STEVEN ERTELT MAY 26, 2016
The parish priest at a Catholic Church in Ireland has prohibited a pro-abortion politician from reading Scripture during Mass. St Colman’s Cathedral in Cork won’t let Ken Curtin read from the Bible during the service because he is a member of the Social Democrats, a party that supports abortion and repealing the 8th Amendment that provides legal protection for women and unborn children from abortion.
Fr John McCarthy told Curtin he would be dropped as a Mass reader because of his support for repealing the pro-life amendment.
“[Fr John] said that regardless of my own personal position, either way, as long as I was a member of a party that was a supporter of something against a core Church belief, I couldn’t be a lector at the same time,” said Mr Curtin, who unsuccessfully ran for the party in Cork East in the general election.
Now, the Catholic Church is standing behind the priest, as Curtin tweeted:
Last night he met for an hour and a half with Fr McCarthy along with the Bishop of Cloyne William Crean. Afterwards, he said he was disappointed that, despite a detailed conversation, his removal from the rota remained in place.
Twitter: Ken Curtin @kencurtin
I met with Bishop Crean & Fr. John this evening. Personally disappointed with outcome: lector list remains as is but dialogue will continue
2:11 PM – 25 May 2016
Plans were outlined for a “general dialogue” to continue between himself and the bishop.
The diocese stressed that dialogue will not see him returned to this rota — it was only just formed and will remain in place for the next year.
“This outcome, from a personal perspective, is very disappointing,” said Mr Curtin. “I believed at the time it was the wrong decision and I still believe that. My biggest fear is the precedent it sets.”
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The communion issue was exacerbated when, despite their pro-abortion views, Vice President Joe Biden and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi both received communion at the Mass to celebrate Pope Francis’ inauguration. Biden’s office confirmed to the Washington Times that he had received communion and reporters in the White House presidential reporting pool confirmed in an email to LifeNews that Pelosi had received it as well. Pope Francis did not administer the sacrament.
Father Frank Pavone told the LifeNews he opposed the two pro-abortion politicos receiving communion since their pro-abortion views are outside the teachings of the Catholic Church.
The Priests for Life leader said, “At a Mass during which our new Pope emphasized the duty public officials – and all the rest of us – have to protect the weakest among us, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have the audacity to receive Communion while publicly renouncing their responsibility to protect the weakest among us.”
“Some Church leaders mistakenly think we are advocating the use of the Eucharist as a ‘weapon.’ In fact, we are defending the Eucharist from being used as a political tool. These politicians have no respect for what the Eucharist means: an integral, consistent union with Christ and with all our brothers and sisters. To receive Christ while rejecting the unborn is a slap in the face to both,” he added.