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Pelosi Sees Some Hypocrisy in Communion Decision

She questions why death-penalty supporters aren't denied the Eucharist

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Tuesday on the decision by San Francisco's conservative Catholic archbishop to deny her Communion over her support of abortion rights, saying she respects that people have opposing views but not when they impose them on others, reports the AP . In comments made on...

Archbishop to Pelosi: No More Communion for You

San Francisco's Salvatore Cordileone says House speaker must repudiate support for abortion rights

(Newser) - The conservative Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Friday that he'll no longer allow US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to receive Communion because of her support for abortion rights. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he sent Pelosi a letter April 7 expressing his concerns after she vowed to codify the...

Girl, 7, Shows Off Her Communion Wine Chugging Skills

Watch the priest's face as Brynley Heidebrink goes to town on that chalice

(Newser) - You're not usually supposed to throw back Holy Communion wine like it's last call at the local watering hole, especially if you're only 7, but Brynley Heidebrink just broke the mold. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that the little girl celebrated her first communion on April...

Biden Reunites With Pope in 'Unusually Long' Meeting
Biden: Pope Says I Should
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Biden: Pope Says I Should Keep Taking Communion

Says pontiff called him a 'good Catholic'

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated to include more details on the visit, including the president's comments on communion and abortion. President Biden said Pope Francis told him Friday that he should continue to receive Communion, as the world's two most prominent Roman Catholics ran overtime in private...

Vatican to US Bishops: Don't Try to Deny Biden Communion

Issue has caused rift between Rome, conservative bishops

(Newser) - Trouble is brewing between the Vatican and American bishops over the right of America's second Catholic president to receive Communion. The Vatican has issued what the New York Times calls "a remarkably public stop sign" telling conservative bishops not to try to deny the sacrament to President Biden...

Bishops Receive a Caution Over Communion Penalty

Letter from Vatican sets up steps before withholding sacrament from Biden

(Newser) - The head of the Vatican's doctrine office is warning US bishops to deliberate carefully and minimize divisions before proceeding with any plan to rebuke Roman Catholic politicians such as President Biden for receiving Communion even though they support abortion rights. The strong words of caution came in a letter...

Bishops Could Vote on Biden Taking Communion

President's support for abortion rights bothers some in the church

(Newser) - President Biden presents a dilemma to some Catholic bishops. He's demonstrative about his faith, attending Mass regularly and saying the rosary when he has a moment of solitude. But Biden supports abortion rights, which the Catholic Church opposes. That difference will come up for discussion by the US Conference...

Parents: Our Autistic Son 'Is Being Shunned' by Church

NJ couple says 8-year-old was turned down for first Holy Communion because he's nonverbal

(Newser) - A New Jersey couple is railing against their church for a "disgraceful and disheartening" act against their 8-year-old son, which they say is due to his disability. Per NBC News , Anthony LaCugna is autistic and nonverbal, and because of that, his parents say, Saint Aloysius Church in Jackson refused...

Catholics, Your Communion Wafers Must Have Gluten

So rules the Vatican

(Newser) - Catholics on a gluten-free diet may want to skip the line when receiving Holy Communion during Mass celebration. The Vatican has decreed that the small wafers, or hosts, used in the ceremony must contain gluten, reports the BBC . The directive went out to bishops worldwide in a letter posted by...

Pope Bends Divorce Rules for Woman: Reports

But Vatican says it's not a shift in church policy on taking communion

(Newser) - Word has it that the pope told a woman in Argentina it was OK to take communion, even though she was married to a man who'd been divorced. The reports have prompted questions about whether the Catholic Church is changing its teachings on the matter—but the Vatican says...

Venezuela: Churches Running Out of Wine

Consecrated bread makers hike prices

(Newser) - The Catholic Church in Venezuela could use the services of somebody who can turn water into wine: Its only supplier has stopped selling wine to the church and priests are in danger of running out of supplies with which to celebrate Mass, the BBC reports. The country's only wine...

Priest: I Had to Deny Lesbian Communion

Guarnizo defends self, outrages family with 'blatant falsehoods'

(Newser) - Father Marcel Guarnizo isn't taking his suspension sitting down. The embattled priest, who's been criticized for denying a lesbian communion at her mother's funeral, released a statement on CNS News today defending himself and blasting the archdiocese for suspending him. He says Barbara Johnson revealed her sexuality...

Church Suspends Priest Who Denied Lesbian Communion

But says punishment not connected to incident

(Newser) - The priest who barred a lesbian from taking communion at her mother's funeral has been suspended from ministry, his archdiocese said in a letter, according to MSNBC . A pastor who read the letter at masses this weekend says the serious punishment wasn't tied to the communion issue but...

Lesbian Denied Communion —at Mother's Funeral

Archdiocese of Washington says the public move went against 'policy'

(Newser) - These certainly weren't the gentle and consoling words Barbara Johnson expected to hear at her mother's funeral on Saturday: When attempting to take Communion at the service at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Md., the priest "put his hand over the body of Christ and...

Phoenix Catholics: No More Wine for You at Mass

Bishop says communion wafers will suffice on their own

(Newser) - The bishop of Phoenix is instituting a new rule for Catholics in his diocese: No more wine at mass except during special occasions, reports the Arizona Republic . The ruling means the chalice will no longer be offered during communion to represent the blood of Christ, as it has been since...

Vatican Issues Warning on Angels, Demons Sect

Members believe women who have abortions are possessed by the devil

(Newser) - The Vatican has issued a warning to bishops to watch out for an ultra right-wing Catholic sect that prays to angels to combat demons, and believes women who have had abortions are possessed by the devil. Dozens of priests and nuns are part of the group, Opus Angelorum, and some...

Priest in Doghouse After Giving Pooch Communion

Anglican cleric apologizes after flap

(Newser) - An interim priest at an Anglican church in Toronto has apologized to her flock after giving communion to a dog, apparently on a whim. The National Post sees it as a sort of proxy fight between liberal and conservative branches, but the priest herself just wants the story to go...

Church Accuses Berlusconi of Sacrilege

Divorced PM's taking of Holy Communion enrages priest, bishop

(Newser) - The relationship between Italy's two most reliable sources of sex scandals appears to be on the rocks. A furious Catholic priest has accused controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of "sacrilege" for recently taking communion at a celebrity funeral and breaking the church ban on sacraments for divorced people...

Zip It on Communion Ban: Bishop to Kennedy
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Zip It on Communion Ban: Bishop to Kennedy

Tobin thinks Patrick's spiritual matters should be left private

(Newser) - The bishop who had the nerve to tell a Kennedy not to take communion—because he supports abortion rights—is steamed that he blabbed about it. “I am disappointed that the congressman would make public my pastoral and confidential request,” says Bishop Thomas Tobin of Patrick Kennedy. He...

RI Bishop Disses Kennedy Over Pro-Choice Stance
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RI Bishop Disses Kennedy Over Pro-Choice Stance

Spat over Patrick's position on abortion escalates

(Newser) - Health care reform, the cause of his father's life, has made Rep. Patrick Kennedy persona non grata in his Rhode Island parish—thanks to the furor over publicly funded abortion. As the debate rages, Bishop Thomas Tobin has told the only public servant remaining in America's most famous Catholic family...

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