New Mexico Democrat Says Bishop Denied Communion for ‘Political Office’

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Marie Marguerite Olohan

A Democrat in New Mexico announced Saturday that his bishop had refused him Communion, amid a debate between Catholics and public figures over the reception of the Holy Eucharist by pro-abortion politicians.

“The Catholic bishop refused me Communion last night here in Las Cruces and on the basis of my political office,” New Mexico Democratic State Senator Joe Cervantes tweeted Saturday. “My new pastor indicated he would do the same after the last discharge.”

“Please pray for the ecclesiastical authorities as Catholicism evolves under Pope Francis,” he added.

Cervantes appears to be referring to the Bishop of Las Cruces, Peter Baldacchino, who did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The state senator did not elaborate on why the bishop would have denied him Communion, but his announcement comes amid a discussion over whether the bishops will deny President Joe Biden Communion because of his abortion policy.

Cervantes himself is pro-abortion and has said he “fully” supports the “choice”.

“There should not be laws prohibiting private decisions regarding pregnancy,” he said, according to the Albuquerque Journal, in response to a question of whether he supported the repeal of a dormant state law prohibiting abortion except in limited circumstances.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) overwhelmingly approved a measure in June to draft a statement discussing whether high-level pro-abortion politicians can be denied communion.

The president spoke of his Catholicism throughout his political career, referring to his faith as a source of solace during turbulent times in his life. Biden has many outward signs of his Catholicism: he goes to mass frequently, has met Pope Francis, mentions the rosary prayer, and visits the cemetery where his family members are buried.

Yet, as soon as he became president, Biden immediately took steps to fund and promote abortion – which the Catholic Church condemns as a “crime against human life.”

Biden’s public positions on abortion previously prompted a priest to deny him Holy Communion during a mass in 2019.

“Unfortunately, last Sunday I had to deny Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Father Robert E. Morey told The Morning News. “Holy Communion means that we are one with God, with one another and with the Church. Our actions should reflect this. Any public figure who advocates abortion places himself outside the teaching of the Church. “

The former vice president later declined to discuss the incident, saying “It’s my personal life.”

The Catholic Church teaches that Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion if they are “aware of a serious sin”. Catholics who have committed serious sins must make a good confession before they can receive it, according to the church.

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