Catholic lawmaker asked to quit choir for supporting abortion

.- A Catholic priest has asked one of his parishioners to stop leading the church choir because her pro-abortion position as a Massachusetts state representative is counter to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Fr. William Cleary, the new pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Andover, told The Eagle-Tribune that since Barbara L’Italien rejects the Church's teaching on life issues, she cannot "be standing up at the pulpit singing or directing singing."

L'Italien, a lifelong member of the parish, says Fr. Cleary made the request after she was re-elected two weeks ago.

L'Italien told the newspaper that she refused the priest’s request and will not consider it unless she receives it in writing.


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