Bishops of the US state of Colorado this week released an open letter to state legislators who voted in favor of including abortion in local legislation, urging these politicians to refrain from Communion.
In the document, released on Monday (6), it is recommended that these legislators “voluntarily abstain from receiving Holy Communion” until they publicly manifest “repentance”.
“The burden of your decision does not fall on the shoulders of priests, deacons or lay extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. It falls on the consciences and souls of the politicians who chose to support this evil and unjust law,” the bishops pointed out, referring to the so-called Reproductive Health Equity Act (RHEA), passed in the Colorado Legislature and signed. by Democratic Governor Jared Polis in April.
The article stipulates the “right” to abortion in the state, given the possibility that the US Supreme Court overturns the decision in Roe v. Wade, of 1973, which prevents US states from banning abortion before the so-called viability – minimum period of gestation for a fetus to survive outside the uterus, now estimated at about 24 weeks.
Last month, the leaked draft of a Supreme Court majority decision indicated that the court should overturn the case law of 49 years ago. Colorado is one of six US states where abortion is legal at all stages of pregnancy – the others are Alaska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont, plus the District of Columbia.
“Voting for RHEA represents participating in a gravely sinful action, because facilitates the killing of innocent unborn babies, and Catholic politicians who have done so have most likely placed themselves outside the communion of the Church,” adds the letter, signed by Samuel Aquila, Archbishop of Denver, Jorge Rodríguez, Auxiliary Bishop of Denver, Stephen Berg, Bishop of Pueblo, and James Golka, Bishop of Colorado Springs.
In late May, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone banned the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from United States, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, from communing in the archdiocese because she supports abortion.
However, two days later, Pelosi was seen communing in a church in the American capital, Washington. In the same week, she criticized the Catholic Church, claiming that it does not condemn the death penalty with the same emphasis with which it condemns abortion, and said that Cordileone is “vehemently against LGBTQ rights”.