- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 8, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius - an avid abortion proponent - as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services raises serious questions for pro-life Catholics. Her “advocacy of abortion rights so outraged her hometown bishop last spring that he told her to distance herself from the Communion table,” (“Sebelius poses dilemma to Wuerl,” On Faith, Thursday).

The nomination of the Kansas governor is hardly surprising given President Obama’s radical pro-abortion mind-set. What is an abomination to most Catholics and evangelicals - the murder of the innocent unborn child - is of little consequence to Mr. Obama.

It is hardly any wonder that Catholic prelates have banned Communion to congregants who have violated the teachings of the church. Following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit with Pope Benedict XVI last month, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver “served notice she better not be taking Communion in his diocese.”

In short, the Catholic electorate is in large part to blame for the radical appointments of the president. The fact that 54 percent of Catholics voted for him - when the handwriting was on the wall - is a classic illustration of the misguided perceptions of Catholic voters. Yet the electorate paid scant attention to the warnings of their prelates and elected a candidate whose political ideology was totally opposed to the teachings of the church. The appointment of Mrs. Sebelius is a case in point.

BRIAN STUCKEY

Denver

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