Akin can't comment on Kerry in particular because his organization is a nonprofit. But he says church law clearly states that someone who is "obstinately persevering in manifestly grave sin" shouldn't receive communion.
"Advocating a horrendous evil like baby killing is a grave sin. If it's publicly known, that's manifest, and if you do it regularly, that's persevering," Akin said. "And if you do it after you've been warned, that's obstinately. So it would seem that a Catholic politician who's been spoken to about the matter ... is therefore not to be admitted to Holy Communion," Akin said.
Mr. Akin on his blog points out that he was quoting the Code of Canon Law. He also points out that there were several errors in the article that got printed.
The secular media is trying to cover this story because of the amount of attention it has gotten this political season. Unfortunately they are unfamiliar with both what Catholics believe about Communion and why in some cases people should be denied Communion. There has been a hodge-podge of coverage with a lot of misinformation mixed in. Yet it is a positive sign that it is getting covered at all.
Since the story of Monsignor Edward Kavanagh denying then Gov. Gray Davis annual trip to the orphanage because of his unapologetic pro-abortion stance to Bishop Robert Carlson leaked letter to Tom Daschle saying that Catholics have a "duty to be morally coherent." The story escalated when Bishop Raymond Burke wrote that politicians who support abortion or euthanasia are to be refused Holy Communion. With the prominence of a self-identifying Catholic John Kerry in the presidential race this has prompted other Bishops to respond to this scandal.
How this story is affecting people in the pews we don't know. But hopefully people will be reminded that Communion is not just some symbolic act. That when we receive and say amen that we are truly saying amen to all that the Church definitively teaches. That we all examine our consciences to see if we are truly following Christs' Church and whether we are in fact in communion with its teachings. That as St. Paul says that we are discerning the Body and Blood of our Lord when we receive the Eucharist.
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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.