August 7, 2019 | From Life News
A Catholic bishop in Washington state took a firm stance against giving communion to pro-abortion politicians and was backed up by another bishop from Texas, Bishop Joseph Strickland, who tweeted: “Thank you bishop Daly for standing strong. Our society needs to wake up to the reality that when unborn & completely innocent children are not safe from their own mothers, life has no value and the tragic violence we see is simply a consequence of our disregard for life.”
In a letter to the Diocese of Spokane, Bishop Thomas Daly said it is “scandalous” that supposedly Catholic politicians like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are supporting abortion on demand, KXLY News reports.
“Efforts to expand access to abortion, allowing murder of children up to the moment of birth is evil,” Daly said. “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.”
In January, Cuomo signed a law allowing unborn babies to be aborted for almost any reason up to birth in New York state. His actions were met with wide-spread condemnation and calls for his excommunication.
Though Daly did not mention excommunication in his letter, he said politicians who support aborting unborn babies should not receive communion.
“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,” he wrote.
“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,” the bishop continued.
Other bishops in California, Tennessee and Texas have made similar calls in the past few weeks. However, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan said he will not discipline Cuomo because the governor would not care if he did.
Daly concluded his letter by urging Catholics to pray for politicians like Cuomo who do not see the value of every human life. He asked people to pray for pregnant mothers and unborn babies as well.
(Excerpt from Life News.)