Last week, yours truly predicted the debate on pro-choice Catholic politicians receiving Communion is going to heat up big time if Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius gets nominated as Obama’s new HHS secretary. That is, it’s one thing if the governor’s own archbishop, Joseph Naumann, has told her not to partake within the borders of the Kansas archdiocese. But what happens when she comes here?
Well, I got a VERY unhappy e-mail from the archdiocesan spokeswoman about that column. But, folks, this issue is not going away. I just saw a column written by Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (the Vatican’s highest court), posted Thursday, that states the governor should not be taking Communion anywhere in the country. His exact wording: “Whether Governor Sebelius is in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, or in any other diocese, she should not present herself for Holy Communion because, after pastoral admonition, she obstinately persists in serious sin.”
This was after Thomas McKenna, the interviewer, specifically asked him about whether she should take Communion in Washington, D.C. Burke also backs Archbishop Naumann for showing Sebelius the door, so to speak. The whole interview appears here on the Catholic Action for Faith and Family’s Web site.
- Julia Duin, religion editor