Bishop of Spokane says pro-choice politicians should not be allowed to receive communion

Bishop of Spokane says pro-choice politicians should not be allowed to receive communion

The leader of Spokane’s catholic church is speaking out against recent policy changes which expand access to abortion.

Bishop Thomas Daly sent a letter to the Diocese of Spokane Friday, in which he reacts to a law recently passed in New York. The Reproductive Health Act, signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 22, allows abortions after the 24th week of pregnancy if there is “an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.”

In the letter, Daly calls the new law ‘evil,’ and condemns Cuomo for supporting it despite his previously publicized Catholic faith. Daly calls Cuomo’s actions ‘unacceptable.’

Daly goes on to say any Catholic politicians who support access to abortion are “scandalous,” and should not be allowed to receive communion unless they are “reconciled to Christ and the Church.” An excerpt of the letter reads:

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.

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.

Daly is not the only Catholic leader denouncing politicians who support pro-choice legislation. An auxiliary bishop in Phoenix tweeted that Catholic bishops should excommunicate such politicians.

The Bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee has said he would excommunicate Cuomo, or “any Catholic legislator under my jurisdiction who voted for the bill,” if given the chance.

Christian evangelist Franklin Graham has also called on the Archbishop of New York to “take a stand” against Cuomo’s actions.

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