New Mexico State Senator Joseph Cervantes, Democrat, recently communion was denied by a bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces for his vote to protect access to abortion in the state.
Cervantes later said that he will not be “intimidated” by his votes in favor of abortion.
He said: “I will have no problem finding a place to receive Communion. In fact, I hope one day to receive Communion in the same parish where President Biden does. “
The diocese of Las Cruces confirmed that Bishop Peter Baldaccino denied Cervantes communion at a recent mass.
His pastor implored him to fulfill his faith on the abortion vote before it was lowered: “In a personal letter to Senator Cervantes, his pastor warned him that a vote in favor of this particular Senate bill would constitute a grave moral evil and that he should not appear for Communion, ”the diocese said in a statement.
Cervantes did not.
New Mexico Democratic State Senator Joseph Cervantes said Monday that his local Catholic priest denied him Communion because of his politics.
Cervantes voted to repeal a state law that prohibits abortion in most circumstances. https://t.co/o0Xm1T9gOY
– NCR (@NCRonline) July 20, 2021
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A growing division within the church
“Catholic pro-abortion” politicians have faced increasing scrutiny in recent years.
The most notable of whom are the House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden. Pelosi has been attacked by various local church officials in her home state of California.
The most recent uprising took place when Pelosi referred to herself as a “devout Catholic” while advocating for taxpayer-funded abortions.
She stated: “It is a health problem for many women in the United States, especially those in low-income situations and in different states, and it is something that has been a priority for many of us for a long time.”
The Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone was blunt in his rebuke to Pelosi.
“Let me repeat. No one can claim to be a devout Catholic and condone the killing of innocent human lives, much less have the government pay for it. The right to life is a fundamental human right, the most fundamental, and Catholics are not opposed to fundamental human rights. “
Cordileone also said she has had “conversations” with Pelosi about abstaining from communion as a Catholic abortionist.
The Roman Catholic bishops of the United States vote overwhelmingly to draft a guide on the sacrament of the Eucharist, promoting a push by conservative bishops to deny Biden communion because of his support for abortion rights.@elizabethjdias https://t.co/6cRgMPQc6L
– Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) June 18, 2021
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Guidelines for Denial of Communion Drafted
At its annual conference in June, the question of how to handle the communion of pro-abortion Catholic politicians was on the agenda of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In short, the bishops voted by a 73% margin to write criteria in which Catholic politicians could be denied communion. However, Pope Francis and some of his allies within the Bishops’ Conference have raised objections.
Cardinal Luis Ladaria, a Vatican official, thought caution should be exercised during any such debate, citing concerns that it causes “discord” among bishops. The Bishop of San Diego, Robert McElvoy, fears that this politically divides Catholics and “constitutes a weapon” in the Eucharist.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, however, not only agreed to deny communion to pro-abortion politicians, but thought that the church should label politicians who support views that are antithetical to the teaching of the Church as apostates. church, and the sacraments should be denied them entirely.
– DesertReporter (@DesertReporter) July 23, 2021
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The controversy does not go away
While some bishops are willing to be defiant of the Vatican despite warnings, the bishops also clarified at their meeting that no national policy on Catholic politicians and communion would be launched.
And what may be a microcosm of the Catholic community as a whole can be seen only in New Mexico. While he denies communion in the diocese of Las Cruces, in Santa Fe, the largest diocese, he says he will not prevent elected officials from receiving communion.
Andrew Chesnut, President of Bishop Walter F. Sullivan in Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University says that “the case of New Mexico shows that the conservative bishops of the United States have been emboldened by the vote of the conference and we could see more cases like this “.
The @USCCB At a press conference yesterday, he pushed things back, insisting that they are not proposing a national policy and that the document is not directed at Biden. But it could still provide “guidance” on pro-abortion Catholic politicians receiving Communion.
– Rewire News Group (@RewireNewsGroup) June 17, 2021
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