Bishop calls on Kansas governor to stop taking communion
Sebelius vetoed recent abortion bill
Jun 17, 2008
The Catholic archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas, said he hopes Governor Kathleen Sebelius will abide by his request for her to stop receiving communion before he has to take further punitive measures because she supports abortion rights.
“There are a number of pastoral alternatives open to me at this time” if Sebelius refuses, including barring the governor from communion or excommunicating her from the church, Archbishop Joseph Naumann said in an interview May 12.
“I’m not sure that’s an action I would take,” Naumann said of excommunication, “but I’m not eliminating any options.” The archbishop also said he could ask his priests to refuse the sacrament to Sebelius, but “it seems to make more pastoral sense to me to put the responsibility on the politician first.”