Kerry Mass Watch

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Jun 15, 2004

In this week's installment of the Kerry Kommunion Kapers, the Boston Globe reports that Kerry attended Mass near one of his wife's many homes, this one outside Pittsburgh. He did not receive a warm welcome, no not from the priest or local bishop, but from a couple of pro-life women:

Kerry not only received Communion at St. Benedict the Moor Church, a largely black parish in Pittsburgh's Hill District, but he and his wife listened to a homily focused on the Eucharist. In brief remarks to the parish during a pause to greet visitors, the Massachusetts senator said, "I have the privilege of not just worshiping here this morning, but also visiting Teresa's home." His wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, has a farm in nearby Fox Chapel, where the couple spent the week.

After Mass, two abortion opponents berated Kerry, his wife, and a priest as they left the church. "Senator Kerry, you can't support abortion. It's a scandal," yelled one, who identified herself as Janet Cocchi of Mount Lebanon, Pa. "You're not in communion with the Catholic Church." The other protester, who identified herself as Mary Kay Brown of Dorseyville, Pa., said she and Cocchi represented the local chapter of Operation Witness, an antiabortion group founded by Operation Rescue leader Randall Terry.

Neither Kerry nor his wife responded to the taunts, which included Cocchi yelling into the open door of their limousine, "Teresa, how could you kill a baby?"

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2004 1:33 PM ET USA

    You have to wonder about the rest of the cafeteria Catholics in the church that day, watching as Kerry and his wife left in their limousine under a rain of accusations of being baby-killers. There must have been a deafening silence while the four female prophets yelled at Kerry, with the sterilized, contracepted, abortion-condoning congregation looking on, in what I hope was not a self-righteous manner.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2004 12:49 PM ET USA

    To "altar boy": Beautifully stated! Kerry is the one who is "mixing" religion and politics by publicly denying the precepts of his faith and yet receiving communion for photo-ops. This slimy politician should be denied Communion in accordance with Canon 915.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2004 11:38 AM ET USA

    Fatimabeliever - you have quoted and spoken most eloquently! In the end all this minidoc seeks is the conversion of this poor soul.

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Jun. 15, 2004 3:12 PM ET USA

    "Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which He is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart, and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of this poor sinner."

  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2004 2:47 PM ET USA

    I was raised in this Pittsburgh neighborhood and it is not anywhere near the Heinz “farm” (read: country estate). It is an inner-city slum and Kerry’s attendance at Mass there should be regarded for what it undoubtedly was—a photo op. Besides, Bishop Wuerl is on record as opposing the denial of Communion, so Kerry knew it was safe to attend there. And this is the same guy who recently accused Bush of an inappropriate mixing of religion and politics during his visit to the Vatican. What a fraud!