We’ve just learned that Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro will be attending the installation mass at the Vatican for the newly elected Pope Francis. On Sunday’s Face the State, the Archbishop of Hartford Henry Mansell had a message for her trip: he said the pro-choice congresswoman shouldn’t receive Holy Communion.
Mansell and the church are unwavering in their commitment to the unborn, and have said Catholic politicians who support the legalization of abortion should not go up in church to receive the sacrament.
During our taping the Archbishop called abortion a “grievous sin,” and said it is the policy of the Catholic church that those who support abortion should not receive communion. I asked Mansell if he would give communion to DeLauro and other Catholic politicians if they were in his church. I don’t make decisions at the altar rail…but I might speak of it later on.”
During our wide ranging conversation, the Archbishop talked about the new pope, his retirement, his letter from Pope Benedict, and much more.
You can watch the entire interview with Archbishop Mansell right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8643107
Also on Face the State this weekend, Mark Shriver. Here’s a link to that interview: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/mark-shriver-talks-about-his-father-public-service/