Pro-Life Activists Target US Catholic Bishops' Meeting

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - America's Catholic bishops are meeting in the Denver suburb of Englewood this week, and conservative Christians will rally outside the meeting -- urging the bishops to deny communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion.

Randall Terry, the founder of Operation Rescue, announced he will lead a 50-hour continuous vigil at the bishops' meeting, asking them to address the "scandal" involving Sen. John F. Kerry and others.

Terry and other pro-life activists have written an open letter to the bishops, criticizing Sen. Kerry's "obstinate support" of abortion and homosexual marriage.

"We are asking the Bishops to withhold Communion from politicians who support the murder of unborn children, and to declare to Catholics that they cannot in good conscience vote for any candidate that supports the killing of children by abortion," Terry said in a press release.

In the open letter to bishops, Terry said, "Every time John Kerry receives communion, it says that the Body and Blood of Christ are not that sacred, and that the murder of innocent children is not that evil: It says that Holy Communion is not that holy, and that child-killing is not that profane. Such a message is intolerable."

Terry also singled out Rudy Giuliani, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Pataki, and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy as supporters of abortion. "Their behavior is equally scandalous," Terry wrote.

As part of this week's demonstration, pro-life activists plan to hold press conferences and vigils in front of Catholic bishops' offices around the country.

The bishops' meeting, which is closed to the public, runs through Saturday.

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