As Barack Obama closed in on the Democratic presidential nomination, Catholic supporters of the Illinois senator have been challenged on the nominee’s pro-choice stance.
Douglas W. Kmiec, a friend of Obama and a former aide to two presidents, says he was denied Communion by a priest because he has publicly endorsed Obama. Mr. Kmiec, a legal scholar, claims he was was publicly “excoriated” by the celebrating priest when he attended a Mass following a gathering of Catholic chief executives.
“I did not expect to be clobbered by co-religionists,” he wrote in a newspaper column for what he described as his perceived “Obama-heresy.”
- Then in the city that will host this year’s Democratic National Convention, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput called on a formal group of Catholic Obama supporters to urge the candidate “to act differently” on his support for abortion rights:
- “Changing the views of ‘pro-choice’ candidates takes a lot more than verbal gymnastics, good alibis and pious talk about ‘personal opposition’ to killing unborn children.” the Archbishop stated.
As the Archbishop requires, should Senator Obama change his views and “act differently” by opposing abortion?
Other Catholic heavyweights are also starting to crack the whip on Obama’s supporters.
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is the Catholic Governor of Kansas. She is also high on Obama’s short list to be vice-president. Under very restricted circumstances she supports the pro=choice position on abortion. Recently Kansas Archbishop Joseph Naumann wrote Governor Sebelius warning her to stop receiving Communion at Mass until she dropped her pro-choice position. He threatened her with further unspecified actions unless she obeyed.
Should Obama change his position and opposer abortion?
What do you think?