State Senator Denied Communion by Bishop for Supporting Pro-Abortion Bill in New Mexico

@SenJoeCervantes, Twitter / Diocese of LasCruces, YouTube / ChurchPOP

New Mexico State Senator Joe Cervantes announced on July 17 that his bishop denied him communion.

Sen. Cervantes said in a tweet that Las Cruces, New Mexico Bishop Peter Baldacchino denied him communion “based on my political office.”

Here’s his full tweet below:

@SenJoeCervantes, Twitter

Sen. Cervantes’ full tweet reads, “I was denied communion last night by the Catholic bishop here in Las Cruces and based on my political office. My new parish priest has indicated he will do the same after the last was run off. Please pray for church authorities as Catholicism transitions under Pope Francis.”

The Diocese of Las Cruces told Catholic News Agency that the diocese warned Cervantes several times prior to the denial.

Communications director Christopher Velasquez said Cervantes’ “pastor and the local ordinary” attempted “to contact him several times” to inform him that he should not approach communion after co-sponsoring and voting in favor of pro-abortion Senate Bill 10.

“It did not happen on the spur of the moment,” Velasquez said. ““In terms of the diocese, we regret the decision of Sen. Cervantes to politicize this issue.”

The New Mexico bill overturns a 1969 abortion ban criminalizing abortions. However, the state did not enforce the law because of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling.

Velasquez added that Bishop Baldacchino also attempted to contact him privately regarding the matter.

“[Cervantes] was contacted multiple times prior, letting him know that if he voted for Senate Bill 10, he should not present himself for communion.”

Velasquez also said that the denial “has nothing to do with his office or politics–it has to do with Senate Bill 10…with this particular bill, because of what it entails.”

Catholic Church teaching on abortion:

“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2270)

“Since the first century, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law…” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2271)

Pray for the conversion of pro-abortion politicians! 🙏📿🙏

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[See also: “Serious Scandal”: Catholic Pro-Abortion Politicians Automatically Excommunicated, Cardinal Burke Explains]

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