Colorado’s Catholic bishops released a letter Tuesday telling pro-abortion state lawmakers not to receive Communion unless they repent of their “mortal sin” against unborn babies.
The letter, published by the Catholic News Agency, was addressed to pro-abortion Democrat lawmakers who claim to be Catholic but voted in favor of the Reproductive Health Equity Act. This new law removes all legal protections for unborn babies in Colorado. Not a single Catholic Republican voted for the bill.
“Until public repentance occurs and sacramental absolution is received in Confession, we ask Catholic lawmakers living or worshiping in Colorado who voted for RHEA to voluntarily refrain from receiving Holy Communion,” the bishops said.
“We do not make this request lightly, but since we must protect the faith and care for the souls of all believers – including these politicians – we must do it,” they continued.
All four Colorado bishops signed the letter: the Archbishop of Denver, Samuel J. Aquila; the Bishop of Pueblo, Stephen J. Berg; the Bishop of Colorado Springs, James R. Golka; and the Auxiliary Bishop of Denver, Jorge H. Rodriguez.
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They said Coloradans were stunned to see politicians ignore the strong public outcry against pro-abortion legislation this spring.
The new law declares abortion a “fundamental right” under state law and denies all rights and legal protection to “fertilized eggs, embryos or fetuses” until birth. It also prohibits cities and towns from banning abortions through local ordinances, as others have done through the Sanctuary City for the Unborn movement.
As a result, killing an unborn baby in an abortion for any reason is legal until birth in Colorado, even for gender selection purposes.
The bishops regretted that some politicians who claim to be Catholic have voted for the law.
“As their pastors, we want to make sure they understand the Church’s teaching about receiving Holy Communion and the right spirituality to do so,” the bishops wrote. “Efforts have already been made to talk to several of these lawmakers, but unfortunately, very few have accepted the invitation to meet.”
By voting to allow the killing of unborn babies, the legislators sinned, and receiving Communion in a state of “mortal sin is sacrilegious” because it does not “show the reverence due to the holy Body and Blood of Christ.” ‘ continued the bishops.
They quoted a recent statement from the American Conference of Catholic Bishops on the importance of receiving Communion and repentance:
“To receive the body and blood of Christ while in a state of mortal sin represents a contradiction. The person who, by their act, has broken Communion with Christ and his Church, but receives the Blessed Sacrament, is acting incoherently and, at the same time, asking for Communion and rejecting it. So it is a counter-sign, a lie – it expresses a community that is, broken.”
The bishops also expressed concern that the actions of the politicians will mislead others into thinking that aborting an unborn baby is okay. They said pro-abortion Catholic politicians are creating “scandal” by encouraging the evil of abortion.
“…when other Catholics see public figures receiving Jesus in such a spiritual state, their resolve to be faithful to the gospel can be weakened,” they wrote. “A Catholic politician or public figure who directs or encourages others to do evil is a failure in respecting the souls of others and is what the Church defines as ‘scandal’.”
The bishops said they pray that pro-abortion lawmakers will change their minds.
Their letter comes about a week after San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she should not receive Communion until she repents her pro-abortion actions. Pelosi claims to be Catholic but consistently defies Church teachings on the sanctity of human life.
Many bishops and priests have expressed concern that pro-abortion Catholic politicians such as Pelosi and President Joe Biden are “causing scandal” for the Catholic Church by encouraging evil. They have said the Church must do something to clarify that Catholics cannot support the killing of unborn babies in abortions and must repent before taking Communion.