Washington, D.C. (28 April 2008) — American Life League president Judie Brown released the following statement following Cardinal Egan's reaction to pro-abortion Catholic Rudy Giuliani's taking the Eucharist:
"Today a great blessing came to our attention as we received word of the remarkable statement of Edward Cardinal Egan, Archdiocese of New York, regarding the sacrilegious behavior of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. When we wrote to the Archbishop several days ago asking him to address this, we were confident that he indeed would right this terrible wrong.
"American Life League is grateful to Cardinal Egan for his statement, and we are hopeful that he will reiterate the need to enforce Church law, specifically Canon Law 915, so that all of his ordained priests, deacons and Eucharistic ministers understand that no public figure who supports abortion should ever get away with such a despicable act again.
"Canon Law 915 states, 'Those … who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Communion.'
"The act of abortion is a grave sin. Those who are in public life, claim to be Catholic and support abortion are indeed persisting in a grave sin. American Life League's Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church has been asking American Bishops to enforce Canon 915 since our campaign began in 2003. We are indeed gratified that Cardinal Egan has seen this as a priority as well. Protecting Christ from sacrilege is an honor and we applaud Cardinal Egan for making this clear."
American Life League was cofounded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Michael Hichborn at 540.659.7900.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Archdiocese of New York: Statement of Cardinal Egan [Regarding Giuliani]
Medical News Today: Catholic Lawmakers Supporting Abortion Rights Attend Papal Mass, Receive Communion (21 April 2008)
Catholic News Agency: Pro-abortion rights politicians receive Holy Communion at papal Mass (18 April 2008)
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Politico: Pope's Visit Renews Abortion Debate (15 April 2008)