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Egan under fire over plan to deny Communion to dissenting MPs

20 March 2014 | by James Macintyre | Comments: 0

THE BISHOP of Portsmouth has provoked criticism from Catholic MPs after saying that politicians who voted for same-sex marriage should be denied Communion.Bishop Philip Egan said that instead of being punitive, the denial of Communion is “always an act of mercy” with the hope that individuals can be brought “back into full communion with the Church”.Labour and Conservative MPs, some of whom opposed same-sex marriage, reacted angrily, telling The Tablet that the bishop’s intervention was “a tragedy” and that ordinary Catholics would be “appalled”.In an interview with the pro-life website LifeSiteNews, Bishop Egan said: “When people are not in communion with the Catholic Church on such a central thing as the value of life of the un ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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