Archbishop on Pro-choice Catholics & Communion

March 17, 2009 6:27:21 PM PDT
Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput says politicians who won't take action to oppose abortion should neither call themselves Catholic nor take Communion.

Meeting with reporters in Washington, Chaput said the integrity of church teaching is more important than "the vanity or hurt feelings of an individual Catholic governor or senator or even vice president."

Vice President Joseph Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and influential senators like Edward Kennedy and John Kerry are Catholics who support abortion rights.

Chaput said, "they could make a difference if they acted like Catholics." Otherwise, he said, they shouldn't receive Communion because they're not in communion with the church.

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