Nov 17, 2008

More on pro-life Father Newman

Today has an update (click on this post's title) on pro-life Father Jay Scott Newman of St. Mary's Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

As you might already know, the Charleston diocesan administrator said on the diocesan web site that Father Scott should not have written in his parish bulletin a week ago that Catholics who voted for a pro-abortion politician should go to Confession before receiving Communion.

Father Newman issued a clarification that said, in part:

" one could conclude that a vote for Senator Obama is in itself or by itself a mortal sin. But from that same teaching, though, we must conclude that a vote for a pro-abortion candidate can be a mortal sin if the intent is to support abortion, that abortion is not merely one issue among other important issues, and that no Catholic should endorse a pro-abortion politician if a plausible pro-life alternative is available."

He added that he never intended to deny Communion to Obama voters and that he never said he would.

At, you can find other stories about this situation. One of them said Father Newman's parishioners gave him a standing ovation at Mass this past Sunday -- and when they did so, he turned toward the tabernacle and genuflected.

Someone has also reported that priests in the diocese were preparing a statement of support for Father Newman.

At my earlier post on Father Newman, you can see our friends' comments on the situation.

Wish we had a thousand Father Newmans!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I wish we had a thousand..."

And that's exactly what I wrote to him in an e-mail of gratitude.

What a priest. What a man.

Thank you, Lord.


7:33 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Cathy,

Good for you, for writing to support him.

10:04 PM  

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