Thursday, September 4, 2008

Scranton, PA Bishop Will Deny Biden Eucharist

In an interesting statement, Bishop Joseph F. Martino of the Diocese of Scranton, PA has said he will deny the Eucharist to pro-abortion Catholic, and Democratic VP nominee, Joe Biden if he attends Mass there.

Bishop Martino is not the bishop of Biden’s home diocese, but the chances of Biden being in the Scranton diocese are very good considering Pennsylvania is a key battleground state this election.

Bishop Martino said in a statement:


"No Catholic politician who supports the culture of death should approach Holy
Communion,"

"I will be truly vigilant on this point."


Pressure is mounting on those “Catholic” politicians who use their vote to forward the cause of abortion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statements on Meet the Press last Sunday kicked off a firestorm of criticism and has prompted ten bishops as of this morning to condemn the practice of using a political office to advance abortion, or other life-ending practices, while parading around as a practicing Catholic.

While rhetoric has its place and is a good first step; I am personally very happy to see Bishop Martino take the next bold step of denying the Holy Eucharist to such individuals. This sends a clear message that the Church does not in any way agree with, or support, their policies.

More important, this is in keeping with canon law and is for the benefit of the politician’s soul. As Paul said in 1 Corithians 11:29, “anyone who eats and drinks the body and blood of our Lord unworthily eats and drinks their own condemnation.”

Withholding the Eucharist isn’t just a power play to bully out-of-line politicians into submission. It’s the responsibility of each bishop for the sake of all the faithful; and a real act of mercy toward the one being denied.

To respectfully contact Bishop Martino about this statement:

Diocese of Scranton300 Wyoming Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503

Main Chancery Number: 570-207-2238

Fax Number: 570-207-2236

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