Search This Blog

Wednesday, June 4

Support Obama? No Communion for You! (Even if you're a Republican)

Denied the Rite
by E.J. Dionne, Jr.
On the communion of "Obamacon" Douglas Kmiec.
Post Date Tuesday, June 03, 2008

WASHINGTON--Word spread like wildfire in Catholic circles: Douglas Kmiec, a staunch Republican, firm foe of abortion and veteran of the Reagan Justice Department, had been denied communion.

His sin? Kmiec, a Catholic who can cite papal pronouncements with the facility of a theological scholar, shocked old friends and adversaries alike earlier this year by endorsing Barack Obama for president. For at least one priest, Kmiec's support for a pro-choice politician made him a willing participant in a grave moral evil.

Kmiec was denied communion in April at a Mass for a group of Catholic business people he later addressed at dinner. The episode has not received wide attention outside the Catholic world, yet it is the opening shot in an argument that could have a large impact on this year's presidential campaign: Is it legitimate for bishops and priests to deny communion to those supporting candidates who favor abortion rights? (continued)
How fucked up is this? The Catholic Church ought to lose its tax exempt status for this monkey business.

Meanwhile The Priest who mocked Hillary Clinton was told to step down and take a leave of absense

No comments: