STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today after receiving confirmation that Vice President Joseph Biden and Rep. Nancy Pelosi received Communion during the Installation Mass for Pope Francis.
“At a Mass during which our new Pope emphasized the duty public officials – and all the rest of us – have to protect the weakest among us, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have the audacity to receive Communion while publicly renouncing their responsibility to protect the weakest among us.
“Some Church leaders mistakenly think we are advocating the use of the Eucharist as a ‘weapon.’ In fact, we are defending the Eucharist from being used as a political tool. These politicians have no respect for what the Eucharist means: an integral, consistent union with Christ and with all our brothers and sisters. To receive Christ while rejecting the unborn is a slap in the face to both.”
Father Pavone is the president of theNational Pro-life Religious Council and national pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.
Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.