The Vatican has sent a letter to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (UCCB) regarding some of their party’s push to deny communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians and the message couldn’t be clearer: don’t you dare do it.
The letter, sent by the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Luis F. Ladaria, to the President of the UCCB, comes in response to a plan they were drafting that would withhold the eucharist from Democrat Catholic politicians who were supporting legislation entrenching abortion, euthanasia, and LGBTQ policies.
In the letter, Ladaria referenced an earlier missive where they advised the bishops planning this a few years ago, “…that dialogue among the bishops be undertaken to preserve the unity of the episcopal conference in the face of disagreements over this controversial topic,” and that if they do go ahead with it, “such a policy, given its possibly contentious nature, could have the opposite effect and become a source of discord rather than unity within the episcopate and the larger church in the United States.” In short, they don’t want this done because they’re worried it will cause division and therefore they willingly content themselves with unity over lies, rather than disunity over truth.
Because they believe holding Catholics responsible for openly repudiating major foundational Catholic doctrines will cause a disturbance and break unity, they advise the bishops to talk amongst themselves to hash it out to see if they can come up with a plan and then talk with the pro-abortion Nancy Pelosi’s of the world to see if they really understand Catholic teaching on the matter.
If these two conditions are met, only then will the Vatican “face the difficult task of discerning the best way forward for the church in the United States to witness to the grave moral responsibility of Catholic public officials to protect human life at all stages.”
Like an emasculating kick to the groin, however, the Vatican notes that even if a consensus of the bishops is achieved and they come up with a national plan to determine if willingly disobedient Catholics may be denied communion, they say that the plan could only be a “recommendation” and that a “prerequisite that any provision of the conference in this area would respect the rights of individual ordinaries in their dioceses and the prerogatives of the Holy See.”
Translation: If some diocese chooses to give communion to them anyway and not follow the plan on account of having their own “house rules” and standards for communion that they can adhere to or not, then they must have the freedom to do that.
What a bunch of cowards.
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