Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast has issued a statement in response to Catholic Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s new policy that only ‘pro-choice’ candidates will be endorsed to run as candidates in his party, reports LifeSiteNews.
Entitled, “Being in Communion with the Catholic Church on Moral Issues,” the letter says, “One may not dissent from these core teachings on life issues and be considered a Catholic in good standing.”
All priests of the archdiocese have been informed that the archbishop expects the letter will be made available to parishioners in the bulletin this Sunday.
“The position of the Catholic Church in favour of life at all stages is clear and unchanging,” writes the archbishop. “A person who takes a position in contradiction to the teaching of the Catholic Church on the value and dignity of human life from the moment of conception to the moment of a natural death, and persists in this belief, is not in communion with the Church’s values and teaching, which we believe faithfully transmit for today the teachings of Christ.”
Signed by Archbishop Prendergast on May 14, the letter concludes, “This is a very serious matter requiring of each Catholic, prayer, reflection to inform one’s conscience, and openness to embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness.”