The religion news blog 'Get Religion" has a good roundup of news on the Kerry Communion scandal, noting that Kerry plans to venture into the homestate of Archbishop Chaput and Bishop Sheridan, who have been making headlines at Episcopal Spine Alert with their bold defense of the faith:
Kerry is planning a fundraising event in posh Aspen, followed by several events in Denver.
This is especially interesting since this visit falls during a June 14-19 U.S. Catholic Bishops gathering at the Inverness Hotel in suburban Denver. As veteran Rocky Mountain News religion reporter Jean Torkelson noted, this quiet meeting "may be the most misnamed 'spiritual retreat' in history."
This mile-high prayer meeting will be hosted by Archbisop Charles Chaput of Denver, with, it would be assumed, the symbolic help of Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan. Please note that neither of these men has been silent on the issue of abortion and other Catholic moral teachings during this election year.
Although the USCCB has put together a task force led by Washington, D.C., Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to examine the issue of pro-abortion Catholic politicians (which conveniently, and perhaps cowardly, chose to postpone presentation of its results until after the election), the Rocky Mountain News is reporting that, as host of the gathering, Archbishop Sheridan may force a more prompt consideration of the issue:
As host, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput will invite the bishops to discuss what to do about giving communion to Catholic politicians - many now on the campaign trail - who disregard the church's teaching against abortion.
"It seems like an opportune time (to discuss). It's been on people's minds," said Chaput's communication director, Sergio Gutierrez.
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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.