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Pro-Choice New Mexico Senator Says He Was Denied Communion Because of His ‘Political Office’

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A pro-choice Democratic New Mexico state Senator is claiming that his bishop denied him Communion because of his political office.

In a tweet on Saturday, Sen. Joe Cervantes (D-NM) alleged he was denied communion “last night by the Catholic bishop here in Las Cruces and based on my political office.”

“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.” he continued. I was denied communion last night by the Catholic bishop here in Las Cruces and based on my political office. 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. — Sen. Joe Cervantes (@SenJoeCervantes) July 17, 2021 According to The Daily Caller , Bishop Cervantes was apparently referring to Bishop Peter Baldacchino of Las Cruces.

In his tweet, Cervantes, who is pro-abortion, did not specify why he was denied Communion.

On Monday, Christopher Velasquez, director of communications for the Diocese of Las Cruces, told Catholic News Agency that the diocese privately warned Cervantes against taking Communion because of his support for a pro-abortion bill.

“It did not happen on the spur of the moment,” Velasquez said regarding the denial of Communion.

“In terms of the diocese, we regret the decision of Senator Cervantes to politicize this issue,” he added.Earlier this year, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed Senate Bill 10, which repealed a 1969 law that […]

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