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Bishop says pro-abortion politicians should not receive Communion

Any Catholic politician who supports abortion should "abstain from receiving holy Communion until he has a change of heart," said Bishop William K. Weigand of Sacramento, California.

Preaching a homily on Wednesday marking the 30th anniversary of legalised abortion in the United States, Bishop Weigand singled out California Gov. Gray Davis, a Catholic, for criticism.

He praised Msgr. Edward J. Kavanagh, parish priest of St. Rose Parish in Sacramento and director of St Patrick's Home, for banning Davis from distributing Christmas gifts at the home in December because of the governor's stand on abortion.

"As your bishop," he added, "I have to say clearly that anyone - politician or otherwise - who thinks it is acceptable for a Catholic to be pro-abortion is in very great error, puts his or her soul at risk and is not in good standing with the church. Such a person should have the integrity to acknowledge this and choose of his own volition to abstain from receiving holy Communion until he has a change of heart."

Catholic News Service

Diocese of Sacramento | Bishop William K. Weigand
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Document affirms primacy of conscience for politicians (Frank Brennan SJ in The Australian)

24 Jan 2003