E.J. Dionne has a column on Douglas Kmiec's recent five minutes of fame for endorsing Obama and being refused Communion.Dionne: "In an interview over the weekend, Kmiec argued that 35 years after Roe, opponents of abortion need to contemplate whether "a legal prohibition" of abortion "is the only way to promote a culture of life.""To think you have done a generous thing for your neighbor or that you have built up a culture of life just because you voted for a candidate who says in his brochure that he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade is far too thin an understanding of the Catholic faith," he said. Kmiec, a critic of the Bush administration's Iraq policy, added that Catholics should heed "the broad social teaching of the church," including its views on war."Kmiec shared with me the name of the priest who denied him Communion and a letter of apology from the organizers of the event, but he requested that I not name the priest to protect the cleric from public attack."Whole thing here:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/02/AR2008060202591.html

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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