Catholic priest Rev. Jay Scott Newman has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving communion if they voted for Barack Obama. Why? Because Barack Obama doesn’t want to see women slaughtering themselves in effort to avoid being forced into life as government-controlled incubators. In other words, he supports the right to safe and legal abortion. And Newman is having none of that.
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 exists 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.”
You may have read about Newman already on other feminist blogs. What you may not have read is that he just so happens to be the feminist blogosphere’s own Daisy Deadhead’s priest. It’s a small world, isn’t it?
South Carolina is a death penalty state, as I have written before many times, and in the past, I organized prayer vigils for prisoners condemned to death. In fairness, Father Newman graciously allowed me use of the church and church facilities for these events, but notably did not himself attend.
I have to ask: Why doesn’t this abortion-logic apply to other issues? Anyone who voted for 100 more years of war, as well as the continuance of capital punishment and the denial of universal health care (leads to DEATH, you know), should also confess and ask for penance, in my ever-humble opinion.
And failing that, why can’t we simply call it a wash? Why is abortion the sole litmus test?
And Daisy, of course, is far from being the only Catholic to disagree with Newman. Nationwide, 54% of Catholics voted for Obama, and in South Carolina’s very conservative Greenville County where Newman preaches, 37% of Catholics voted for Obama. And, of course, many Catholics are in fact pro-choice and Catholic women have abortions at the same rate as other women.
It’s utterly ridiculous that we are seeing so many instances of religious figures telling their congregants how to vote, let alone challenging their right to worship based on political disagreement. It shouldn’t be happening. Especially when a vote for a pro-choice candidate is actually a vote for women’s lives.
Thankfully, at least someone is seeing reason. The Diocese of Charleston has rebuked Newman and his statements. It’d be great to believe it’s a sign that those in charge at the Catholic Church are finally getting a clue about the need for them to butt out of the political arena, but somehow I’m skeptical.
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