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    Saturday, October 28, 2006

    Hiding places getting scarce


    Despite indications that the retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, has shifted position on the issue of denying communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, the diocesan spokesperson says this is not the case."[McCarrick's stance has] been consistent, and it will remain consistent," Susan Gibbs told Cybercast News Service.

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    The emphasis should be placed on the individual who goes to receive communion rather than on the priest who is administering communion, according to Gibbs."[Catholic pro-abortion] politicians should not approach for communion, period. And he would explain that to a politician," she said.

    "Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law..." the document reads.

    Donahue said "the consensus is growing" among bishops on the issue of denying communion to Catholic candidates supportive of abortion rights. The change raises a question, he added.

    "What happens to a pro-choice Catholic? This should make those pro-choice Catholics somewhat nervous, because it's not going to wash."

    We have all these fine folks who are divorced and remarried and through
    personal integrity refrain from communion.

    And we have sneaky politicians who are used to finding loopholes to support
    their cause. They operate from who they are, not who they claim to be.

    Looks like the loopholes are shrinking.

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