Add your nameIt's wrong to play politics with Communion

Posted: Feb. 7, 2020

Another priest is denying Holy Communion to lawmakers, this time in Rhode Island -- and he's doing so with the tacit approval of his bishop.

Fr. Richard Bucci recently published a list of pro-choice state representatives in the bulletin of Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick, announcing that not only may the lawmakers not receive Communion, they also may not serve as godparents or read at weddings and funerals.

Bucci even mailed the flyer to some politicians' homes, leading one lawmaker to call it a personal attack on her family. This is no way for a pastor to show love to God's children -- and it is a serious violation of the separation of church and state.

Communion, a sacred form of worship started by Jesus Christ himself, should never be turned into a political weapon. We need to show Bucci and Bishop Thomas Tobin that Catholics and other Christians are outraged whenever worship is hijacked for political purposes!

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