All roads do not necessarily lead to Rome, as recent developments in the Garden State remind us.
In New Jersey, where pro-abortion Gov. James McGreevey has taken what the describes as "the rare step" of promising not to receive Communion at public Masses, another prominent CINO pol has chosen a different path.
Gov. McGreevey's announcement came after Archbishop John Myers, Newark, had declared that abortion supporters should not receive Communion, and Bishop Joseph Galante, Camden, had stated that he would be refused Communion. Adopting "a respectful tone," Gov. McGreevey promised to honor Bishop Meyers' request, showing himself a cut above the-Church-be-damned Sen. John F. Kerry.
Now comes news that State Senator Bernard Kenny (D-Hudson) has taken a profoundly more radical and reckless step, announcing that he "has decided to leave the Roman Catholic church after 57 years, citing Church demands that politicians vote in accordance with Catholic doctrine."
The former altar boy and Majority Leader of the New Jersey State Senate, who like McGreevey supports abortion and immoral stem-cell research, revealed that he had been advised by his pastor that he would offer him Communion one more time if he came to receive the sacrament, "but that then he would tell me not to come again."
All roads do not lead to Rome. The broad way leads to hell.
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