Updated: Jul 19, 2021
New Mexico's pro-abortion Senator Joseph Cervantes was denied the Eucharist last week by
Las Cruces Bishop Peter Baldacchino.
According to reporting by John Block of The Piñion Post:
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.”
Cervantes is rabidly pro-abortion and has said that he “fully” supports “choice.”
The Daily Caller’s Mary Margaret Olohan reported Cervantes said, “There should be no laws which outlaw the private decisions regarding pregnancy,” in response to a question from the Albuquerque Journal about whether he supported repealing a dormant state law outlawing abortion except in limited circumstances.
Mr. Block further reported, 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 is 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.”
In response to prominent politicians flouting Church doctrine on abortion and the right-to-life, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) overwhelmingly approved a measure in June to draft a statement discussing whether high profile pro-abortion politicians may be denied Communion.
Among those who prominent Catholic politicians who have routinely undermined the Church’s doctrine and mission to protect the sanctity of life are Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden.
As Ms. Olohan reported, Biden frequently goes to mass, has met with Pope Francis, mentions praying the rosary and visits the cemetery where his family members are buried.
Yet, his Catholicism appears to be merely performative in nature because as soon as he became president, Biden immediately took action to fund and promote abortion — which the Catholic Church condemns as a “crime against human life.”
Biden’s public stances on abortion previously prompted a priest to deny him Holy Communion during a 2019 Mass.
Las Cruces Bishop Baldacchino was the first Bishop to resume in-person Mass and it is clear he takes his priestly commission to preach the Gospel and correct the errors of his flock with great seriousness. We commend his action to withhold the Eucharist from those who are not in full communion with the Church’s teachings and urge other priests and Bishops, such as Washington DC’s Archbishop Wilton Gregory, to correct the errors of their flocks by doing the same, and thus bring those who defy the laws of God back to the correct path and the light of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Las Cruces Bishop Peter Baldacchino
New Mexico Senator Joseph Cervantes