Clinton Receiving Communion
Apr 07, 1998 04:10 PM
by M K Ramadoss
Here is a news item. Just could not understand what is all the fuss about.
Clinton Defends Taking
WASHINGTON (AP) The White House says
President Clinton, a Southern Baptist, has no regrets
about taking Communion from a Catholic priest
during his visit to South Africa despite criticism from
some Catholic leaders.
White House spokesman Mike McCurry said
Monday that aides who arranged Clinton's March
29 visit to a church outside Johannesburg were
assured that baptized Christians could share in
Communion "and the president acted on that
In a Palm Sunday homily, Cardinal John O'Connor
said it was wrong for the officiating priest to give
Clinton the sacrament, "however well-intentioned"
his actions were.
Clinton received Communion along with first lady
Hillary Rodham Clinton during a morning Mass at
Regina Mundi church, which is located in the black
township of Soweto.
O'Connor responded after numerous calls poured
into his office from New York-area Catholics who
saw pictures of Clinton receiving the sacrament,
spokesman Joseph Zwilling told the New York Post
in its Monday editions.
The officiating priest, the Rev. Mohlomi Makobane,
has said he gave Communion to Clinton because he
did not want to risk embarrassing him by declining to
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