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DENVER, Colorado, April 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver is the latest prelate to denounce giving Communion to pro-abortion politicians and other dissident Catholics who persist in grave sin.
In an opinion piece published Wednesday in far-left, pro-LGBT Jesuit-run America magazine, Aquila called on Catholics to embrace “Eucharistic coherence” and to “take sin seriously.”
He pointed to the First Letter to the Corinthians, in which St. Paul warns that anyone partaking of the Eucharist “in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord.”
“These words about the church’s love for those who dare to approach the altar are words of care and mercy, given to us by the Holy Spirit, for protection and healing,” Aquila wrote.
“But they offer a sobering warning: We who profess the faith of the church must live as the church commands us because through his church Jesus Christ calls us to repentance, forgiveness and holiness. To approach the Eucharist otherwise is to condemn ourselves at the altar of the Lord,” the archbishop chastened.
“This is true for every Catholic, but it is particularly relevant regarding the false witness that many public officials sometimes maintain relative to the most fundamental truths of the human person,” Aquila added.
Church teaching holds that public officials who promote abortion commit grievous sin and cannot be admitted to the Eucharist. Aquila pointed to similar provisions in canon law banning those in objective states of mortal sin from being given Holy Communion.
“The Eucharist is a gift, not an entitlement, and the sanctity of that gift is only diminished by unworthy reception,” he said. “Because of the public scandal caused, this is especially true in the case of public officials who persistently govern in violation of the natural law, particularly the pre-eminent issues of abortion and euthanasia, the taking of innocent life, as well as other actions that fail to uphold the church’s teaching regarding the dignity of life.”
Earlier this year, Aquila was one of more than a dozen American prelates who publicly endorsed a letter by USSCB president José Gomez published on Inauguration Day criticizing Joe Biden’s dissident, radical stances on abortion and sexuality.
The head of the U.S. Bishops' Pro-Life office, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, is under attack for consistently calling out Joe Biden for the serious sin of publicly promoting abortion.
A petition has been launched against Archbishop Naumann because he continues to preach the truth that "Catholic" politicians who promote abortion are endangering their souls and causing grave scandal to the faithful.
We must now come to Archbishop Naumann's defense.
Please SIGN and SHARE WIDELY this petition which urges the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops not to demote or remove Archbishop Naumann from head of the Pro-Life Committee, but rather, to follow his lead in urging Joe Biden to repent of the terrible sin of promoting the murder the unborn human beings.
Archbishop Naumann has come under fire, from people who plainly know or care little about Catholic moral teaching, for stating the obvious in a recent interview with LifeSiteNews:
It is the responsibility of the Bishops of the United States to defend the most fundamental of all human rights, the right to life, and to protect the integrity of Catholic moral teaching. We cannot abdicate either of these responsibilities, even as we are eager to work with everyone to promote the common good...
We must continue to speak to President Biden, as well as all Catholics, and even all Americans, about the truth of what abortion is. Abortion is not something to be celebrated, and it is not healthcare. It is the intentional killing of a child. To participate in abortion or to promote abortion is a grave evil.
And, in an even more pointed statement made in an interview with Catholic World Report, Archbishop Naumann defended the Holy Eucharist against Biden's attack on human life, suggesting that Biden should not present himself for Holy Communion:
When Catholics receive the Eucharist, they are acknowledging the Real Presence of Jesus, and also belief in the teachings of the Church. President Biden doesn’t believe in the Church’s teachings on the Sanctity of Human Life, and he should not put the priest in the situation where he has to decide whether or not to allow him to receive the Eucharist. He should know that after 78 years as a Catholic.
But, again, by calling out Joe Biden for his public promotion of abortion, Archbishop Naumann is not doing anything out-of-the-ordinary.
He is only saying what the bishops should have all been saying, with a unified voice, since Biden won the nomination during the election campaign.
Indeed, in an open letter published on inauguration day, Archbishop José Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), warned that Biden’s pledge to pursue anti-life and anti-family policies would advance “moral evils” in the areas of “abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender."
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops not to demote or replace Archbishop Naumann as head of the Pro-Life Committee, but rather, to follow his lead in urging Joe Biden to repent of the horrific sin of promoting the murder of the preborn.
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“So, I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender,” Gomez wrote, reaffirming that abortion, in particular, is the “preeminent priority” of the U.S. bishops.
Since Biden took office just three months ago, his regime has mandated taxpayer funding for transgender surgeries, authorized the disbursing of abortion pills by mail, and backed graphic, pro-LGBT sexual education for children.
After the White House restored billions of dollars of federal abortion spending in January, Aquila retweeted a statement from the USSCB blasting the move as “antithetical to reason” and “incompatible with Catholic teaching.”
“We and our brother bishops strongly oppose this action,” Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chairman of the USCCB’s pro-life committee, and Bishop David Malloy, chairman of the international justice and peace committee, said.
Naumann slammed Biden the following month in an interview with Catholic World Report, saying Biden “should stop defining himself as a devout Catholic” and should “not to present himself for Holy Communion.”
“When Catholics receive the Eucharist, they are acknowledging the Real Presence of Jesus, and also belief in the teachings of the Church,” Naumann said. “President Biden doesn’t believe in the Church’s teachings on the Sanctity of Human Life, and he should not put the priest in the situation where he has to decide whether or not to allow him to receive the Eucharist.”
Cardinal Raymond Burke, former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, went even further last week, declaring in a statement that pro-abortion politicians suffer automatic excommunication.
Biden continues to attend Mass and receive Communion in the Archdiocese of Washington with explicit approval from scandal-plagued, highly problematic Cardinal Wilton Gregory.
“While it is likely that many — too many — receive the Eucharist in a state that is objectively separated from God, there is an added obligation on public officials who openly and persistently live in a state of grave sin,” Aquila stressed in his op-ed on Wednesday.
“Their example leads others into sin and compounds the risk of condemnation that may come their way when they stand before God. If the church truly loves them, as she does, then it is more than appropriate to call them back to an intimate relationship with each person of the Trinity through repentance before receiving the body and blood of Jesus in a way that endangers their eternal salvation,” he said.
“Church law and love are not mutually exclusive,” he added.
Aquila also chastised his fellow bishops and warned them of “the condemnation that falls on us if we fail to love those who do not want to hear the truths of our faith.”
“I am afraid that many baptized Catholics do not take the Eucharist seriously because they do not take sin seriously, and this is largely the fault of bad catechesis overseen by me and my brother bishops for far too long,” he said. “Today, we often hear of the primacy of conscience in a person’s decision around the Eucharist,” he continued, likely referring to positions taken by Pope Francis, as in his error-filled Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and other dissident prelates.
“Yet, conscience does not excuse any decision simply because a person makes a personal judgment about good and evil. There is a prior obligation that the conscience be properly formed, so that good and evil can be properly discerned. A well-formed conscience submits the person’s heart, will and mind to the will of our loving Father,” Aquila said.
“Trading ‘civility’ and ‘engagement’ for eternal life is not a good trade, and it is especially negligent for me, as a bishop, to remain quiet when people I am called to love may be endangering their eternal souls,” the archbishop warned. “What fills our churches is not a soft-pedaling of the Gospel but deep, authentic belief in Jesus rooted in our personal love for him as our Lord and savior.”