I refer here to an news article found at msnbc.com when I say the following *note sarcasm in voice* … Hellfire and damnation shall bathe the supporters of President-elect Obama … well, in that case, put a reserved sign out for me near the fireplace.
I may not be Catholic, so perhaps my perceptions are misconstrued, but I feel that no one has the right to tell others how to vote. Voting is not a God given right. It is a privilege that has been fought for by many all over the world, not just in the United States. So forgive me when I say … who the hell does this priest think he is to bring his perceptions into place and say that those who attend his church … BY CHOICE, no less, cannot or should not take Holy Communion.
Since many news type items tend to be removed from sites over time, I am reprinting the article for my followers convenience.
Priest: No communion for Obama supporters
Priest says it’s because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion
COLUMBIA, S.C. – A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him “constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil.”
The Rev. Jay Scott Newman said in a letter distributed Sunday to parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote.
“Our nation has chosen for its chief executive the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president,” Newman wrote, referring to Obama by his full name, including his middle name of Hussein.
“Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exits constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ’s Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation.”
Risking their immortal soul
During the 2008 presidential campaign, many bishops spoke out on abortion more boldly than four years earlier, telling Catholic politicians and voters that the issue should be the most important consideration in setting policy and deciding which candidate to back. A few church leaders said parishioners risked their immortal soul by voting for candidates who support abortion rights.
But bishops differ on whether Catholic lawmakers — and voters — should refrain from receiving Communion if they diverge from church teaching on abortion. Each bishop sets policy in his own diocese. In their annual fall meeting, the nation’s Catholic bishops vowed Tuesday to forcefully confront the Obama administration over its support for abortion rights.
According to national exit polls, 54 percent of Catholics chose Obama, who is Protestant. In South Carolina, which McCain carried, voters in Greenville County — traditionally seen as among the state’s most conservative areas — went 61 percent for the Republican, and 37 percent for Obama.
“It was not an attempt to make a partisan point,” Newman said in a telephone interview Thursday. “In fact, in this election, for the sake of argument, if the Republican candidate had been pro-abortion, and the Democratic candidate had been pro-life, everything that I wrote would have been exactly the same.”
I believe we ALL have a choice to vote for who WE feel is the best person for whatever position concerned. When family, church or whomever pour guilt onto us for that decision … it IS wrong.