Archbishop Burke would refuse Kerry Communion


Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis would refuse to give the leading Democratic presidential candidate the Eucharist because of the politician’s support of abortion rights.

In a story dated Jan. 30, the archbishop told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he might give Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry a blessing, but not Communion.

In his former Diocese of La Crosse in Wisconsin, Burke instructed diocesan priests to refuse Communion to Catholic legislators who vote pro-abortion.

Kerry, a Catholic, said he shares the Church's anti-abortion views as an article of faith, but as a public official, he does not feel it is appropriate to legislate personal religious beliefs for the rest of the country.


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