A Catholic parish priest refused to minister the Eucharist to an Irish politician, after he revealed his vote to support legalized abortion in Ireland.
“Those obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.” – Code of Canon Law 915
Robert Troy, a member of Ireland’s parliament and Fianna Fáil conservative party, revealed in an interview last December he voted in Ireland’s referendum to repeal the 8th amendment that legalized abortion – despite previously identifying as pro-life.
During a requiem mass on January 4th at Saint Nicholas’s parish church in the Diocese of Meath, Father John Hogan denied Robert Troy Holy Communion. Hogan had previously tweeted on December 1st:
Looking over list of TDs who voted to reject amendments to the wicked abortion bill, I see the name of one who, only a few years ago, stood in my house & swore he was prolife. The desire for power & popularity lead so many to do the most horrendous things. A salutary lesson.
— Fr John S. Hogan, ocds (@jshocds) December 1, 2018
While Bishop Thomas Deenihan of the Diocese of Meath spoke to Father Hogan about the refusal of communion, no details on the conversation were made public.
“Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.” – CCC 2271