A Catholic bishop has responded to controversy surrounding a Rhode Island priest in his diocese who implied in a news interview that abortion is worse than pedophilia.
The Rev. Richard Bucci of Sacred Heart Church in West Warwick spoke with NBC affiliate WJAR after declaring in a letter published in a newspaper that lawmakers who support abortion would be denied communion, and he called them out by name.
The declaration also came in the form of a flier handed out to parishioners which stated that the lawmakers could not receive communion in “accord with the teaching of the Catholic Church for 2000 years.”
“In addition, they will not be allowed to act as witnesses to marriage, godparents, or lectors at weddings, funerals or any other church function,” added the flier, according to the Providence Journal.
In an interview with NBC affiliate WJAR about his actions, Bucci seemed to be responding to those who compare abortion and pedophilia when he said: “We are not talking about any other moral issue, where some may make it a comparison between pedophilia and abortion. Pedophilia doesn’t kill anyone and this does.”
Bucci also argued that the acceptance of abortion encourages other violence, adding that “once you say an innocent life isn’t worthy of living … then other life becomes meaningless.”
Bishop Thomas Tobin, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, issued a statement on Thursday in response to the Bucci’s comments in the news interview.
Tobin began by stressing that “it is never acceptable to underestimate the harm caused by sexual abuse of minors.”
“Sexual abuse, wherever and whenever it occurs, causes long-lasting, sometimes permanent and devastating harm to the victims/survivors, their families and the entire community,” the bishop said.
Tobin went on to say that “abortion is also a sinful, immoral act” that “destroys innocent unborn life” and “exploits vulnerable women.”
SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski
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