Friday, May 9, 2008

Giving credit where it's due

I have long been frustrated with the Roman Catholic Church's lack of ecclesiastical discipline towards members who promote abortion. I think the RC Church has failed to use it's considerable influence by seeming to ignore the actions of various elected officials who claim to be Roman Catholic while promoting and advancing abortion in the U.S.

In light of the recent actions of local Archbishop Naumann, credit must be given for movement in the right direction in this crucial area as he has recently spoken publicly about our governor's need to refrain from communion. Frankly, she should be excommunicated, but this is a start.

Sebelius urged to refrain from Communion

The Associated Press
Published Friday, May 9, 2008 at 1:25 p.m. CDT

The Roman Catholic archbishop for northeast Kansas said today that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius should refrain from taking Communion until she publicly repudiates her support for abortion rights.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, also criticized her recent veto of a bill imposing new restrictions on abortion providers. He called upon the governor, who is Catholic, to take the “necessary steps for amendment of her life.”
Naumann said he wrote to Sebelius in August, asking her to refrain from Communion, but learned recently that she had participated in the sacrament. He said it prompted him to write her again, asking her to respect his request and “not require from me any additional pastoral actions.”

“The spiritually lethal message, communicated by our governor, as well as many other high-profile Catholics in public life, has been in effect: ‘The church’s teaching on abortion is optional!’” Naumann wrote in a column published today in The Leaven, the archdiocese’s newspaper.
The issue of Catholic politicians taking Communion arose again recently because of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent visit to the United States. In New York, Cardinal Edward Egan said former mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Guiliani had broken “an understanding” by accepting Communion at a papal Mass.

Naumann wrote: “I hope that my request of the governor, not to present herself for Holy Communion, will provoke her to reconsider the serious spiritual and moral consequences of her past and present actions.”

Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran said the governor hasn’t seen the archbishop’s column but, “Receiving Communion has not been a problem in the past for her.”
Sebelius has been a strong and consistent supporter of abortion rights throughout her political career, starting as a Kansas House member in 1987-94. In 2002, when she ran for her first term as governor, she sought to reassure anti-abortion voters by promising not to seek major changes in Kansas’ laws on abortion.

But she also has repeatedly vetoed legislation sought by anti-abortion groups and supported by the state’s Catholic leaders.

This year’s measure was partly a response to allegations that Dr. George Tiller has performed illegal late-term abortions at his Wichita clinic. Tiller, among the few U.S. physicians who perform such procedures, has said he follows state law.

Sebelius objected most strongly to provisions allowing a patient’s spouse or family members to go to court if they believed a doctor had performed or was about to perform an illegal late-term abortion. The patient herself also could sue, but so could a local prosecutor.
She argued that the bill would encourage litigation, jeopardize patients’ privacy and allow lawsuits to block a woman’s abortion “even where it may be necessary to save her life.”
Also under the measure, doctors using ultrasound or monitoring fetal heartbeats would have to make information from those sources available to a patient at least 30 minutes before an abortion. They would have to tell their patients whether their fetuses are viable and, if not, why.
The governor rejected the bill last month, and legislators failed to override her action. Naumann wrote that Sebelius’ action showed a lack of respect for legislators and Kansans who are embarrassed that their state “has become infamous for being the late-term abortion center for the Midwest.”
“Since becoming archbishop, I have met with Governor Sebelius several times over many months to discuss with her the grave spiritual and moral consequences of her public actions by which she has cooperated in the procurement of abortions performed in Kansas,” Naumann wrote.
Good for the archbishop.


Rick Calohan said...

While I agree with Rome in so much that abortion is murder and those members who are in the political arena who support abortion rights should be denied the Eucharist and or excommunicated, as a member of the Reform faith we should also point out what the Eucharist is.

According to the Westminster Confession

CHAP. XXIX. - Of the Lord's Supper

2. In this sacrament, Christ is not offered up to His Father; nor any real sacrifice made at all, for remission of sins of the quick or dead; but only a commemoration of that one offering up of Himself, by Himself, upon the cross, once for all: and a spiritual oblation of all possible praise unto God, for the same: so that the popish sacrifice of the mass (as they call it) is most abominably injurious to Christ's one, only sacrifice, the only propitiation for all the sins of His elect.
4. Private masses, or receiving this sacrament by a priest, or any other alone; as likewise, the denial of the cup to the people, worshipping the elements, the lifting them up, or carrying them about, for adoration, and the reserving them for any pretended religious use; are all contrary to the nature of this sacrament, and to the institution of Christ.

6. That doctrine which maintains a change of the substance of bread and wine, into the substance of Christ's body and blood (commonly called transubstantiation) by consecration of a priest, or by any other way, is repugnant, not to Scripture alone, but even to common sense, and reason; overthroweth the nature of the sacrament, and hath been, and is, the cause of manifold superstitions; yea, of gross idolatries.

Recently my cousin who is a former Catholic now Southern Baptist pointed out that there is to be a Eucharist Family Rosary event scheduled at Royals Stadium on May 25, 2008,

When he asked his friends “are these people committing idolatry? Is Christ present in the host so that you can worship the bread as God Himself?” Oh did the emails fly back and forth when we continued to point out to his friends that the Eucharist is a form of Idolatry and that if you faith and trust is not in Christ alone you are not saved.

"That damned Catholic 'and!'"
Scripture and reason, faith and works, Christ and Mary -- which always seems to add something to what the Bible says and what Christ has said.
Worship of any form that is not directed to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is IDOLOTRY! If you as a Catholic do not believe with 100% of what the Doctrines, and Dogmas of the Church are makes you an Anathema.

So in a way by forbidding or denying the Governess the Eucharist should we too realize the Catholic Irony that the Archbishop is actually forbidding her to commit idolatry?

Reepicheep said...

Rick,point taken, however, communion also has to do with being in right fellowship with the body of Christ, the Church. Excommunicating shows she is not in right fellowship with the Church if she will continue to promote infanticide.

Frontier Forest said...

Thanks be unto Jesus for the strong stand for life our Northeast Kansas, Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann took against our cowardly, baby killing Governor, Kathleen Sebelius. I know one day we all will stand before our Lord and will be held accountable for what we did to stop this merciless slaughter of our precious unborn.