burkeBy Michael W. Chapman

March 6, 2013 (CNSNews.com) — Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American who serves as the top judge at the Vatican, recently stated that Catholic politicians who support abortion must not receive Holy Communion.

In the past, as archbishop of St. Louis, Mo., Burke said he would deny Communion to then-Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the current secretary of State, and that Kathleen Sebelius, the current secretary of Health and Human Services, should not receive Communion. Burke is among the cardinals in Rome who will vote for the next pope.

“There can be no question that the practice of abortion is among the gravest of manifest sins,” Cardinal Burke told the Irish newspaper Catholic Voice on Feb. 1.  Once “a Catholic politician [who supports abortion] has been admonished that he should not come forward to receive Holy Communion, as long as he continues to support legislation which fosters abortion or other intrinsic evils, then he should be refused Holy Communion,” said the cardinal. More…