Archbishop vs. Governor

by Steve Ray on May 12, 2008

Staunching the wound of Bleeding Kansas

Archbishop Joseph Naumann has applied a Canon 915 tourniquet to the wound inflicted on the Body of Christ by the Catholic governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius. His actions are a model to be emulated.

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Kansas, May. 9, 2008 ( – Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City has announced that Governor Kathleen Sebelius should not receive Communion because of her support for legal abortion.

In a column appearing on May 9 in the archdiocesan newspaper, The Leaven, the archbishop said that Governor Sebelius has sent a "spiritually lethal message" by implying that she could remain a Catholic in good standing while supporting abortion on demand.

The archbishop's column cited in particular the governor's veto of the Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act, which would have required abortionists to inform women about the effects of the procedure and alternatives to abortion.

The governor's stand in favor of abortion is particularly painful, Archbishop Naumann wrote, because Sebelius is a Catholic. He reported that he had met with her "several times over many months to discuss with her the grave spiritual and moral consequences of her public actions." Because the governor has now rejected his pleas and her public stand constitutes a scandal to the faithful, the archbishop said that he has now directed her to refrain from receiving Communion. Archbishop Naumann reported that he has asked Governor Sebelius to accept this directive, so that she will "not require from me any additional pastoral actions."

The governor will be welcomed back to Communion, the archbishop wrote, if she acknowledges her error, goes to Confession, and makes "a public repudiation of her previous efforts and actions in support of laws and policies sanctioning abortion."

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom Nourse May 12, 2008 at 9:31 AM

’bout time!!! Is it just me seeing the tide turning, or could it really be?
Praise be to Christ Jesus!

Duane Leger May 12, 2008 at 10:29 AM

I pray that many other Bishops will follow in this direction. Amen.

ThePol May 12, 2008 at 11:07 AM


What a witness to the world! The Catholic Church’s unbending stance on the sanctity of life is a witness to the whole world and another shining example of why she is the Church established by Jesus to protect and defend the truth in and out of season.

Robert ian Williams May 12, 2008 at 4:22 PM

A very courageous bishop, but how guilty is the Governor as so much false teaching and catechesis has been given from the pulpit. lets not gloat, but pray for her.

Brother Ed May 12, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Just a few more moments and the cacaphony of whining will start from the liberals in the Church and the media. Expect the bishop to be called every imagineable name possible but that of Christian.

Let us pray for him to stay the course, and for other bishops to follow suit.

Brother Ed

Henry Cuellar Jr. May 13, 2008 at 3:21 PM

I must say that I agree with Brother Ed. The Arch Bishop is going to possibly be harrased by many liberals and media. However, remember that Jesus Christ told his disciples… “The world will hate you but remember that it hated me first.” Therefore, our Faithful leaders must not back down for fear of people not liking them. Truth is what sets us free. Therefore, let us pray to God the Father that he will make all Catholic Christians strong and true bearers of Truth.

Lynn Reynolds May 13, 2008 at 9:37 PM

AMEN….finally…..I hope Cardinal Maida and others follows soon!

J.R. DePrisco May 16, 2008 at 5:41 PM

While I am saddened whenever a Catholic like the Governor of Kansas supports abortion, I am so happy that the bishop is asking her to stop receiving Communion. We need leadership like this so badly words cannot describe. If we just had more. No politician could win national office if Catholics would vote appropriately. Ditto for many state offices. Abortion would be over. While the message of Fatima’s 3rd secret to the flock was “penance, penance, penance!” (and so we must do) the message to the flock’s pastors should be: “leadership, leadership, leadership!”

Vince C May 24, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Is it just me, or does it seem that, collectively, the US bishops have suddenly began to grow some extra spine after B16’s little talk with them during his last visit? There have always been some blessed and notable exceptions, but I do note a small uptick in them speaking out.

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