Catholic Cardinal: Pro-Abortion Politicians “May Not Present Themselves to Receive Holy Communion”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 9, 2019   |   9:11PM   |   Washington, DC

Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke warned pro-abortion Catholic politicians Thursday not to show up for Holy Communion because they are not following Christ.

In an interview with Fox News, Burke said he is not trying to punish pro-abortion politicians; he is trying to help them by urging them to repent.

“They may not present themselves to receive Holy Communion, because they’re not in communion with Christ,” he said, according to the Church Militant.

“It’s not a punishment,” Burke insisted. “It’s actually a favor to these people to tell them, ‘Don’t approach.’ Because if they approach, they commit sacrilege.”

Prominent politicians like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden both claim to be devout Catholics, but both of them support abortions up to birth. They also think taxpayers should be forced to pay for them.

Burke said these so-called Catholic politicians have made Americans confused about the Catholic Church’s values.

“I’ve had non-Catholic leaders of government in this nation tell me that they were certain that the Catholic teaching on abortion, and the so-called same-sex marriages, and so forth, had changed, because so many Catholics on Capitol Hill are regularly supporting this kind of legislation. And that’s a scandal,” he said.

The Catholic Church teaches that every human life is valuable from the moment of conception to natural death, and abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia are grave moral evils.

Burke also called out U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris for discriminating against Catholics. She currently is running for president on a radical pro-abortion platform.

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Last year, Harris slammed federal judicial appointee Brian Buescher for being involved in the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal service organization of the Catholic Church that supports pro-life pregnancy centers and other nonprofits.

Harris and U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono described the organization as “extreme” because it is pro-life, and suggested that Buescher should resign if he wants to be a federal judge.

Burke said Harris’s remarks were “completely unacceptable,” and she should apologize.

“I mean, I think if you’re an everyday citizen, whether you’re a Catholic or not, you need to look at that kind of statement for what it is and say, ‘This isn’t a person who I want to be the leader of my nation,'” he said.