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No Communion For You: Update.

November 15, 2008

In an earlier post, I wrote about Rev. Jay Scott Newman, a Catholic priest in South Carolina who told his parishioners that “they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote.”

Well, it looks like South Carolina’s Charleston-based Roman Catholic Diocese doesn’t agree with Rev. Newman’s sentiment. (source: Statement on Voting and Communion)

“As administrator of the Diocese of Charleston, let me state with clarity that Father Newman’s statements do not adequately reflect the Catholic Church’s teachings,” Monsignor Martin T. Laughlin said Friday in a posting on the diocese’s Web site. “Any comments or statements to the contrary are repudiated.”

Laughlin went on to say:

“Christ gives us freedom to explore our own conscience and to make our own decisions while adhering to the law of God and the teachings of the faith. Therefore, if a person has formed his or her conscience well, he or she should not be denied Communion, nor be told to go to confession before receiving Communion.

“We should all come together to support the President-elect and all elected officials with a view to influencing policy in favor of the protection of the unborn child. Let us pray for them and ask God to guide them as they take the mantle of leadership on January 20, 2009.”

Naturally, Rev. Newman backtracked, stating that his original statement had been misunderstood. Newman said that he didn’t intend for his comments to be seen beyond his parish and that he has received more than 3,500 emails from across the globe both in support of and condemning his comments.

Doesn’t seem like a misunderstanding to me.  He seemed pretty clear in what he meant.

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