Reverence for the Holy Eucharist in America could come down to how faithfully the bishops decide to protect it from public figures who advance abortion. San Francisco's Abp. Salvatore Cordileone is gently pushing to bar pro-abort politicians from receiving Holy Communion. Church Militant's Trey Blanton highlights the archbishop's roundtable talk, "Life in the Womb: The Preeminent Issue."
Kathy Folan: "When people say they are pro-life except in cases of rape, I am offended that my child is not seen as worthy of life in their eyes."
Catholic pro-life advocates united on a video conference Friday to stress the importance of life.
Cordileone emphasized the evil of abortion.
Cordileone: "They're in a state of mortal sin, objectively speaking, and therefore should not present themselves for Holy Communion."
He has not yet, however, fought the evil in his own archdiocese by banning pro-aborts like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from sacrilegiously receiving the Eucharist.
Other speakers included Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, and Lila Rose, president of Live Action. But among the stand-out speakers was a young man who was conceived through rape and his mother, who chose life.
Kathy Folan knows the trauma going through a young woman's mind.
Folan: "This was not a part of the well-executed plan of my life, and it wasn't my fault."
Folan found the strength and support to choose adoption for Nathan Sullivan, who has started a business and is soon to be married.
Nathan Sullivan: "Everybody who's been around the pro-life movement has heard, and ... a lot of them will say, 'except in cases of rape.' But I want to make sure that everybody knows that those are real people too, right? And I am that person. I am that case."
Abortion is, without exception, evil. Those who support it are not in communion with the Catholic Church and thus should not receive the Body and Blood of Christ.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will meet in June to discuss the issue of withholding Communion from pro-aborts. The conference, however, has no authority over individual bishops, who decide what happens in their dioceses.