- The Washington Times - Monday, March 9, 2009

In her column, “Sebelius poses dilemma to Wuerl” (Faith, Thursday), Julia Duin wonders how Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl would handle a directive to take immediate action to prohibit Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Kansas Democrat, President Barack Obama’s nominee for health and human services secretary, as well as any other pro-choice Catholics within the Archdiocese of Washington, from receiving Communion.

Ms. Duin believes that the failure of Archbishop Wuerl and his predecessor Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick to deny Communion to pro-choice Catholics is allowing our churches in Washington to function as an “ecclesiastical duty-free zone.” As a pro-choice Catholic, I offer my praise to both men for their leadership in keeping our churches and pews of Washington a “political-duty-free zone.”

In last year’s election, 54 percent of Catholics voted for President Obama. This clearly shows that American Catholics are more concerned with issues that affect all Americans, despite the claims of some that the issue of abortion must trump all others.

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It is unfair to demand that any Catholic must sacrifice their faith or their politics at the altar or in the voting both. It is a great testament to our country that our faith and our politics can be practiced separately. It is unfair to all of us, of any faith, for anyone to demand that one be practiced in concert with the other.



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