Thursday, November 13, 2008

There's One Priest Who Gets It

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."

The Rev. Jay Scott Newman said in a letter distributed Sunday to parishioners at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote.

"Our nation has chosen for its chief executive the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president," Newman wrote, referring to Obama by his full name, including his middle name of Hussein.

"Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exits constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ's Church and under the judgment of divine law. 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."

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"I don't understand anyone who would call themselves a Christian, let alone a Catholic, and could vote for someone who's a pro-abortion candidate," said Ted Kelly, 64, who volunteers his time as lector for the church. "You're talking about the murder of innocent
beings."

Actually I have to give credit where credit is due. I nearly feinted in the pews three weeks ago when the priest at the parish of my son's school said explicitly at Mass during the homily that Roman Catholics cannot support pro-abortion candidates like Barack Hussein Obama. That was the first time I have ever heard a Novus Ordo priest use the word abortion never mind clearly identify politicians who support it and insis that we not support them.

Pro-life homilies are the norm at the local Tridentine Mass religious order but it is nice to see the diocesian Novus Ordo priests getting with the program.

2 comments:

M. Alexander said...

Maybe things will have to get "so bad" that everyone- even the N.O. priests will get it. Why not?

I love Fr. Newman and I would nominate him for canonization but he would have to die first and we very much need him alive.

Go Fr. Newman- we're here behind you 100%!

Thomas Shawn said...

There's a priest in Modesto, CA who is raising a rucus, suggesting parishioners seek the sacrament of Holy Confession for their complicity with evil. Naturally, his Bishop is attempting to throwing him under the bus.

Catholicism is breaking out everywhere!