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1 Priest Wants Penance From Obama Voters on Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:04 am


Priest Wants Penance From Obama Voters
Obama 'Radical Pro-Abortion Politician,' Priest Says

POSTED: 2:12 pm EST November 13, 2008
UPDATED: 6:20 pm EST November 13, 2008

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A Greenville priest says that his parishioners should do penance if they voted for Barack Obama.

The Rev. Jay Scott Newman, priest at St. Mary's Catholic Church, said that his congregants shouldn't take Communion until they do penance for supporting "the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president."

But Newman also said that church law doesn't allow him to refuse parishioners the sacrament.

In their annual meeting, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops vowed Tuesday to forcefully confront the Obama administration over its support for abortion rights.

The bishops said the church and religious freedom could be under attack in the new administration.

Before coming to St. Mary’s in 2001, Newman previously served as Catholic chaplain to The Citadel and as pastor of three other South Carolina parishes: St. Mark’s, Newberry; St. Boniface, Joanna; and Divine Redeemer, Hanahan.

St. Mary's was the first Catholic Church in Upstate South Carolina, established in 1852 and The Associated Press.

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