Rhode Island priest bans lawmakers from receiving Communion after they supported pro-choice bill

A long list of legislators will not be able to receive Holy Communion at one Rhode Islandparish after a priest announced that their support for abortion legislation disqualified them.

WJAR reported on Tuesday that the Rev. Richard Bucci included an insert in the Sacred Heart Church’s weekly bulletin, listing state lawmakers who voted for last year’s bill codifying protections on abortion access. Bucci’s public rebuke was just the latest point of tension as Catholic lawmakers expressed support for access to abortion, a procedure that the Church has long condemned.

“In accord with the teaching of the Catholic Church for 2,000 years, the following members of the legislature may NOT receive Holy Communion, as all are the general officers of the State of Rhode Island, as well as Rhode Island’s members of Congress,” the insert read.

It added that none of those individuals would be able to serve as godparents, witnesses to marriage, or lectors at church functions.

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