Pope Benedict XIV told reporters today that he supported the possibility of Mexican Church leaders excommunicating pro-abortion politicians in that country.
The Pope was asked whether he supported Mexican Church leaders threatening to excommunicate leftist parliamentarians who last month voted to legalize abortion in Mexico City.
"Yes, this excommunication was not an arbitrary one but is allowed by Canon (church) law which says that the killing of an innocent child is incompatible with receiving communion, which is receiving the body of Christ," he said.
"They (Mexican Church leaders) did nothing new, surprising or arbitrary. They simply announced publicly what is contained in the law of the Church... which expresses our appreciation for life and that human individuality, human personality is present from the first moment (of life)."
What I expect is, of course, the cry of "Foul!" from such politicians and their supporters for "interfering" with democracy and the "people's will."
But, if the charge is that the Church's stance on abortion is outdated, and they do not consider canonical law to be binding on them, then of what substance is a bull of excommunication to them? How do you call the Church a meaningless institution and then get offended when it defends its beliefs?In recent months, the Vatican has been accused of interference in Italy for telling Catholic lawmakers to oppose a draft law that would grant some rights to unwed and gay couples.