Ottawa’s Catholic archbishop says he
will refuse communion
to any politician who “obstinately” supports access to abortion, but
he or she cannot be persuaded to stand down.
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast made the comment yesterday, expanding
remarks he made at a recent Theology on Tap question-and-answer session
Malone’s Lakeside Grill at the Dow’s Lake Pavilion.
At the event, an audience member asked if the church should invoke
915, which deals with who may or may not receive communion.
He told the crowd: “I think if a bishop is going to involve Canon 915,
to know (the politicians), and speak with them or have the priest speak
“As a Jesuit principle, I have to put the best possible interpretation
neighbour’s proposition, then speak to him about it, and only then draw
line and say, ‘Look, given your stubbornness on this position, I think
should not publicly receive communion until you change your mind’.
The rest of the article
unsurprisingly gives voice to Rosemary Ganley, co-ordinator
for a Free Choice Canada who as you would expect knows as much about
law as she does about the sanctity of life.