In violation of Canon 912, a chaplain refused professor Kmiec communion for his advocacy of Barack Obama for President. While I have found Professor’s Kmiec’s initial justifications particularly weak even if I share them in finality now, I think his arguments have improved. I don’t think his arguments ever came to the point of direct support for abortion.
** I’m reopening the comments here. I request that comments positive and negative attempt to stick as closely to the topic at hand as possible. Volumes have been written about variations on this topic. This topic is relatively straight forward. A man with a long and distinguished career in the pro-life movement was refused communion at an event by a chaplain. As best I can surmise, there was no existing pastoral relationship between the two men. He was denied communion putatively because he endorse Barack Obama and has articles questioning whether the abortion issue should be the preeminent issue in this particular election. Feel free to reference Cardinal Ratzinger’s letter on this topic, USCCB documents and other resources. **