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The Next Great Catholic Scandal?

Magie Gallagher

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Given the unqualified support of abortion by Greek Orthodox Senators Sarbannes and Snowe, Ghallager's criticism can apply to Orthodox Christianity as well.

Staywith me a minute. This is not a column about a presidential candidate. It's a column about a religion. My religion. And maybe yours, too. I'm a Roman Catholic. I woke up the day after Easter to find this headline in The New York Times: "Kerry Attends Easter Services and Receives Holy Communion."

Weird, right? It's hard to count all the ways. First, the "dog bites man" aspect: John Kerry, who describes himself as a "believing and practicing Catholic," goes to church on Easter. This is headline news? Second, there is the uneasy feeling that some unspoken boundary is, or is about to be, crossed. For faithful Catholics, communion is not just a nice ritual: It is the body and blood of Jesus Christ, and the ultimate sign of our willingness to be incorporated into the church...

You can't just blame The New York Times. The Catholic Church has begun to realize how big a problem it has on its hands: When highly visible Catholics dissent from the church's core teachings on things like abortion and remain Catholics in good standing, it is hard to see how the next generation of Catholics can avoid concluding the church is just not serious. You too can be a good Catholic AND support abortion -- John Kerry (not to mention Rudy Giuliani) is living proof.

Read the entire article on the Town Hall website.

Posted: 4/15/04



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