After private conversations and warnings to Kathleen Sebelius about her scandalous abortion record did not produce any change of heart, Archbishop Joseph Naumann (Kansas City, KS) instructed her to stop presenting herself for Holy Communion. He did this privately in August 2007 and publicly in May 2008.
After becoming HHS head this spring, Sebelius was coy when asked whether she would be seen at Church. But Naumann’s rebuke has borne other fruit among his brethren, welcomed by serious pro-lifers of all denominations this week.
Bishop Thomas Tobin (Providence, Rhode Island) has been publicly reprimanding “Catholic” Rep. Patrick Kennedy about his “embarrassing” abortion record and his criticism of the Church’s opposition to health insurance proposals.
After Kennedy voted against the pivotal Stupak pro-life amendment Nov. 7 and cancelled a meeting to discuss the situation, Bishop Tobin wrote a letter, published in Monday’s local Catholic newspaper, saying Kennedy’s pro-abortion stance puts him at odds with the Catholic Church.
It is not known whether Bishop Tobin has, or will, instruct Kennedy to refrain from Communion, but it seems likely– thanks to Archbishop Naumann.