MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - A California priest has stirred controversy by advising Catholics who voted for pro-abortion candidates to go to confession before receiving communion.
In a letter to 15,000 parishioners in Modesto, the Rev. Joseph Illo wrote, "Don't risk losing your state of grace by receiving sacrilegiously."
But Bishop Stephen Blaire of the Diocese of Stockton said confession would be necessary only if someone voted for a candidate specifically because of his or her support of abortion.
Last month, a Catholic priest in South Carolina drew attention for telling parishioners they should refrain from receiving Communion if they voted for Obama because of his pro-abortion rights position.
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