Columnist Bob Novak takes pro-abortion Catholics to task, as well as the Catholic bishops who permitted them to receive the Eucharist.
…which in turn, I hope, may have helped spur this from Cardinal Egan:
The Catholic Church clearly teaches that abortion is a grave offense against the will of God. Throughout my years as Archbishop of New York, I have repeated this teaching in sermons, articles, addresses, and interviews without hesitation or compromise of any kind. Thus it was that I had an understanding with Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, when I became Archbishop of New York and he was serving as Mayor of New York, that he was not to receive the Eucharist because of his well-known support of abortion. I deeply regret that Mr. Giuliani received the Eucharist during the Papal visit here in New York, and I will be seeking a meeting with him to insist that he abide by our understanding.
Very appropriate for a shepherd leading his flock, and it fits very well in the pro-life footsteps of his predecessor, Cardinal John O’Connor. Statements such as these take courage too… and for this Cardinal Egan is to be commended highly.