Despite MLG doubling down on abortion support, Archbishop won’t deny her Eucharist

This week, pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has doubled down on her support for radical abortion up-to-birth policies. She signed an executive order harboring fugitive abortionists who flee to New Mexico from extradition. She then met with Joe Biden and fellow Democrat governors to promote pushing the Biden regime to perform abortions at Veterans Affairs hospitals, Indian Health Service facilities, and military bases, calling such a plan an  “effective vehicle.”

Also last week amid the pro-abortion extremism from the Governor, Piñon Post chief and Republican nominee for New Mexico House District 51, John Block, sent a letter to Archbishop John C. Wester of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The letter requested that Lujan Grisham, who claims to be a Roman Catholic, be denied the sacrament of Holy Communion due to her abortion stance.

Block noted how the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) “affirmed and reaffirmed over the years, ‘The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority.’ I take the USCCB seriously when it states abortion is its preeminent priority, as I am sure you do as well.”

In 2021, the USCCB passed a teaching document by a vote of 222-8 reading, “It is the special responsibility of the diocesan bishop to work to remedy situations that involve public actions at variance with the visible communion of the Church and the moral law.”

With regard to the application of these principles to Catholics in political life, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote to the U.S. bishops in 2004 explaining the approach to be taken:

Then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote to the U.S. bishops in 2004 what actions were to be taken against pro-abortion politicians regarding the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist:

 “… when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist. When ‘these precautionary measures have not had their effect … ,’ and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, ‘the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it.’”

Block wrote in the letter that Lujan Grisham’s support for abortion up-to-birth policies, including assisted suicide “are directly responsible for the killing of innocent children and terminal patients in New Mexico, which are contrary to Church teachings throughout the centuries. If the state will not bring justice for these innocent lives lost at the hands of Lujan Grisham and the Radical Democrats, it is at the very least the Church’s responsibility to hold them accountable within its power.”

He then asked for the Archbishop to deny the pro-abortion politician Communion, writing, “These actions should mirror, if not be more punitive, to those of San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who has denied pro-abortion U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the sacrament of Holy Communion in his diocese. Recently, my bishop, Peter Baldacchino of the Diocese of Las Cruces, denied pro-abortion state Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Doña Ana) Communion after his vote for S.B. 10, so there is precedent in New Mexico for this important action.”

“Our faith is the only thing we have left. It is what has carried the Church through centuries of persecution and toil, and it is what will carry us through today. If the Church refuses to stand firm now on this bedrock principle to save the most vulnerable, then our faith is lost,” he concluded.

Wester, however, did not agree. In response, he wrote that he would not deny the rabidly pro-abortion politician Holy Communion, writing, “I will not deny the governor Holy Communion since I agree wholeheartedly with Cardinal-designate Robert W. McElroy’s article in America magazine in which he outlines three compelling reasons for not withholding Communion to Catholic pro-choice politicians.”

The reasons from the liberal cardinal-designate included those who seek to deny the Eucharist based on the grave sin of killing a child in the womb are “weaponizing” it. Another reason is that “we are all sinners,” and therefore, “Who of the faithful can claim such an ideal?” The last reason given is because of Pope Francis’ statement, “The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.”

However, ingesting the Eucharist while living with unrepentant sin, will cause sickness and death. I Corinthians 11:27-30 reads:

“Whoever eats the bread and drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying.” 

The Archbishop concluded in his letter, “These three points are only some of the many reasons that this question of withholding Holy Communion is quite complex.  For example, it is not always easy to determine formal cooperation in evil, remote material cooperation or proximate material cooperation.  In addition, intention is always an important factor in determining whether an action is sinful or not.  A given politician may believe that by remaining in office he or she can do more to work toward ending abortion than by leaving office.  Another might believe that by working to attenuate poverty, a huge driver of abortions, he or she could be effective in lessening the number of abortions in America.”

It appears Wester is attempting to justify Lujan Grisham’s support for abortion due to supposed policies she may be supporting to help end poverty and other issues.

However, the Rev. Fr. Larry Brito of St. Anne Parish in Santa Fe told the Santa Fe New Mexican regarding Lujan Grisham’s pro-abortion stance, “[S]he has already excommunicated herself by her extreme gross support and promotion of the murder of unborn children. I pray that she may have a change of heart and that she may receive the full graces of the Catholic Church. Salvation and lives are at stake.”

Despite other members of the clergy taking the killing of babies in the womb seriously by withholding Holy Communion from the likes of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and state Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Doña Ana), there will be no recourse for Lujan Grisham’s grave promotion of abortion. Wester likely was one of the eight bishops who voted against a resolution attempting to remedy situations involving pro-abortion Catholic politicians. 

Until now, New Mexicans have not gotten a clear answer in Archbishop Wester’s own words on this subject matter until Block’s letter.

18 thoughts on “Despite MLG doubling down on abortion support, Archbishop won’t deny her Eucharist”

  1. “You are Peter (“petros”) and on this rock(“petra”) I will build my church.” Matthew 16:18. The Pope makes the rules.

    Pope Francis could not have given Cordileone a better “California present” than appointing McElroy as a Cardinal. It was so personally thoughtful. Is McElroy’s elevation a rejection of some Bishops, certainly not Cordileone, to be heard by all priests? May priests consider such Bishops, certainly not Cordileone, to be Papal “PNG” or “Dead Bishops Walking” or an “Endangered Bishop Species,” reminding them of a saying when they think of their future: “they don’t have the numbers, and The House always wins”; or perhaps another saying: “don’t bet on losers?”

    Will the future of such Bishops, certainly not Cordileone, be “death by a thousand Papal cut outs”? Are the days of such Bishops, certainly not Cordileone, numbered by # 75, the age Bishops must offer retirement, which may be accepted or rejected by Pope Francis? Shall such Bishops, certainly not Cordileone, receive the greatest “Papal cut out”: retired at 75 as a Bishop not Cardinal, and becoming dusty antiques on the back shelf of the Church. Thank God Cordileone is not a “Dead Bishop Walking.” Imagine what present Pope Francis shall give him on his 75th birthday after that “California present” of McElroy as Cardinal!

    The College of Cardinals, all younger than 80, elects Popes and requires at least 66% votes. Francis will have it on 2/3/23 when Calcagno is 80, and Francis has 83/124 appointees. He need not appoint more before then, given his 16 new ones, who shall replace retired and current Cardinals through Cardinal D’Rozario, who turns 80 on 10/1/43. On that date, there shall be only 38 Non-Francis Cardinals. If Francis were to appoint 15 new Cardinals on that date, only 15 months away, they would replace 15 Cardinals through Cardinal Ricard, who turns 80 on 9/26/44. On that date, there would be only 29 Non-Francis Cardinals; Francis Cardinals shall be 75%.

    Benedict is 95. Francis will be 95 on 12/17/31 if he is Pope. Members of the current College, not “Francis Cardinals,” will be 5 then. 7 Cardinals were born before 1960; new Cardinal Marengo is 47. They will elect 2 “Francis Popes.” More shall follow; the same with Francis Cardinals and Francis Bishops, who shall appoint Francis Heads of Seminaries, who shall appoint Francis faculty, who shall teach seminarians to become like Francis. To those who have “ressentiment” toward Francis, remember that old saying: “you don’t have the numbers.”

    The Francis Legacy already has changed US Bishops as he has appointed 135 out of the 455 (30%), and one of them is only 39 years. 20% of the 455 will turn 75 in the next 5 years. That is when they must offer to retire, which Francis may accept or reject. Some of those shall be from the large dioceses of Detroit, Los Angeles, Newark, Miami, Atlanta and Orange County, California. 2 of them currently are the President and Vice President of the USCCB. It is probable that more than 50% of US Bishops shall be Francis appointees in 5 years, including those voting in the USCCB.

    Arch-conservative Cardinal Ratzinger, whose newspaper nickname was “Rottweiler” (Google it), now is Pope Benedict XVI, and he is the cause of Cardinal Bergoglio being Pope Francis because Benedict would be Pope had he not run into retirement, making Francis his Papal legacy. Benedict gambled that his successor would be like him, but he forgot an old saying: “the House always wins.”
    Benedict also shall be the cause of Francis not retiring before Benedict dies because having 3 living Popes would be an ontological impossibility for the Church. Benedict is a gift that keeps on giving. To those who dislike Francis, you can thank your Rottweiler Benedict for your “ressentiment.” I always do.

  2. I am a Catholic and I agree with John 100%. We must all stand up for Jesus Christ our lord who suffered for all of us and we must repent.

    This Bishop has been pretty quiet. We do not hear much from
    him. Look where he came from. God Please Bless this State of New Mexico and protect us from all evil!!

    1. Sadly, I don’t believe God can bless this state with the ongoing slaughtering of babies. We must stay vigilant in our counties and if need be, speak out against abortion clinics that Grisham may want to place there.
      I have a hunch that Grisham has grand illusions of making New Mexico the abortion capital of this country. Huge money maker for her, when everything else she put her hand to failed. My prayer is that this will too. God WILL judge, and hopefully soon.

  3. Rev. Fr. Larry Brito of St. Anne Parish in Santa Fe. Now this is a priest who follows Gods Word. God bless you Fr Brito. Thank you for standing up for us. May God put his hands on NM and save us from all evil.

  4. You can't be Catholic and vote Dem

    Good job Pinon Post.
    “Who’s going to save our Church? It’s not our bishops, it’s not our priests and it is not the religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that the priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops, and the religious act like religious.”…… Bisphop Fulton Sheen.
    Continue to speak out fellow Catholics and Vote your faith.

  5. Communion in New Mexico has been made meaningless now that the sinner MLG is
    allowed to partake of this sacred rite.

  6. Instead of offering MLG communion, the Archbishop of New Mexico should perform an exorcism on her.

  7. Wester dances around using coded language, but the real reason most churches including Catholic Churches are afraid to follow the gospel is simply their 501 3 c tax exemption. As more of a corporate entity than a spiritual one , satan and his children have “ handcuffed “ priests to be docile deniers of true faith. Vatican 2 was the change that ushered in this abomination. Therefore creatures like Wester and Bergoglio.

  8. MLG Demon Worshiper

    Surprised she does not burst into flames when she goes to communion. Evil FJB and MLG should be excommunicated from all Godly religion. They are to evil to receive Jesus.

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