Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | November 16, 2008

Punishment for teaching the Truth = ridicule by your superiors.

h/t to cavey
my comments in RED
Priest’s remarks on Obama voters said not to reflect church teaching

By Dennis Sadowski
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The administrator of the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., said a pastor who told his parishioners they should refrain from receiving holy Communion if they voted for President-elect Barack Obama did not “adequately reflect the Catholic Church’s teaching” on abortion and conscience (oh, wait, you mean the conscience that should be informed on Catholic teaching, that one right? Well last time I checked it was a mortal sin to knowingly cooperate in a grave evil, i don’t think that’s changed by any means. So that’d mean that you USCCB are teaching heresy…but eh, you have no authority anyway).

“Any statements or comments to the contrary are repudiated,” Msgr. Martin T. Laughlin said in a Nov. 14 statement (way to throw your priest under the bus, one of the bigger ones at that. OLA said it’d be hard, she wasn’t kidding…Not to change the subject for a min, but this is another reason why vocations are short…Bishops’ not supporting their priests when they DO THE RIGHT THING).

Father Jay Scott Newman of St. Mary’s Church in Greenville, S.C., said in a letter to his parishioners that Catholics who voted for Obama, who supports legalized abortion (without any limits whatsoever, make that infanticide), would have to be reconciled with God through the sacrament of penance (that’s right, penance, not reconcilation, penance) before faithfully receiving Communion again. The letter was published on the front page of the parish bulletin Nov. 8-9.

Msgr. Laughlin said that Father Newman’s comments “diverted the church’s clear teaching on abortion” by pulling it into the “partisan political arena.” (No, no, no, It doesn’t matter which party you’re from, if you vote for that candidate when there is clearly a better pro-life candidate out there, you’re cooperating in the evil of abortion, via consent (read my post on the 9 ways you can participate in someone’s sin for more detail))

Quoting the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Msgr. Laughlin said that Christ gives everyone “the freedom to explore our own conscience and to make our own decisions while adhering to the law of God and the teachings of the faith (yes, let me emphasize the last part ADHERING TO THE LAW OF GOD AND THE TEACHINGS OF THE FAITH…That’s misusing the Catechism. The conscience that you develop should be in line with the LAW OF GOD and the TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH…One of them is NOT to cooperate in a grave evil when there is clearly a better choice out there).”

“Therefore, if a person has formed his or her conscience well, he or she should not be denied Communion, nor be told to go to confession before receiving Communion,” he said. (Well, here’s the problem, it’s not well formed if you came to the conclusion to vote for Obama the most radical pro-abort EVER. One of the issues with mortal sins is number and kind. 50 million, NOTHING matches 50 million slaughtered babies)

The diocesan administrator also urged Catholics throughout South Carolina to unite to support Obama and other elected officials “with a view to influencing policy in favor of the protection of the unborn child.” He invited people to pray for the new president and his administration as they take office Jan. 20. (Yes, we must pray for his conversion to the pro-Life side, but this doesn’t mean that we need to sit there and take it, we have to be active, Fr Newman is doing exactly that)

In his letter, Father Newman said members of his parish who voted for Obama had placed themselves “outside of the full communion of Christ’s church and under the judgment of divine law.” (you mean Divine Law…and it’s correct)

“Persons in this condition should not receive holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the sacrament of penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation,” he wrote. (correct)

The priest called Obama “the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president.” (can’t argue with that)

Father Newman’s letter also reminded parishioners to pray for the president-elect and “to cooperate with him whenever conscience does not bind us otherwise.”

“Let us hope and pray that the responsibilities of the presidency and the grace of God will awaken in the conscience of this extraordinarily gifted man an awareness that the unholy slaughter of children in this nation is the greatest threat to the peace and security of the United States and constitutes a clear and present danger to the common good,” Father Newman wrote. (good priest)

Calls made to Father Newman Nov. 14 were not returned.

END

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