileone said. “Many Catholics have a more Protestant notion that it is more like communion at the table, but it means that the sacrifice of Christ was made present to us. We unite our sacrifice with Christ ”.
“So receiving Communion is that by which we profess that we believe what the church believes and we are living our lives accordingly,” he added.
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