Because he's Jewish?
That's pretty funny. Non-Catholics may not know that when Catholics line up to go forward for Communion, sometimes they have a little kid in hand because they're too young to leave back in the pew. The priest customarily blesses the kid, who is too young to receive Holy Communion, partly I suspect so the kid won't feel left out.
There's at least some implication in the bishop's comment that Kerry hasn't yet reached the age of reason.
It is impossible to equate abortion with murder on a moral level and NOT have that translate to a belief that abortion should be illegal... unless you perhaps believe that MURDER should be legal--which would violate the Declaration of Independence.
I would believe it if I saw it with my own eyes. It's easy to say what you would do when the odds are against you being in that position.
Let me reword that for clarity.
As a public official, if he legislates against the teachings of the Church, he is no longer a Catholic.
I wonder what part of the above he doesn't understand.
"The bishop said that he acted for two reasons. One was to warn Catholic legislators that their unjust acts were spiritually harmful to them "a grave sin." The other was to prevent "scandal": that is, weakening the faith and moral resolution of others by one's bad example. Having made every effort to persuade pro-abortion Catholic legislators to fulfill their obligations in justice to the unborn, Bishop Burke articulated the obvious: Any Catholic who exercises political power to expose a disfavored class of human beings to unjust killing sets himself against the very faith he claims to share. The Church cannot permit such a person to pretend to share in the faith he publicly defies. By receiving communion the sacrament of unity pro-abortion Catholics are pretending exactly that. The bishop has called a halt to the pretense."
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Did Archbishop O'Malley say that Kerry shouldn't receive Communion? Did I miss something?
Here's a great quote from Archbishop O'Malley when he was bishop of the Fall River diocese:
I will not vote for any politician who will promote abortion or the culture of death, no matter how appealing the rest of his or her program might be. They are wolves in sheeps garments, the K.K.K. without the sheets, and sadly enough, they dont even know it.
If I were ever tempted to vote for simply selfish reasons, tribal allegiances, or economic advantages rather than on the moral direction of the country, I should beat a hasty retreat from the curtain of the polling booth to the curtain of the confessional.