When it comes to the debate over pro-abortion Catholic politicians receiving communion, one Catholic bishop says if they can’t even vote against a bill to stop infanticide, there’s nothing to talk about.
The comments from Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles Robert Barron come at a time when the nation’s bishops have just voted on a plan to create a new document related to communion in public life that could be used to rebuke Joe Biden and other pro-abortion Catholic politicians who flout the Church’s pro-life teachings.
The document could be written in a way to encourage pro-abortion Catholic politicians to dialog with local church leaders about the Catholic pro-life position. But Bishop Barron says if the politicians can’t even support a bill against infanticide, that would be fruitless.
In a commentary published Monday in The New York Post, Bishop Barron asks, “What precisely is there to dialogue about?”:
Banning third-trimester abortions?
Restricting partial-birth abortions (procedure by which a pair of scissors is inserted into the brain of a baby already in the birth canal)?
“We are told that we must pursue dialogue with those who disagree with the divine and natural law on the issue of abortion,” Barron writes.
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“So may I offer a challenge to pro-abortion-rights Catholic politicians and may I be very specific? If you’re truly interested in dialoguing with the church on this crucial matter, show a little profile in courage and support born-alive legislation. If you can take this small step in the direction of protecting innocent life, I’ll know you’re serious about the conversation.”
That will be a difficult hurdle considering Democrats blocked a bill in February in the Senate provide medical care and treatment to babies who survive abortion.