Pro-abortion stalwarts John Kerry and Frances Kissling, President of the misnamed "Catholics for Choice," are upset that Cardinal Arinze has spoken in defense of the Eucharist (see extraordinary Associated Press report). They claim that religion should not be an election issue. The cardinal is not concerned about the election. He is concerned about the Most Blessed Sacrament and its defense. If Kerry does not want this issue to come up, then he can do the honorable thing and stop receiving the Eucharist until such time that he can bring himself to disavow his pro-abortion crusade. Kerry has it in his hands to defuse the issue concerning the Eucharist by taking responsibility for his views instead of trying to have things both ways. You can't receive the Eucharist and support abortion. In politics, taking contradictory positions is considered normal, especially in Kerry's case. The problem is that it doesn't work that way in Catholicism. It is Kerry who is mixing religion and politics by trying to make Catholicism bend to his political position on abortion.
Kissling remarks in disbelief that if the Church refuses the Eucharist to Kerry, the Church must do likewise with numerous other politicians, including the grand, red-faced Old Plutocrat himself, Edward Kennedy. She's right on that narrow point: the Church must disassociate herself strongly from the powerful purveyors of sacrilege, including Kennedy. This can be the Church's finest moment in American history when, in the tradition of Saints Thomas á Becket and Thomas More, she refuses to succumb to the embraces of the powerful. Archbishop O' Malley of Boston has correctly gotten rid of the old episcopal palace in the suburbs of Boston. It is time for him to disentangle the Church from the corrupting embraces of the likes of Kennedy and Kerry. And let the chips fall where they may.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.