Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Biden, Pelosi Take Communion in Rome, Pope Opposed

Vice President Joe Biden and House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi took communion at the papal installation Mass at the Vatican Tuesday despite Pope Francis I saying that politicians who do not follow Church teaching (for example, by not opposing abortion with all of their might) are not in communion with our Savior.

For background, read about Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's Pro-choice Stance and about her Catholic Opinion on Nuns and Abortion; also read how the Bishops Chasten VP Biden, a 'Practicing Catholic'

In 2010 the Vatican proclaimed: Liberal Catholic Candidates Must Repent Publicly

And remember the assurance from Pope Benedict XVI:
Public Opinion Won't Liberalize the Church

In addition, read just how much Pope Francis I Opposes What Too Many (Self-proclaimed Catholic) Politicians Favor

UPDATE 6/22/13: Rep. Nancy Pelosi is a Fraud, Catholic Leaders Say

UPDATE 4/2/14: Pelosi's own archbishop says apostate Catholics like her mustn't take communion

UPDATE 4/4/14: Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin's hometown bishop says he's not permitted to take communion

-- From "Despite abortion views, Biden, Pelosi receive Communion in Vatican Mass" by Dave Boyer, The Washington Times 3/19/13

The vice president’s office confirmed Tuesday night that both he and Mrs. Pelosi took Communion during the Mass at St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

“Vice President Biden and Nancy Pelosi should certainly not receive Communion, either at the papal installation or anywhere else. Communion means ‘union,’ and they are not in union with the church on the most fundamental moral issue of the right to life,” said the Rev. Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life, a U.S.-based Catholic anti-abortion organization.

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From "Biden, Pelosi Stir Controversy by Taking Communion" by Kenneth T. Walsh, U.S. News & World Report 3/20/13

Pope Francis, when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2007, opposed giving communion to politicians who supported abortion rights.

During a vice presidential debate last year, Biden said he personally accepted the church's teaching that life begins at conception and as a personal matter he opposes abortion. But he added that he would not impose his belief on others and believes every women should have the right to make that choice.

In a torrent of comments on the web, Catholics and others began a fiery debate on the issue and related themes.

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From "Biden, Pelosi take communion despite threatened backlash" by Donovan Slack, Politico 3/19/13

Pope Francis has said he is clearly against the practice, particularly by pro-choice politicians.

"We must adhere to ‘eucharistic coherence’, that is, be conscious that they cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act with deeds or words against the commandments, particularly when abortion, euthanasia, and other grave crimes against life and family are encouraged," he wrote in 2007. "This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals."

A spokeswoman for Biden declined to comment. A spokesman for Pelosi did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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From "Pro-abortion Biden and Pelosi receive communion, but not from Pope at inaugural Mass" by John-Henry Westen, 3/20/13

Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro, the head of the Rome office of Human Life International told LifeSiteNews that “While some Americans were perfectly entitled to received Communion, like Congressman Smith, as Cardinal Raymond Burke has said so eloquently, politicians who consider themselves Catholic but support abortion should absent themselves from Holy Communion.”

Vice President Biden was received in a short meeting by Pope Francis.  Monsignor Barreiro explained, “When you have diplomatic relations with a country you can’t refuse to receive them in a lineup, you can however refuse them Holy Communion.”

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Also read Bishops Warn Voting for Democrats is 'Grave Sin'