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Catholic Leaders Will Keep No Communion Instruction for Pro-Abortion Sebelius

Washington, DC ( -- Should pro-abortion Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius become President Barack Obama's health secretary, she will likely be asked to continue refraining from receiving communion at Washington-area Catholic churches. In May 2008, her own archbishop told her to not present herself for communion.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City called on Sebelius to take the "necessary steps for amendment of her life" because of her strongly pro-abortion position.

He said Sebelius needs to refrain from receiving communion until she changes her position supporting abortion.

Now, two Washington area bishops, Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington and Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, Virginia, both said they would enforce the communion request Naumann put in place if Sebelius lives within their jurisdictions.

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Slowly, something is changing. We're turning a corner. Pick a metaphor, whatever, but something is different.

Ten years ago bishops were not willing to fight scandals like the Obama speech. After all, Cuomo spoke at Notre Dame and didn't evoke public letters from over a dozen bishops. Some of these are explicitly speaking of what an "outrage" this scandal is.

Ten years ago bishops weren't saying publicly that pro-abort pols should remain in the pew during Holy Communion, let alone that the bishops would work together to support one another in maintaining church discipline.

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