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Uruguay’s bishops: pro-abortion legislators are automatically excommunicated

Catholic World News - October 23, 2012

The secretary of Uruguay’s episcopal conference says that lawmakers who recently voted to legalize abortion are automatically excommunicated.

“Automatic excommunication is for those who collaborate in the execution of an abortion in a direct way,” said Bishop Heriberto Bodeant Fernández of Melo. “If a Catholic votes...with the manifest intention that he thinks the Church is wrong about this, he separates himself from the communion of the Church.”

“Excommunication means you are not in communion with the ecclesial community to which you openly claim to belong by doing something that puts you outside communion, and therefore you cannot participate in the Eucharist,” he added.

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  • Posted by: cobol39218881 - Oct. 24, 2012 1:03 PM ET USA

    These are the kind of Bishops we need in the USA, ones with real backbone. Of course, this Bishop is correct, it is well known that one excommunicates themselves by believing and promoting beliefs that are in opposition to Gods word and the Catholic Church.

  • Posted by: filioque - Oct. 24, 2012 12:31 AM ET USA

    It's so simple. Either our bishops are not capable of navigating a simple syllogism or they don't really believe abortion is evil.

  • Posted by: d.buigas6355 - Oct. 23, 2012 9:22 PM ET USA

    Those who openly profess their Catholic faith must understand that defending the life of an unborn child is part of the social justice doctrine.

  • Posted by: Francis - Oct. 23, 2012 6:59 PM ET USA

    Meanwhile, in the U.S., Cardinal Dolan (head of the USCCB) referred to Joe Biden as a "Catholic" at the recent Alfred E. Smith dinner (and was not joking). During Pope Benedict XVI's visit to America in April 2008, many pro-abortion politicians openly received Holy Communion. These are our Apostolic shepherds?

  • Posted by: Jim.K - Oct. 23, 2012 6:57 PM ET USA

    What could be easier to understand than that?

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Oct. 23, 2012 6:37 PM ET USA


  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Oct. 23, 2012 9:33 AM ET USA

    Would that our own bishops' conference were so crystal clear!

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