John Kerry and John Edwards were dished another setback last month in their quest to appear as men of deep abiding Faith. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who serves as the Pope's doctrinal adviser, sent a memo to the U.S. Catholic Bishop's conference asking priests to warn pro-abortion politicians that, unless they change their position, they are ineligible to receive Communion. Although the memo never specifically mentioned John Kerry, many portions could have easily been written directly to the Massachusetts Senator.
Maintaining a moral, church-going image is a growing challenge for the two Johns. In fact, it's long been an issue for the entire Democratic Party. How can they appeal to down-to-earth Christian Americans in a way that looks genuine? It's not easy, especially when you're talking about two of the most liberal members of the United States Senate.
How do they intend to pull it off? Simple: Lots of photo ops in front of church buildings, lots of talk about their deep abiding faith (although not too much), and lots of partaking in Communion. That last part is perhaps the most important. Why? Because the Lord's Supper is the one ritual every Christian is supposed to participate in. Many consider it a litmus test for true Christianity. Obviously, Kerry and Edwards are going to have to take Communion if they intend to appeal to the Faithful in America.
That's all fine and dandy, except for one little problem: The Catholic Church disdains John Kerry's fanatically pro-abortion voting record. That brings up the possibility of no Communion for Kerry, something he simply can't afford. But low and behold, here comes John Edwards, the good ol' boy from North Carolina, with the answer to Kerry's Communion woes. . . if only his Methodist church allows it.
The rest of the article is interesting as this Methodist goes to Church to find Sen. Edwards also going and the non-reaction to this strong proponent of abortion by both the minister and the other people there.
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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.