By its interventions in this area, the Church’s Magisterium does not wish to exercise political power or eliminate the freedom of opinion of Catholics regarding contingent questions. Instead, it intends – as is its proper function – to instruct and illuminate the consciences of the faithful, particularly those involved in political life, so that their actions may always serve the integral promotion of the human person and the common good.
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
So often the media portrays the highly publicized refusal of communion to pro-abortion politicians as a way to use the Eucharist as a weapon or a political tool to sway voters into supporting President Bush. This infuriates me, because I believe, some are reporting this story as a political story and nothing could be further from the truth. The following quote from this story sums up the Church's intentions nicely: