Pope Francis Urges Bishops to Practice “Eucharistic Coherence”

John-Henry Westen of LifeSiteNews notes that Pope Francis has recently urged Argentinian bishops to follow the Aparecida Document as “guidelines we need for this time in history”. The document, among other things, says:
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“…We should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated.  This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”

“Eucharistic coherence.” I like that phrase.

Some large outlets like Breitbart have picked up on this story so I continue to see it popping up on friends’ news feeds. The connection is not as strong as Breitbart and some folks wants to make it, but the story does reinforce something we all knew: the pope is Catholic when it comes to Communion and pro-abortion politicians.


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  • Pat Meiners

    thank you Jesus

  • Rodney Galles

    This is an issue upon which I think the church needs to issue the decrees of Excommunication for person or persons speaking out publicly, acting to assist or perform, or in any other way, including supporting Planned Parenthood, to further the acceptance of abortion. The Excommunication should be made public, and it might be useful to include interdict for public officials to isolate them from their unaware Catholic supporters.

  • elremg

    the Roman Catholic Church was the church established by Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago.. so it is the true Church. Its members are sinners, because erring is very human. Just think of Judas Escariot whom Jesus had handpicked himself as one of his 12. And Peter who denied him three times and yet was put as the Rock. The Church is holy and Jesus said that the gates of hell will never rule over It. The only establishment that has remained solid and united and standing and united for 2,000 years.

    So everyone should be part of the holy, catholic and apostolic church founded by Christ. Read your history.

  • Sheesh

    If only you were Catholic when it comes to loving your neighbor as yourself and acting with Christlike charity.

    • Slats

      Who are you talking to? Tom? If so, where has he failed to love his neighbor as himself and act with Christlike charity? Let’s see the citation. It certainly wasn’t in this article.

      The Catholic Church has taught from the very beginning that receiving Communion unworthily is spiritually toxic. It ladens the soul of the sinner with worse sin, and has a poisonous effect on the community as the Body of Christ as a whole. It isn’t Christlike to believe that sacramental Catholics who argue for the moral licitness of the heinous crime of abortion (a calling-the-sun-blue-and-the-sky-yellow project if there ever was one) and thus scandalize their less-wayward brethren should cause themselves and the community greater injury by receiving Communion if they are publicly unrepentant.

  • Linda Jones

    One cannot be Catholic and approve of abortion. If one professes to be so, politician or not, they are lying and thus cannot receive Jesus in the Eucharist. To do so is profaning our Lord.

  • SAA5of5

    Please, Lord, let it be a step toward a stronger connection.

    • http://Facebook Patricia Smith

      Finally, our pope has directed the priests to do what needed to be done to get the politicians to live their Catholic faith.



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