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Hierarchy rejects call to refuse politicians Communion

03 April 2014 | by Christopher Lamb | Comments: 0

The BISHOPS’ Conference of England and Wales has told Catholic parliamentarians that they will not be refused Communion if they voted in favour of same-sex marriage. This move follows comments last month by the Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, who said that these politicians should be denied the Eucharist. He argued that instead of being a punitive measure it was “an act of mercy” that could bring individuals “back into communion with the Church”. But an email from the bishops’ conference sent last month to parliamentarians, and seen by The Tablet, said: “There are no plans by any bishops in England and Wales to deny Communion to Catholic MPs or peers who voted in favour of same-sex marriage legislation last year.”The email was authorised ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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