Saturday, February 28, 2009
Bishop Martino Strongly Counsels Sen. Casey Once Again!
By Kathleen Gilbert
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, February 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com)
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"It is a matter of deep concern that your recent vote against the Mexico City Policy is continually misrepresented by your staff as a pro-life vote intended to promote 'contraception and other family planning that avoid unintended pregnancies,'" said the Bishop in a an open letter to the senator dated February 26.
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"Contrary to the claims of your staff, the absence of 'Mexico City' regulations insures (1) that money is taken away from family planning, (2) that abortion is promoted as a method of family planning, and (3) that countries that have moral and cultural objections to abortion are encouraged to abandon their policies against it," he wrote.
Martino added: "it is never permissible to use immoral means such as artificial contraception to achieve a good end, namely, the reduction of unplanned pregnancies."
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"The Holy See has declared that those who are unworthy to receive Holy Communion ... include persons directly involved in lawmaking bodies," wrote Martino. "These have a grave and clear obligation to oppose any law that attacks human life."
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Martino formally ordered all ministers of Holy Communion: "Those whose unworthiness to receive Holy Communion is known publicly to the Church must be refused Holy Communion in order to prevent sacrilege and to prevent the Catholic in question from committing further grave sin through unworthy reception."