Archbishop Naumann to Kansas Gov. Sebelius: Stop Taking Communion, Publicly Apologize [UPDATED]
Details at Catholics in the Public Square.
It seems that Gov. Sebelius' name has been mentioned as a potential addition to the Obama ticket. In case you didn't catch that, Washington Post political blogger Chris Cillizza listed Sebelius as the most likely candidate to join Obama on the Democrat presidential ticket.
Whatever the merit of such talk, I think the idea of Sebelius for VP is now impossible. I don't think there's any way Obama risks the Catholic vote by adding an interdicted Catholic to his ticket (although I'm not sure this officially counts as an "interdiction"; but it's close enough to become a political issue should Obama pick Sebelius).
As one commenter at Amy Welborn's blog put it:
Sebelius is being talked about as a vice presidential candidate. It’s better this happens now than after she gets chosen to become Geraldine Ferraro 2.0.
Ahhh, lookie-lookie what we have here. The responses are beginning to pour in, and some of the little donkeys seem awful put out that Archbishop Naumann has thrown a wrench in their plans to re-capture "the Catholic vote", complete with invocations of that little law we're always talking about around here:
And by the way the catholics [sic] sure have their never [sic] trying to smear the Govenor [sic]. All of the cover ups of child molesting priest [sic]. They never let the truth be told they just moved their perverted priest [sic] to another church to prey on more young innocents.If you can't stick to the subject at hand - i.e. why Gov. Sebelius claims to be Catholic but disregards the teachings of her Church on the unborn - without engaging in ad hominem, perhaps you should instead ask Gov. Sebelius why she wants to be involved with such a Church as you have described.
Here's the reason that Obama is unlikely to risk the controversy of adding Sebelius to his ticket:
Given the effort the Obama Catholics have put into winning over Catholic voters, having a national ticket in which one of the candidates' Bishop has already taken corrective action regarding unworthy receipt of Communion would make the Kerry Communion controversy look like small potatos.