Archbishop will not refuse communion to politicians who backed abortion bill

Catholic politicians who supported the legalisation of abortion will not be excommunicated or refused communion, the future Primate of all Ireland has indicated.

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence programme, Eamon Martin, presently coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, said he had never refused Communion to anyone, but reiterated the Church’s position that it is not possible to be a person of faith and actively promote abortion.

Archbishop Martin said every individual who voted in favour of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act – which allows terminations where there is a threat to the mother’s life – should question whether they had actively promoted the killing of the unborn.

However, he said he did not believe that “the altar rails are the place to be making a public statement,” on the issue.

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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One Response to Archbishop will not refuse communion to politicians who backed abortion bill

  1. ralphpaulcoelho says:

    He agrees that politicians who support abortion should not receive communion. He also affirms he will not court unnecessary publicity because “he did not believe that “the altar rails are the place to be making a public statement,” on the issue.” The argument is tricky but the person who receives communion while not in a state of grace asks for his own damnation. This is well established though we do not expect fire to come don and destroy the sinner. A Public dente on the issue of refusing Communion would be a scandal

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