Kerry may survive Rome's hard line

Two bishops say Communion shouldn't be withheld
Although a leading Vatican cardinal states that Catholic teaching is clear about denying communion to a politician who supports abortion rights, two key U.S. bishops say withholding the sacrament from a dissenting Catholic like Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is not a likely option.

Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has been able to receive the communion elements so far. And Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in Rome that barring participation to a pro-choice Catholic political figure should be the last resort considered. Speaking to Catholic News Service, Gregory said, “In the nature of the church, the imposition of sanctions is always the final response, not the first response, nor the second or maybe even the 10th.”

 

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