November 14, 2008
Catholic priest to Obama supporters: No Communion for you!
It’s one thing for a Catholic priest or bishop to deny Communion to a politician who supports policies that go against the Catholic Church. But to separate everyday parishioners from God because they voted for a candidate who is pro-choice? One priest is so inclined:
The pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greenville, SC, is urging parishioners who voted for Barack Obama not to present themselves for Communion unless they go to confession first because they have cooperated with “intrinsic evil’’ by voting for a candidate who supports abortion rights over a candidate who does not. The Rev. Jay Scott Newman told the Greenville News that he doesn’t intend to deny anyone Communion, but made it clear that his view is that Obama voters should not present themselves without seeking penance first “lest they eat and drink their own condemnation.’‘
At least he is alone on this one. Newman’s mug and a letter explaining his position, published on the parish Web site, is after the jump: