A much-admired Catholic priest has said an “Account Warning” he received from Facebook was most likely prompted by his pro-life posts to his personal page.
Fr Paddy McCafferty, who is parish Priest of Corpus Christi, in Ballymurphy, West Belfast, is an outspoken pro-life advocate, who has addressed the March for Life in Belfast and spoken out in the media against the imposition of abortion in the north.
The Belfast priest has also won praise for his courageous stance against the cover-up of child-abuse and for bravely speaking out about the abuse he endured as a child, and while he was a young seminarian.
He unexpectedly received a warning from Facebook about his posts, accusing him of failing to follow Facebook’s Community Standards.
Apparently I haven’t followed Facebook’s “Community Standards”. No explanation as to how I haven’t? More than likely, I strongly suspect, someone “out there” doesn’t like to read the truth about abortion.
“Apparently I haven’t followed Facebook’s “Community Standards”. No explanation as to how I haven’t? More than likely, I strongly suspect, someone “out there” doesn’t like to read the truth about abortion,” Fr McCafferty noted.
His most recent post on the issue addressed the issue of politicians who support abortion presenting for Holy Communion at Mass.
“It is distressing and deeply saddening that some politicians, who have actively campaigned for and support abortion, presented themselves to receive Holy Communion. Politicians, who promote the grave sin and crime of abortion, have departed from the Catholic Faith. Even though they may continue to attach to themselves the label “Catholic”, they are no longer, in truth, Catholics,” he wrote.
“It is one thing to pay one’s respects at the funeral of a friend or colleague. There is absolutely no necessity to insult the faith of true Catholics, who strive to live according to God’s Laws, by sacrilegiously receiving the Most Holy Eucharist and causing grave scandal and offence,” Fr McCafferty said.
He quoted Pope Francis as saying in March 2013: “We hope that legislators [and] heads of government… will defend and protect [the dignity of human life] from the abominable crimes of abortion and euthanasia; that is their responsibility… We must adhere to “eucharistic coherence”, that is, be conscious that they cannot receive Holy Communion and at the same time act with deeds or words against the commandments, particularly when abortion, euthanasia, and other grave crimes against life and family are encouraged. This responsibility weighs particularly over legislators, heads of governments, and health professionals”.
“For my own part as a priest, if a known abortionist politician or other public figure – came to a Funeral or Mass at my Church, I would speak to him/her privately if at all possible and ask him/her not to come to Holy Communion; or to come and receive a blessing. Were they not to respect that request, I would refuse to administer the Blessed Sacrament to him/her. In conscience, it would be absolutely impossible for me to do so,” he concluded.
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