On Abortion/Communion Debate, Pope’s Answer Raises More Questions, by Phil Lawler

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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, July 04, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.


Commenting on argument that pro-abortion Catholic politicians should be barred from Communion, Pope Francis said “when a bishop loses his pastoral nature, it causes a political problem.”

OK, three questions:

  1. Does a bishop lose his “pastoral nature” when he warns a member of his flock not to endanger her soul?

  2. What is the political problem—and for whom? ….

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