Yep, that would be Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who’s high on Obama’s list of VP picks. Her pro-choice stance prompted Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, KS to write to her in August of last year, to ask that she please refrain from taking communion until she repudiates her support for abortion rights. Sebelius didn’t, and the Archbishop has apparently heard about it.
The Archbishop …also criticized her recent veto of a bill imposing new restrictions on abortion providers. He called upon the governor, who is Catholic, to take the “necessary steps for amendment of her life.”
Yeesh…I’d be mortified.
“The spiritually lethal message, communicated by our governor, as well as many other high-profile Catholics in public life, has been in effect: ’The church’s teaching on abortion is optional!’” Naumann wrote in a column published Friday in The Leaven, the archdiocese’s newspaper.
The Archbishop’s full column is right here.
This is significant given that Obama is desperately trying to make inroads with Catholic Democratic voters, who have been voting in larger numbers for Hillary. Sebilius *might* be a smart choice for him.
Bush managed to win the Catholic vote in 2004 against Catholic Kerry largely because of Kerry’s liberal stance on abortion. But now, four years of an unpopular war later; a war that most Catholics oppose…who knows? Concern about the war shouldn’t cancel out concern about abortion if serious Catholics do their homework, but alas, many of them don’t.