A Rhode Island priest recently declared that he would prevent state officials from receiving Communion if they voted for a pro-abortion bill from last year.
Reverend Richard Bucci of Sacred Heart Church in West Warwick placed a letter in the church’s weekend bulletin exposing the lawmakers who voted for the Reproductive Privacy Act, which enshrined the Roe v. Wade decision in Rhode Island law. The elected officials listed are prohibited from receiving Communion, witnessing marriages or serving as godparents, he told NBC 10 last Monday.
Carolyn Cronin, a spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, informed the channel that while the church provides detailed instructions for sacraments it is “the pastor’s duty to apply them within his parish, in accord with Church law. This includes the proper reception of Holy Communion as outlined by the Code of Canon Law. Because the Church entrusts to each pastor the duty of teaching, sanctifying, and governing his parish, the daily pastoral and administrative decisions are made at the local parish level.”
Democrat State Senator Adam Satchell said he discovered that his name was on the letter from friends who attend the church.
“I was recently asked to be my niece’s godfather, and I happily accepted,” Satchell stated. “My wife was excited. It was going to be her first godchild, and now we can’t.”
State Representative Carol Hagan McEntee said Bucci asked her to leave a relative’s funeral and prohibited her from delivering a eulogy. McEntee’s older sister previously testified that she was the victim of sexual abuse as a child. According to the channel’s report, a priest who preceded Bucci allegedly committed this sexual abuse.
“If he wants to weigh the heinous crime that his predecessor committed on my sister, compared to what he believes I did wrong by voting for what I believe is right for the people of the state of Rhode Island, I don’t think they even compare,” McEntee said.
Bucci stood his ground, stating “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,” according to NBC 10.
Such actions should be lauded and emulated by other activists in the conservative space when pushing their respective issues.
The right to life is among the most sacred of rights that has been under assault during the past few decades via judicial activism and federal overreach against lower levels of government.
Bucci’s example shows how pro-life individuals can have an impact in non-political venues.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu Vetoes Red Flag Gun Confiscation Order
On August 7, 2020, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu vetoed a “red flag” law proposal.
This bill would have allegedly facilitated the temporary confiscation of firearms without due process for people who are perceived to be a risk to themselves or other individuals.
Sununu cited constitutional concerns for his veto. The New Hampshire Governor’s veto of the red flag bill was a microcosm of a tense session of the New Hampshire General Court.
Democrats were able to pass House Bill 687, which would have established a red flag law. Under this law, family members could file a petition to a court to disarm an individual who is viewed as a threat to themselves or others. A complete affront to due process, the gun owner would only then be allowed to fight the action in court.
Second Amendment supporters have adamantly opposed this kind of legislation. They are of the opinion that it infringes on the right to bear arms and the right to a fair trial. Sununu was in agreement, and in his veto message he stated that the bill “goes too far and would weaken the constitutional rights of law-abiding New Hampshire citizens,” while he mentioned how the second, fourth, fifth, sixth, and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution would be in jeopardy if this bill was passed.
“I will continue to prioritize suicide prevention and mental health as there is much work yet to be done in New Hampshire, but that work cannot come at the expense of the constitutional rights of our citizens,” Sununu wrote.
New Hampshire is one of the more pro-gun states in the country, with a ranking of 17th place according to Guns & Ammo’s Best States for Gun Owners rankings.
For once, a Republican Governor stood up against the anti-gun mob and rejected a blatantly anti-Second Amendment bill. More Republicans should follow suit by categorically rejecting the pet projects of the radical Left.
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