Bishop Olmsted responds

Bishop Olmsted responds

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix has responded to an article in the Arizona Republic and said that it misrepresented his position on CINO politicians receiving Communion. I am happy to say I was wrong. While he does say that “no one who is conscious of having committed a serious sin should receive Holy Communion,” He doesn’t exactly say that he would deny the Eucharist to manifestly obstinate and persistent public sinners, although he hints at it.

I call upon all Catholics, especially those in public life, to examine their consciences, and to refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they are unambiguously pro-abortion. … Should some Catholic politicians who are presently pro-abortion obstinately persist in this contradiction to our faith, this becomes a source of scandal and measures beyond those of moral persuasion would be needed. [emphasis added]

He seems to be saying that he would take further steps if they don’t abide by the rule. That’s good. I’m troubled though. What does he mean by “unambiguously” pro-abortion? Does he mean that if you are ambiguously pro-abortion you can continue to receive? I don’t think he would mean that, but he should have been clearer on that point.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli