Poor Rudy. The little boy who wanted to become a priest but instead became a lawyer and then a prosecutor and then a mayor and then an expert on national security who will protect us from terrorists, is being threatened by a prelate in the Roman Catholic Church.
Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis says that he will not give Giuliani the Blessed Sacrament should the Republican Presidential candidate come to his Archdiocese for Mass.
The heart of the Roman Catholic Mass being Holy Communion, to be denied it is akin to being shunned by one’s family.
The Archbishop’s reason for denying Giuliani the wafer: his pro-choice stance on abortion.
America’s Most Dangerous Candidate deflected Burke’s order saying only, “Archbishops have a right to their opinion, you know. There’s freedom of religion in this country.”
Although I would agree with Giuliani that Burke has every right to deny him the Sacrament, I have one gripe with Burke, who did this to 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry. Why doesn’t his eminence ban Holy Communion for war supporters. After all, it was the wish of the late Pope John Paul II that President George W. Bush not invade–and subsequently destroy–Iraq.
Of course Bush is not a Roman Catholic and instead alligns himself with milenialists and rapture people, but there are plenty of Catholic politicians who have sanctimoniously followed him down the road of war, including Kerry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback. outgoing New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici and others.
On this issue, I have to say Rudy may be getting the sharper end of the stick. But hey, he wants an endless war in Iraq too.