Colorado bishop refusing communion to liberal voters

by on May 15th, 2004,1413,36~64~2147524,00.html

The bishop of Colorado’s second-largest Roman Catholic diocese has issued a pastoral letter saying Catholics cannot receive Communion if they vote for politicians who support abortion rights, stem-cell research, euthanasia or gay marriage.

Only after citizens reverse their positions and repent for their sins in the confessional would access to the central ritual of the church be restored, Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan instructed 125,000 Catholics in his charge.

Sheridan singles out politicians who support abortion rights, stem-cell research and euthanasia, saying those candidates “ipso facto place themselves outside full communion with the Church and so jeopardize their salvation.”

Sheridan goes a step further than most bishops by saying Catholics who vote for such candidates will “suffer the same fateful consequences.”