A Catholic priest just put Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi and every other Dem lawmaker who is catholic on notice by denying Holy Communion to a Dem lawmaker over abortion. A New Mexico state senator said he was denied receiving Holy Communion at his Catholic church over his support for a pro-abortion bill. Las Cruces State Senator Joseph Cervantes broke the bad news to Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi.
“I was denied communion last night by the Catholic bishop here in Las Cruces and based on my political office. My new parish priest has indicated he will do the same after the last was runoff. Please pray for church authorities as Catholicism transitions under Pope Francis,” Cervantes tweeted.
He issued a longer statement that said: “For the last 50 years I have actively participated in my parish church and the Las Cruces Catholic Diocese, including at times as its attorney, and for 20 of those years while also serving in elected political service.
“Since voting to eliminate an unconstitutional and never used New Mexico law, which would imprison women for abortion, some new clergy have decided I am unwelcome at their communion.
“While I ordinarily prefer to practice my faith privately with my family, I felt it necessary to address those who would politicize, and thereby belittle, the promises of the Eucharist.
“In making a public statement I in no way intended to judge or provoke more hate. My vote was not to advocate abortion but to reject the imprisonment of women as a solution to anything.
“I wanted to encourage values based on inclusivity, understanding, forgiveness, and compassion, which are the core of Christ’s teachings.
“Jesus set the table for our communion and shared bread and wine with all of his disciples without passing judgment on their fitness. I appreciate those in the clergy of my church who closely follow Christ’s example, and who do not belittle the Eucharist in politics.”
The director of communications for the Diocese of Las Cruces, Christopher Velasquez said:
“In terms of the diocese, we regret the decision of Sen. Cervantes to politicize this issue.
“Bishop Baldacchino did not receive a response from the senator.
“He Cervantes was contacted multiple times prior, letting him know that if he voted for Senate Bill 10, he should not present himself for Communion.”
“It did not happen on the spur of the moment,” Velasquez added.
I was denied communion last night by the Catholic bishop here in Las Cruces and based on my political office. My new parish priest has indicated he will do the same after the last was run off. Please pray for church authorities as Catholicism transitions under Pope Francis.— Sen. Joe Cervantes (@SenJoeCervantes) July 17, 2021