Seattle Archbishop Alex Brunett said today that "he would not deny Holy Communion to politicians because of their stances on abortion, the death penalty or other issues," Gene Johnson reports in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Last month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said that lawmakers who consistently support abortion rights [sic] or euthanasia were "cooperating in evil," but that individual bishops could decide whether the politicians should be denied Holy Communion.
Archbishop Brunett has decided that priests "should not take it upon themselves to deny Holy Communion to anyone who presents themselves. That would have the result of denying Eucharist participation without due process."
"Due process"—something that the victims of abortion and euthanasia will never receive.
Meanwhile Spokane Bishop William Skylstad has decided that he will not deny Sen. Kerry or other pro-abort politicians Communion, saying "the sacrament should not be used as a weapon," while Bishop Carlos Sevilla of Yakima has not made his decision public.
Washington's three most prominent female politicians—U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Attorney General Christine Gregoire, the Democratic party's front-runner for the gubernatorial nomination, are all Catholics and longtime advocates of...abortion rights. Murray and Cantwell are also Democrats.
Gregoire campaign spokesman Morton Brilliant said Gregoire is still taking Communion publicly and regularly attends church at St. Michael in Olympia.
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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.