Friday, November 14, 2008

Here We Go Again, with a Twist

In a letter to parishioners, a Roman Catholic priest in South Carolina instructed anyone who voted for Obama to refrain from receiving Communion until they have done penance for their vote, "lest they eat and drink their own condemnation."

Um, yeah.

This is the first time I've come across parishioners receiving this treatment (usually it's just politicians themselves), and this is the first time I've seen this after an election. I guess this priest hasn't read the rather long "Faithful Citizenship" document released by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. It clearly states that Catholics can vote for whomever they choose, regardless of their candidate's stand on abortion -- if they have come to conclude, after praying and forming their social conscience, that they believe their candidate has other strengths that match their values better than the opponent. The only catch is that Catholics can't vote for a candidate precisely because of his or her views on abortion.

We've talked about this in previous posts, and of course we'll discuss it in future posts as well (including some discussion about Catholics, election exit polls, and how Catholics voted). For now, with 54% of Catholics voting for Obama, it looks like this South Carolina priest might have a significantly shorter Communion line this weekend, unless his confession hours are booked solid before mass.

More at Huffington Post.


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