After Pelosi and Biden Flubs, Catholic Bishops to Address Abortion at Mtg
by Steven Ertelt
September 10, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — After pro-abortion politicians Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden misrepresented or deviated from Catholic teaching on abortion and the beginning of human life, the nation’s Catholic bishops say they must address the subject. They plan to tackle the problem of deviant Catholic pols at their November meeting.
The meeting has already been scheduled for after the elections, but the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops says the full body of U.S. bishops will discuss the problems.
They will address "the practical and pastoral implications of political support for abortion" during their annual assembly, November 10-13, in Baltimore, the USCCB told LifeNews.com Wednesday.
At the conclusion of its September 9-10 meeting in Washington, the committee, which is the highest authority of the USCCB outside the conferences plenary assemblies in November and June, initially signaled their concerns.
In a statement released today, the USCCB said the nation’s bishops affirm the comments from Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Bishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, correcting Biden and Pelosi.
"In light of recent comments by Catholic politicians misrepresenting Catholic teaching," more discussion is needed, they said.
"We confirm the Catholic Church’s constant teaching about the sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception and the intrinsic evil of abortion," they said.
"As the teachers of the faith, we also point out the connectedness between the evil of abortion and political support for abortion," they continued. "We plan to discuss the practical and pastoral implications of these serious matters at the [meeting]."
The meeting will likely address the issue of pro-abortion politicians receiving communion.
That’s because the USCCB provided LifeNews.com with copies of two documents that set forth the teaching and practice of the Catholic.
Along with the Catechism of the Catholic Church (which puts forward the pro-life teachings) and Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (which indicates pro-life issues are the paramount political concern) the group forwarded the official Catholic document on the communion sacrament.
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