A New Mexico state senator stated he was denied receiving Holy Communion at his Catholic church attributable to his help for a pro-abortion bill.
“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,” Las Cruces state Sen. Joe Cervantes tweeted on Saturday.
He defined on Monday that he was denied receiving communion attributable to him voting in favor of a pro-abortion bill that was signed into regulation and repealed a 1969 state regulation criminalizing abortions.
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“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,” he stated in an announcement Monday.
“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.”
Cervantes, who has been serving as a Democratic New Mexico senator since 2013, argued he didn’t vote in favor of the bill to “advocate abortion,” however “to reject the imprisonment of women as a solution to anything.”
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“I wanted to encourage values based on inclusivity, understanding, forgiveness and compassion, which are the core of Christ’s teachings,” he continued in his assertion.
The director of communications for the Diocese of Las Cruces, Christopher Velasquez, advised the Catholic News Agency that a number of church officers, together with the bishop, had tried to contact him about his help for the bill forward of him being denied communion.
“Bishop Baldacchino did not receive a response from the senator,” Velasquez stated, including, “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 stated of the communion denial.
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The denial of communion to Cervantes comes after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted final month to draft a doc on the that means of Eucharist, which is predicted to incorporate a piece on Catholic politicians who disobey the church’s teachings that abortion is a grave sin.
The church’s renewed dialogue on the matter comes amid a debate on whether or not Catholic Democrats, akin to President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, ought to be allowed to obtain communion regardless of votes in favor of pro-abortion insurance policies.
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Biden was requested concerning the Bishops’ vote final month and whether or not he thought he could be finally denied communion.
“That’s a private matter and I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he stated on the time.