Catholic Democrats assail some bishops

Communion ban "deeply hurtful"
Catholic lawmakers who resent being targeted by bishops for their support of abortion rights have fired back, with one suggesting that prelates who wade too deeply into politics may risk their tax-exempt status.

In a letter to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, 48 Democratic House members who are Catholic said efforts to ban them from communion are “deeply hurtful” and “counterproductive.” “As Catholics, we do not believe it is our role to legislate the teachings of the Catholic Church,” said the May 6 letter, whose signers included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

They must, “at times, separate our public actions from our personal beliefs,” the legislators wrote to McCarrick. “We would remind those who would deny us participation in the sacrament of the Eucharist that we are sworn to represent all Americans, not just Catholics.”


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