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Las Cruces Bishop Peter Baldacchino Denies Eucharist To Pro-Abortion Politician

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

  • Communion

  • Eucharist

  • Abortion

  • New Mexico Senator Joseph Cervantes

  • Peter Baldacchino

  • Pope Francis

  • Pro-abortion priests

  • physician-assisted suicide

  • Nancy Pelosi

  • Joe Biden

  • abortion funding

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Cervantes: Baldacchino discriminates against me because of the office I hold, not for what I do. How typical for a Democrat.


What a perfect analogy for the modern Democrat leftist. They want to claim to be Catholic while doing the exact opposite of what their religion preaches; and they don't seem to have any problem with that. Explains a lot about leftist policies. By the way, I am not Catholic, and I suspect that many Christians would question my Christianity, but this I do know, when you are standing before God claiming "but I was given communion" isn't going to cut it.


Jul 19, 2021

I'm guessing St. Peter isn't going to buy the rationalization of political expediency that, "It's a choice" when old Joke, and Nasty P., and Pope Frank, for that matter, get to the Pearly Gates.

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Maybe you've read the bible? Perhaps you recall how the good lord hates when pious pricks bend his word to their own political agenda.

It's like Gandhi famously said, "I like your Christ. But your Christians, what a bunch of hypocritical a-holes!"


Thank you very much, Bishop Baldacchino! You are a 'true shepherd' in the mold of Jesus Christ. Mr. Cervantes is a "child of this age' who thinks he can 'park' his adherence to Church doctrine at the front door of his political office/career. God sees the heart as well as the 'appearance'.

Make your choice, Mr. Cervantes: God or humankind-gone-astray. Be careful: Adam and Eve made the wrong choice, with serious consequences. If your financial situation is too dire, please accept my offer to send you (postage paid) a copy of the Catholic Catechism. The only 'qualification is that I may 'bookmark' a few of its sections, for your reading pleasure, of course.

What part of "Thou shall not ki…

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