An anti-abortion group wants St.Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson to deny Senator McCaskill Holy Communion if she votes for what it considers any public funding of abortion in the healthcare overhaul bill.
McCaskill says she has discussed this issue several times with church officials, the press, and the public. She says she has not taken communion since she divorced her first husand and refused to go through the church’s annulment program. “I had to say that my first husband and I were never married. I don’t agree with it. I think it is wrong and so I never got my first marriage annuled. So I have not taken communion for a long, long time,” she says.
She says she discussed the issue with the Bishop of Kansas City when she joined the church as an adult and he told her such issues were between her and God.
McCaskill responds during her weekly teleconference with reporters: