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Monday, May 23, 2011

A Bishop Says If You Don't Uphold Catholic Teaching Then You Can't Receive Eucharist

Unfortunately this isn't an American Bishop. In this case it is Maltese bishop Mario Grech who is laying down the law. & while the immediate issue is divorce, he is making it clear that a Catholic cannot pick & choose what teachings to accept or reject. In other words, a "cafeteria Catholic" is NOT a Catholic. The person is a wolf in sheep's clothing instead & is being decietful by claiming to be Catholic.

A few US Bishops have told certain politicians not to receive Communion. For example Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Fred Naumann asked that Kathleen Sebelius not receive Communion when she was governor. Additionally, in early March 2009, then Archbishop (now Cardinal) Raymond F. Burke prefect for the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's highest court, declared that Sebelius should not approach the altar for Communion in the United States. He also noted that, "after pastoral admonition, she obstinately persists in serious sin" In 2007 Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin instructed US Congressman Patrick Kennedy to refrain from Communion because of his pro-abortion political position.

Unfortunately some of the more notorius ones, like the late Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden & Nancy Pelosi weren't corrected. Not only was Pelosi not corrected, she basicly snubbed her Archbishop Niederauer who told her he wanted to meet with her. & since he let her get away with it, some of the blame lies with him as well.

Hopefully however, Bishop Grech is a sign of what lies ahead, even here in the USA.

No communion for those who reject Church teachings warns Malta bishop
by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

VALLETTA, Malta, May 20, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Maltese bishop Mario Grech is warning Catholics of “wolves in sheep’s clothing” who wish to introduce divorce to the island nation, and noting that those who reject the teachings of Christ cannot receive holy communion in the Catholic Church.
“Beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. And the wolf is now saying he is Catholic. This is a falsity, this is deceit,” Grech told the faithful in a sermon last Sunday.
“I am ready to dialogue with everyone but do not be false, do not lie. You cannot not be loyal to Christ and say you are a Christian or a Catholic. If you are not in communion with Christ’s teachings, you are not in communion with the Church and you cannot receive communion… we cannot pretend to be in communion with the Eucharist, so that everybody can understand me.”
Grech also warned that “to be politically correct and not tell things as they are will lead us to be sorry. There are the brigands among us who are utilizing every means possible to lead the flock astray. They are going after marriage and then other things will follow.”
However, the prelate also recognized that the failure of marriage was partially the fault of Catholics themselves, noting that “we should be more responsible in the way we administer the sacrament of marriage.”
The bishop, who presides over the diocese of Gozo, made his comments as Malta prepares for a nationwide referendum on the legalization of divorce. It is only one of two countries in the world, along with the Philippines, which continues to prohibit divorce. Malta, a nation of approximately 412,000 people, is 95% Catholic.
The referendum, which is scheduled to be held on May 28. Although the “yes” vote was winning in polls, its supporters have fallen in numbers in recent days and the vote is now too close to call.

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