Bishop Bernard Harrington says in a statement that any Roman Catholic who supports abortion rights defies church teachings.
He says "It is time we recognize that morality and ethics -- not our political parties -- determine what we believe.'' Harrington made his comments in the July edition of the diocese's official newspaper.
Harrington's statement came weeks after a national bishops' task force he served on said bishops have the authority to deny Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.
Harrington says individual Catholics must determine if they are worthy to receive Communion. But he stopped short of repeating threats made by some U-S bishops to deny Communion to politicians who support abortion rights.
Source: Associated Press. July 7, 2004.