CORRECTION: According to a spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of Washington, neither Patrick Kennedy nor Kathleen Sebelius have been denied Communion. They have been asked not to approach the altar to receive communion, because of their views on abortion.
By William Wan
Just wanted to point out some interesting stories over the weekend about Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI), who has become the latest politician to be
denied asked not to receive Holy Communion because of his views on abortion.
The news came first from a story yesterday in the Providence Journal, which then inspired a flurry of takes on the whole Communion/abortion brouhaha. All the attention then prompted a strong response from Kennedy’s priest, which included a portions of the letter the priest sent Kennedy in 2007 that began the whole thing in the first place.
The Vatican memo endorsing the practice was drafted by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict.
In 2003, Democratic Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, a Catholic, was asked not to take Communion by Bishop Raymond Burke. After he became archbishop of St. Louis, Burke said famously that if then-presidential candidate John Kerry came to his Mass he would tell him not to take Communion.
Others who have been
excluded asked not to participate in Communion? Former California Gov. Gray Davis, former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, and Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who talked about it to the Washington Post. in this interview.