Unfortunately, Dick McCoy’s defense of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ stand on abortion lacks all logic (5/15, Opinion, “As I See It: Kansas archbishop’s stand on abortion reaches too far”).
Simply put, abortion is murder. Murder is the unlawful killing of one human being by another, especially with premeditated malice. To restrict or otherwise outlaw abortion, therefore, does not run roughshod over anyone’s “founding principles of individual religious liberty.” It does, in fact, protect the rights of the unborn.
Archbishop Naumann recently counseled Gov. Sebelius to refrain from Communion because of her support of abortion. Archbishop Naumann did not attack Gov. Sebelius. As the leader of Catholics in this diocese, he has the responsibility to guide his followers in the church’s teachings.
If one professes to be a Catholic, one must, in good conscience, follow the Church’s teachings. The Church is clear in its position on the importance of all life, including the unborn.
I am a convert to Catholicism because of its position on life and the belief in Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist — our Communion. How can Catholics not be supportive of our archbishop for lovingly counseling our governor on her church’s teachings and its members’ responsibilities?
Our religious beliefs must guide our actions, or they have no value to ourselves or others. Thankfully, our country’s founders acted on theirs.
I am once again dismayed by the Catholic Church’s single-minded focus on abortion to the exclusion of myriad other life issues. While Archbishop Naumann has expressed his belief that Gov. Sebelius should not receive Communion because he perceives her position on abortion as counter to church teaching, no one in the church seems the least bit upset that Catholic Supreme Court justices recently upheld the death penalty as an acceptable form of punishment.
The Catholic Church has consistently taught that the death penalty is against the teachings of Christ, but I’ve never heard anyone suggest that Justice Scalia or Chief Justice Roberts should be denied Communion. Such selective application of doctrine undermines the credibility of the church, especially when used in an election year.
Bert S. Braud
While I do not agree with Gov. Sebelius’ stand on abortion, I can think of no greater impact on her life than that of Holy Communion.
Because as Catholics we believe that the host contains the actual being of Christ, I would pray that with greater reception of the Sacrament that God can work miracles in her life and bring about her conversion.
To deny Christ’s work in her life through the Sacraments seems detrimental to our goal of respecting life from conception to the grave.