When Pope Benedict XVI gave a papal mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, onlookers were surprised that former mayor Rudy Giuliani took Communion, given his three marriages and pro-choice abortion stance. Now Edward Cardinal Egan has issued a statement slamming Giuliani, saying Rudy was never supposed to have had the holy wafer!
Apparently Egan and Giuliani had an "understanding" from back when Egan became Archbishop and Giuliani was mayor, where Giuliani "was not to receive the Eucharist because of his well-known support of abortion." Egan's statement ended with, "I deeply regret that Mr. Giuliani received the Eucharist during the Papal visit here in New York, and I will be seeking a meeting with him to insist that he abide by our understanding.” Good luck with that! Giuliani's been known to ignore the advice of longtime advisers.
The Daily News points out other high-profile politicians who support abortion received Communion: "So did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senators John Kerry, Christopher Dodd and Edward Kennedy at Nationals Park in Washington."