Bishop: If Catholic Politicians Can’t Even Oppose Infanticide, No Reason to Talk About Communion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 30, 2021   |   3:39PM   |   Washington, DC

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)?

Born-alive legislation?

“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.