Seriously. A Congressman in the U.S. was (not quite) excommunicated because he took the position that abortion ought to remain legal.
Church asks Kennedy to forego Communion.
In case you're not a Christian, here's how it works: symbolically eating Jesus gets you in to heaven; not symbolically eating Jesus means you can't go to heaven; if you're Catholic, it's not symbolic, you're really eating Jesus. Communion is where you eat a cracker and pretend really, really hard that it's Jesus.
So the Catholic Church is upset that Kennedy supports abortion rights and wants to keep him from eating Jesus because the Catholic Church thinks abortion is murder and murder is a sin.
There's a problem, though. (Okay, there are lots of problems, but let's focus on just one).
What if all the Congresspeople simply didn't pass any legislation pertaining to abortion? What if no bills were ever even raised? Wouldn't the Church have to excommunicate all of the Catholic legislators for the sin of not even trying?
I'd think so, just in the name of ethical consistency (not the Church's strong suit, I admit).
The Church also believes that premarital sex is a sin. Should not the Church also be cracking down on any Congressperson who isn't actively trying to pass bills to ban premarital sex?
I don't see that happening though. Know why?
Because it would be stupid, that's why, and people don't like being laughed at.