Thursday, January 23, 2003

Bishop William K. Weigand, Sacramento CA

Sacramento Bishop William K. Weigand, leader of 500,000 Catholics in Northern California, called on Governor Gray Davis on Wednesday to renounce his support of abortion rights or stop taking Holy Communion. Speaking at a morning Mass on the 30th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, Weigand told congregants at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament that Davis should refrain from taking communion while he continues to support abortion rights. "As your bishop, I have to say clearly that anyone — politician or otherwise — who thinks it is acceptable for a Catholic to be pro-abortion is in very great error, puts his or her soul at risk, and is not in good standing with the church," Weigand said. "Such a person should have the integrity to acknowledge this and choose of his own volition to abstain from receiving Holy Communion until he has a change of heart." Source: Priests For Life