Okay, now, being born into an Irish Catholic family, I have felt a particular connection to this whole fiasco about whether or not Kerry, a devout Catholic, should receive communion. This came about when Archbishop O'Malley of Boston told Kerry and other catholic pro-choice lawmakers in his diocese, that they should not try to receive communion, however, he did not ban priests from doing so. This is not uncommon, because for years, O'Malley has held this stance, and so did his predecessor. But what was mere posturing became much more when Archbishop Raymond "Shithead" Burke made comments MONTHS after O'Malley made those statements, declaring that HE would refuse Kerry communion if he were to attend mass in St. Louis, and that "Kerry should obey his archbishop and not receive communion" Of course, Archbishop O'Malley did not tell Kerry he couldn't have communion - just that Kerry should reconsider doing so. Burke had issued a ban in his own diocese, saying, "Universal church law provides that such persons are not to be admitted to Holy Communion." Which is bullshit. You can only be denying communion if you're a heretic, excommunicated or not Catholic (the last one I don't agree with, but whatever).
Burke declares that not only pro-choice lawmakers are affected by this ban, but those who support euthanasia, stem-cell research and other absurdities. However, one thing he convienently did not mention: execution. Mind you, the Catholic church STRONGLY opposes the death penalty. Whenever a head of state is going to authorize an execution, the Catholic Church knows about it, and the pope himself calls up that official and pleads with them. I would like to note that George W Bush had a strong working relationship with the Pope as Governor of Texas. But apparently it's okay to give communion to those support killing a grown man, but not a man who supports a woman's right to choose to terminate a pregnancy.
And might I add that there is no precedent in Church law for denying a lay Catholic who party of the church communion. This is all baseless. And retarded.
I do not blame the Catholic Church, as many have been doing for this. The Church itself is quite clear in what it stands for. It's these renegade bishops who are jumping into the political spectrum, who violate their OWN church's teachings by supporting the death penalty. These bishops need to be put into line. The Pope needs to put in a few calls.