(Prime Buzz) - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius should stop taking Communion until she repudiates her support for the “serious moral evil” of abortion, the Catholic archbishop for northeast Kansas says.
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, also criticized the governor Friday for her recent veto of a bill imposing new restrictions on abortion providers.
In a column published in the archdiocesan newspaper The Leaven, (read it below) Naumann called on the Catholic governor to take the “necessary steps for amendment of her life.”
Naumann later told The Kansas City Star that would involve a confession, a public apology and a promise to undo the damage done by her “scandalous behavior that has misled people into dangerous behavior.”
Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran said the governor had not seen the column, but said “receiving Communion has not been a problem in the past for her.”
The issue of Catholic politicians taking Communion arose again recently because of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States. In New York, Cardinal Edward Egan said former mayor Rudy Guiliani had broken “an understanding” by accepting Communion at a papal Mass.
Four years ago, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said leaders who support abortion rights were “cooperating in evil” and their bishop should decide whether to deny them Communion...
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