On Saturday, pro-abortion state Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Las Cruces) wrote to his followers on Twitter to announce that pro-life Las Cruces Bishop, the Most Reverend Peter Baldacchino, had denied him the Eucharist during mass “based on [his] political office.”
Cervantes wrote, “I was denied communion last night by the Catholic bishop here in Las Cruces and based on my political office.”
He added, “My new parish priest has indicated he will do the same after the last was run off. Please pray for church authorities as Catholicism transitions under Pope Francis.”
The news comes just one day after Pope Francis heavily restricted the celebration of the Traditional Latin Tridentine Mass, a pillar of the Church for traditional Catholics — sending shockwaves across the world.
Now, it appears that Cervantes is content with the liberalization of the Catholic Church by Francis, whose pontificate previously blasted bishops attempting to restrict the Eucharist, which Catholics believe to the True Presence of Jesus, to only those in full communion with the Church’s teachings. Francis called the practice of withholding the Eucharist to those who are in full communion divisive.
Francis also has promoted rabidly pro-abortion priests to high-ranking offices in the Vatican
Cervantes also appears to be claiming Baldacchino denied him Holy Communion because of his “office,” not because Cervantes has repeatedly voted for bills, such as this past Legislative Session’s S.B. 10, which legalized abortion up-to-birth and infanticide across the state and stripped all protections for women and children in the womb.
Cervantes also voted for a similar bill opposed by the Catholic Church which legalized physician-assisted suicide via lethal drug “cocktails.”
The bishop’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.