Dominus Illuminatio Mea

"...the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the FULL manifestantion of His boundless love." Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Saturday, May 15, 2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The bishop of Colorado's second-largest Roman Catholic diocese issued a stark warning Friday, saying voters should not receive Communion if they back politicians who support abortion rights, stem-cell research, euthanasia and gay marriage.

Bishop Michael Sheridan said such voters may receive the sacrament only if they recant and repent in the confessional. While he noted that no one will enforce the rule in the Communion line, Sheridan said that Catholics shouldn't simply go to confession and think they could be absolved.

``It might take a public recantation,'' he said in an interview with The Associated Press. ``There is no sin that is unforgivable'' but Catholics shouldn't vote for candidates who support abortion rights and ``then slip off into the confessional.''

``This is a serious or mortal sin, like robbing a local store,'' he said.