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emad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-21-04 08:15 AM
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8. More from the Independent: "Kerry hit by new threat in row..."
Kerry hit by new threat in abortion row with bishops
By Rupert Cornwell in Washington
21 May 2004


John Kerry's support of abortion rights has dragged the Democratic candidate into an increasingly politicised feud within the Roman Catholic church, with some senior church figures demanding that priests deny communion to him and all other pro-abortion Catholics.

Yesterday, 48 Democratic members of Congress who are Catholics wrote to the Archbishop of Washington DC, complaining that the threats by bishops to withhold communion were counterproductive, and dragging the church into a political quagmire.

The debate threatens to re-open tensions that appeared to have been laid to rest when John F Kennedy won the 1960 election to become the first Catholic president in US history. But that victory was secured only after Mr Kennedy publicly declared his allegiance lay to the US and its constitution, not to a foreign-based church.

Now, 44 years later, another Massachusetts senator with the initials JFK must cope with a similar problem, except that this time the impetus has come not from a sceptical population but from arch-conservatives in the church, egged on by the potent and vociferous anti-abortion movement.
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