Kennedy Catholicism

The indifference of Catholic elected officials to Church teachings is so common that it rarely attracts attention, but there are occasional exceptions.  When at least five fervently pro-abortion politicians took Communion at papal Masses this April, from the hands of the Pope’s representative to the United States, even the New York Times and the Washington Post had to take notice.

During Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senators Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Christopher Dodd received Communion at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., while former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani did so at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  In Giuliani’s case, this was especially troublesome, since the unabashed defender of abortion rights only sporadically attends Mass and is married to a third wife even though his second marriage was not annulled by the Church.  Edward Cardinal Egan issued a statement saying, “I deeply regret that Mr. Giuliani received the Eucharist during the papal visit here in New York,” and indicated that he had admonished Giuliani to stay away from the Communion rail when he became archbishop in 2000.

Yet pro-abortion Catholics are unafraid to receive Communion even in the presence of the Pope, who said last year that “The killing of an innocent human child is incompatible with going into Communion in the...

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