PHOENIX, May 25, 2004 ( – The Arizona Republic published a May 21 article (picked up by many other news services) indicating that Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted would tolerate pro-abortion politicians receiving communion.  The bishop has taken exception to the article and issued a public correction to the paper.  In his correction notice, the Bishop says, “The headline in the Arizona Republic (5/21/04), ‘Bishops won’t link politics, Communion’, misrepresents my position.”  While Olmsted, a new bishop in the diocese, did say he would first attempt to educate and persuade pro-abortion politicians on the matter, he clarifies that “Should some Catholic politicians who are presently pro-abortion obstinately persist in this contradiction to our faith, this becomes a source of scandal and measures beyond those of moral persuasion would be needed.”  The bishop used the opportunity to issue a strong message on abortion saying: “Abortion is the killing of a completely innocent life and thus bad news for both unborn children and their mothers. It is a horrible wrong. It is intrinsically evil. We have a serious obligation to protect human life, and especially the most innocent and vulnerable. Whoever fails to do this, especially when they are able to do so, commit serious sins of omission. They jeopardize their own spiritual wellbeing and they are a source of scandal for others. Should they be Catholics, they should not receive Holy Communion.”  See related coverage:  New Phoenix Bishop Shows Impressive Leadership – Dares to Directly Address Homosexuality Phoenix Bishop Addresses Homosexuality – Lovingly but Without Compromising Truth


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