See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.
– 1 John 3:1
Back in April, American Life League came out with the following video that stated that the Catholic Church should excommunicate politicians who support abortion giant Planned Parenthood in defiance of the Church's teachings on the sanctity of life. It caused quite a stir.
Now the pro-Life organization has gained a stunning endorsement for their campaign from high ranking Vatican officials. Judie Brown, the President of American Life League reports that Cardinal Raymond Burke told her to be “persistent” in her campaign to have Canon 915 enforced.
Here's more on this story from LifeSiteNews.
Canon 915 states: “Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”The "not comfortable" comment is significant because this has been the response on the part of the American Bishops in the past when confronted with this issue. For instance National Catholic Register recently wrote "the bishops of New York have signaled their discomfort" with denying Communion to Catholic lawmakers that supported "homosexual marriage".
Brown also noted that Burke encouraged her to make use of the numerous articles he himself has written on the subject.
“He encouraged us to be persistent, to use his articles and not to back down from our position which is the same as his,” she said. “It’s not arbitrary it’s a matter of the law of the church which needs to be enforced.”
Cardinal Burke, she noted, spoke of applying the sanction called for in canon 915 as “therapeutic” in terms of helping people come back in line with the church.
The fact that many bishops are “not comfortable” about it, said Brown, doesn’t matter.
And as I have reported previously, Canon Lawyer Ed Peters has already made the case for denying Holy Communion to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. As one commenter at LifeSiteNews said, why does the Church have Canon Laws if they are not going to be enforced? And I think it's obvious that this applies equally to all the life issues, but at this time the key battles that are being fought in legislative bodies are over abortion and marriage.
Too many to list all of them but I'll just single out this one: Is Cuomo Catholic? You can do a search in the box in the upper right hand corner for "marriage" to get a complete list of related articles.