Priest excommunicates those who voted for Barack Obama
But in South Carolina a Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that ‘they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama’.
Cranmer cannot wait for a priest or bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the UK to threaten to excommunicate those who vote Labour at the next general election. While Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has hinted at his displeasure with the present regime, he would not dare go so far as threatening excommunication.
Yet Labour has done more in the past decade to erode the Christian foundations of this nation than any monarch or prime minister in centuries. And all in the name of ‘equality’. Labour has become intolerant of and antithetical to some of the most fundamental Christian beliefs. It fails to protect the unborn child, it advocates experimentation on human embryos, it legislates for same-sex partnerships, forces Catholic adoption agencies to close, and tries to force faith schools to take students who do not adhere to that faith.
Labour shows itself to be consistently contending against the faith. Ergo, according to the reasoning of the Rev Jay Scott Newman, voting Labour may constitute a sin.
Pope Benedict XVI himself recently reiterated that Roman Catholics in politics must be ‘coherent’ with the faith they profess. He recommended that they act with moral rigour and work passionately for the common good.
In a democracy, all Catholics are involved in politics. And so Fr Jay Newman declares that those who voted for Barack Obama are effectively supporting his beliefs on abortion, and so they are complicit in murder and guilty of sin.
He writes: "Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exists 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."
And so they are excommunicated until such time as they have done penance for their sin.
This is clearly a matter upon which Rome is divided. While vice-president-elect Joe Biden has been excommunicated in some parishes, he finds a warm welcome in others. Doubtless the same is true of Nancy Pelosi. They believe what they want to believe, and misrepresent the teachings of their church with impunity.
The Rev Jay Scott Newman is a brave priest indeed, not merely for contending against the political zeitgeist, but also for confronting the majority of America’s Catholics, for, notwithstanding Barack Obama’s beliefs on abortion, he was supported by 54 per cent of them.