Friday, November 14, 2008

Forgive Me Father, For I have Sinned...

The Rev. Jay Scott Newman, a South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil." He sent out a letter to parishioners that they need to do penance for the vote before they can receive communion.

Being RC, I can say the Reverend is within his right to say what he did and while any church is not supposed to endorse a particular candidate, it is perfectly fine to stress the importance of voting for someone whose beliefs and action reflect church teachings and values. On the other hand, I will advise the dear Father with the words of George Carlin: I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it. And so it goes Reverend Newman.

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