The Archbishop of Naples Crescenzio Sepe says polluters cannot take communion, reports the Huffington Post on Ucanews.
'Those who pollute are not in the grace of God and can not take communion,' he said last week. The remarks came in the wake of revelations that local mafia had buried cancer-causing toxic waste around the city, posing a health risk to residents, reports Adnkronos.
The Archbishop told journalists at the 10th International Forum of the Christian environmentalist group Greenaccord, 'Our people have to be told the truth about what has happened. But it is also necessary to talk about all the positive things that have been done. It is time for everyone to unite and continue to free our earth of poisons.'
Care for creation is something that Pope Francis has previously tweeted about, stating: 'Care of creation is not just something God spoke of at the dawn of history: he entrusts it to each of us as part of his plan.'
This isn't the first time that clergy have banned people from taking communion due to their stance on social issues. In September, chief justice of the Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke announced that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi should be denied communion due to her support of the right to have an abortion.