Bishop Daly’s Letter Bars Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians From Receiving Communion Dear Friends,Each January as the nation commemorates the sad anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, marches are held, and vigils are prayed. Those committed to the cause of human rights of the unborn make their voices heard. This year, pro-abortion politicians fearing increased restrictions on abortion have advocated for and passed laws expanding access to abortion in the state of New York. Similar attempts have been made in Virginia.Efforts to expand access to abortion, allowing murder of children up to the moment of birth is evil. Children are a gift from God, no matter the circumstances of their conception. They not only have a right to life, but we as a society have a moral obligation to protect them from harm.The champion of this abortion legislation is Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic and governor of New York. Governor Cuomo frequently cites his Catholic faith in support of legislation he favors. His public witness as a Catholic politician, coupled with his stalwart support of abortion, is unacceptable.Politicians who reside in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, and who obstinately persevere in their public support for abortion, should not receive Communion without first being reconciled to Christ and the Church (cf. Canon 915; “Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion. General
Principles.” Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 2004).The Church’s commitment to the life of every human person from conception until death is firm. God alone is the author of life and for the civil government to sanction the willful murder of children is unacceptable. For a Catholic political leader to do so is scandalous.I encourage the faithful to turn to our Lord in prayer for our political leaders, entrusting them especially to the intercession of St. Thomas More, a public servant who preferred to die at the hands of civil authorities rather than abandon Christ and the Church. Let us also keep the unborn,
as well as all pregnant mothers, in our prayers.Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us. Live, Jesus, in our hearts forever.In Christ,Most Reverend Thomas A. Daly
Bishop of Spokane

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  1. Gavan Podbury says:

    Mary ann Kreitzer – thank you for your response.
    Please note that my comments relate to persons who genuinely believe in the Eucharist Real Presence – the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ – which of course can include persons who are non-Catholic.
    Do you agree that non-Catholics can believe in the Real Presence? Do you believe in the research that a significant number of Catholics actually do not believe in transubstantiation at all (including some priests, bishops and cardinals)?
    Over many years I formed the view that the Catholic Church does not ‘own’ communion.
    There is no ‘copyright’ on Communion. I cannot locate anywhere Jesus saying that you have to be a member of the Catholic Church to believe in the Eucharistic Real Presence. In fact the Pope said that there is no such thing as a ‘Catholic God’ there is just God.
    As for not being able to receive communion whilst in mortal sin – what are we to say to the incredible number of Catholics, who research shows, practice contraception which is said to be a mortal sin or the (apparently) many mortal-sin Sodomite Catholic Priests, Bishops & Cardinals who actually consecrate the hosts in the first place?
    Regards – Gavan

  2. Sheepdog says:

    Excellent article!!!!!! I shared this on my Twitter page.

  3. Mary Anne says:

    Wonderful! Thank you, Bishop Daly. Hi Gavan, We can’t receive Communion unless we are in the state of grace. If mortal sin is on our soul, we must go to Confession before receiving Communion. The abortionists and politicians should know that, if they are Catholics. If they receive anyway, they commit another mortal sin of sacrilege.

  4. Mary Ann Kreitzer says:

    Actually, Your Excellency, he didn’t “ban” the politicians. He said THEY should refrain from receiving. How about a sentence following that saying. “To prevent sacrilege to our Blessed Lord, priests and extraordinary ministers in the diocese must withhold the Eucharist from (name names and include photos). I’m glad when bishops “talk” about pro-abortion politicians not receiving. I will rejoice when they put teeth to their words. When bishops begin doing that, I will shout their praises from the housetops.

  5. Gavan Podbury says:

    I hate Abortion but I believe that the Church does not have the right to deny communion to any who believes in the Real Presence. We are all sinners. Communion is for sinners. Jesus excluded no-one from the Last Supper. Even Judas who Jesus knew would betray him was included in the Eucharist.

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