COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A priest at a South Carolina Roman Catholic church says his parishioners shouldn't take Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because of the Democrat's stance on abortion.
The Rev. Jay Scott Newman says church law doesn't allow him to
refuse parishioners the sacrament at St. Mary's Catholic Church in
Greenville. But he says his congregants shouldn't take Communion
until they do penance for supporting "the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president."
Newman's decision was first reported by The Greenville News.
The decision is not sitting well with Steve Krueger, the national director of Catholic Democrats. He says the priest is "off-base" and acting beyond the authority of a parish priest.
In their annual meeting, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops vowed Tuesday to forcefully confront the Obama administration over its support for abortion rights.
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