Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City has stated that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius should not present herself for Holy Communion. The governor, a Catholic who sits on Sen. Barack Obama’s Catholic National Advisory Council, is a long-time supporter of abortion rights.

As Archbishop Naumann recently wrote, Gov. Sebelius’ support for abortion can be seen in her recent veto of the Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act, which indicates that “the governor does not approve of legislators devoting energy to protecting children and women by making it possible to enforce existing Kansas law regarding late-term abortions.” Archbishop Naumann also pointed out that Sebelius has accepted campaign contributions from Dr. George Tiller, the notorious late-term abortionist.

It is telling that Sen. Obama should have chosen Gov. Sebelius to advise him on matters Catholic. After all, when in the Illinois state senate, the presidential contender led the fight to deny care to babies born alive as a result of botched abortions. That he should choose a Catholic politician who so disregards the Church’s respect for life speaks volumes about his intentions for this council.

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