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Here is a new twist on the abortion = no communion debate in the Catholic church.  A priest in South Carolina doesn’t want Obama voters to receive communion unless they have done penance.  

“The priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in downtown Greenville has told parishioners that those who voted for Barack Obama placed themselves under divine judgment because of his stance on abortion and shouldn’t receive Holy Communion until they’ve done penance

The Rev. Jay Scott Newman told The Greenville News on Wednesday that church teaching doesn’t allow him to refuse Holy Communion to anyone based on political choices, but that he’ll continue to deliver the church’s strong teaching on the “intrinsic and grave evil of abortion” as a hidden form of murder.”

Is this allowed in the Roman Catholic church?  Can a priest decide who gets to partake of the eucharist based on politics?  Any readers know?

 

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