Friday, May 21, 2004

Arizona bishops: Communion OK for pro-choice politicians

The national debate over abortion rights between Catholic politicians and bishops, highlighted by the presidential candidacy of Sen. John Kerry, was joined on Thursday by two Arizona bishops who said they will not deny communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix said that instead of refusing to offer communion, he would attempt to use persuasion to educate politicians about church teachings.

"My job is to get to know the key people in the state and appeal to their consciences," he said.
Article here.

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