Pope Francis, the supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church has broken his silence on abortion supporters and their reception of the Eucharist.
Life News reports:
Pope Francis on Wednesday said that Communion is reserved for those who are “in the community” of the Catholic Church and indicated that pro-abortion politicians like Joe Biden are “outside of the community.”
The head of the Catholic Church today condemned abortion in no uncertain terms — calling it “murder” and saying that human life begins at conception.
But he also commented extensively on the issue of communion for pro-abortion politicians. He told the story of a time when he inadvertently gave Communion to a Jewish woman at a retirement home who had approached the sacrament in ignorance.
He stressed that Catholic leaders should be pastors trying to get people to get back on a Godly path and focus on condemnation [versus] excommunication.
“What should the pastor do? Be a shepherd, do not go around condemning … but be a pastor. But is he also a pastor of the excommunicated? Yes, he is the pastor and … he must be a shepherd with God’s style. And God’s style is closeness, compassion, and tenderness,” the Pope said.
“For me, I don’t want to particularize […] the United States because I don’t know the details well, I give the principle … Be a pastor and the pastor knows what he has to do at all times, but as a shepherd. But if he comes out of this shepherding of the Church, immediately he becomes a politician,” Francis added.