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A group of Democratic legislators in Rhode Island passed a bill that would enshrine safeguards at the state level. They wanted to make sure federal restrictions could not affect a woman’s right to choose, no matter the future of Roe v. Wade.
But on Jan. 26, days after the 47th anniversary of that landmark legal case, one Rhode Island priest (Richard Bucci) has issued a damning rebuke: Any lawmakers who voted in favor of the law, he said, would be barred from receiving Communion or taking on special roles at church functions.
“In accord with the teaching of the Catholic Church for 2000 years, the following members of the legislature may NOT receive Holy Communion, as are all the general officers of the state of Rhode Island, as well as Rhode Island’s members of Congress,” the note said. “In addition, they will not be allowed to act as witnesses to marriage, godparents, or lectors at weddings, funerals, or any other church function.”
Has the church really banned abortions for 2000 years?
It IS true that the Catholic church currently opposed abortion, but their position has really only existed (with minor exceptions) since roughly 1750
State Rep. Julie Casimiro (D), who voted in favor of the bill, said that the Rhode Island General Assembly should take a page out of Bucci’s book and distribute a flier naming priests accused of sexual assault and telling them they are “not welcome at the State House,” she wrote on Facebook, according to the Journal.