Thursday, May 31, 2007

UK: Cardinals issue abortion warning to MPs

Britain's two most senior Roman Catholic leaders intensified the debate on abortion yesterday by warning Catholic politicians who support terminations not to receive Holy Communion.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of Scotland's Catholics, said the abortion rate north of the border was now equivalent to "two Dunblane massacres a day".

His counterpart in England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, said for the first time that Catholic politicians who back abortion must clear their consciences before receiving the sacrament.


It's an improvement over silence, but it's still pretty weak. Really, the clergy should be exercising some discipline.

Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, said: "There is an implied call to Catholic politicians and health workers to place Catholic doctrine above the wishes of the electorate.

''This is undemocratic and unacceptable."

Okay, lose your soul for democracy, if it's of so little value to you.

As weak as this is, I still wish Canadian bishops were at least as blunt as this. Will they speak out when the 40th anniversary of legalization rolls around in Canada?

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