Wednesday, March 4, 2009

OSV Interview: Archbishop Naumann speaks on Sebelius

There is a good interview at Our Sunday Visitor online. It was conducted by Valerie Schmalz with Archbishop Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas - the home state of Obama's new HHS pick.

Here is the lead-in to the interview, which you can pick up in full at OSV.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City counts among his flock Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic and a strong supporter of abortion rights, who was just tapped by President Obama to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

The archbishop last year publicly asked her to not receive Communion until she changed her views and made a sincere sacramental confession.

In an interview with OSV this morning, he disclosed some of the back story to his decision, said that claims by a Catholic group that she is actually pro-life are "very, very dishonest," described the process — on a case-by-case basis — bishops need to take with a pro-choice politician in their jurisdiction, and reacted to pro-life Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback's warm reception of Sebelius' nomination.

The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!