WWW Opinion Times

Monday, October 18, 2004

Kerry said to be excommunicated

In a developing story: John Kerry is said to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church as reported by CWNews.com. Such a move would cause the church to deny communion and other sacraments of the Church to him.
A consultant to the Vatican has said Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has incurred the penalty of excommunication from the Catholic Church.

The consultant made his statement in a highly unusual letter to Marc Balestrieri, a Los Angeles canon lawyer who formally sued John Kerry in ecclesiastical court for heresy.

Balestrieri, who launched his case earlier this year by filing a heresy complaint in Kerry's home archdiocese of Boston, told EWTN's 'World Over' program on Friday that he had received an unusual, indirect communication from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the pro-abortion stance."

Balestreri has asked the church to take a strong stand to oppose those Catholics in government positions who claim to oppose abortion but support legislative and executive agendas which allow abortion to continue.

[Balestreri's heresy complaint] also provided a basis for Balestrieri to broaden his canonical actions and file additional complaints against four more pro-abortion Catholic politicians: Democrat Senators Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Tom Harkin of Iowa; Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine; and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, a Democrat.

This will cause a major battle within the American Catholic Church causing shockwaves in the political community. And it may have a negative effect on Kerry eroding much of his Catholic support nationwide. The Republican National Committee has worked hard generating support in the Catholic community in crucial swing states. In Ohio and Pennsylvania--the two states which have become key states in the race for Electoral College votes-- which have strong Catholic populations, this could help solidify the eleciton for President Bush.
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