Recently, a South Carolina priest stated that parishioners who took communion risked their souls if they voted for Obama. From the link:
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.”
At least there has been some dissent. From the same article:
“Father Newman is off base,” said Steve Krueger, national director of Catholic Democrats. “He is acting beyond the authority of a parish priest to say what he did. … Unfortunately, he is doing so in a manner that will be of great cost to those parishioners who did vote for Sens. Obama and Biden. There will be a spiritual cost to them for his words.”
So, how does this work exactly? Were Newman’s words an accidental magical incantation that has now put the souls of all Obama voting Catholics at risk? One does need to worry about accidentally throwing evil spells around, lest the unwary have left their protective magic cloaks in the closet.
So, I wonder if Newman did a detailed analysis of McCain to discover that there was nothing, absolutely nothing about his policies that are contrary to Catholic dogma? I wonder if he considered that Obama actually does want to reduce the number of abortions without stripping away the rights of women? This single issue dogmatic approach to politics is short sighted, dangerous, and irresponsible. Even more dangerous are people like Newman consistently thrusting religion into the political sphere. Perhaps the tax exempt status for St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, South Caroliina should be stripped.