Pro-Life Group Criticizes Kerry for Receiving Holy Communion

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - A pro-life group is fired up at presidential candidate John Kerry because the Democrat reportedly received Holy Communion despite his pro-abortion views while attending Mass during his Idaho ski trip on Sunday.

According to the American Spectator report, Kerry arrived late to Mass wearing a ski suit and making a lot of noise. The paper quoted an unnamed member of Kerry's staff who said, "It was just a media-op...We set it up with some reporters that we knew were going to be there."

The American Life League's Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church found the entire display appalling.

"That Sen. John Kerry is willing to use the holy sacrifice of the Mass as a 'media op' shows his utter contempt for the faith he claims to embrace. This is disgusting," said Joseph M. Starrs, director of ALL's Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church.

"The senator and his staff should publicly apologize to Our Lady of the Snows parish, its pastor and congregation, and to all faithful Catholics for this charade. Christ said, 'Come to me, all you who are weary.' He didn't say, 'Come to me, all you who would use my church in a cheap attempt to shamelessly promote your ambitions," Starrs said.

"Archbishop Sean O'Malley of Boston has made clear that those in his archdiocese who support abortion on demand, such as Kerry, should voluntarily stop receiving this sacrament," he said.

"Obviously, this is not enough for Kerry, so we renew our request to Archbishop O'Malley that he consider further action. We also would ask that he consider the example of Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis, who used Church law (Cannon 915) to officially bar certain pro-abortion Catholics from receiving Communion," Starrs said.

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