Members of the religious right seeking to recriminalize abortion are putting pressure on MPs to support a bill making it a crime to kill an unborn child while attacking its mother, says Bloc Québécois MP Rev. Raymond Gravel. He said other Catholic MPs have confided in him that their priests have refused to give them communion because they voted against Bill C-484, which would make it a separate offence to kill an unborn child while committing a crime. Father Gravel revealed he wouldn't be running in the election expected this fall after a complaint from anti-abortion advocates led the Vatican to force him to choose between politics and the priesthood.Putting aside the alarmist reference to "members of the religious right", as if there's some putsch-in-waiting being run from the Vatican, I really do hope that Catholic priests are taking their responsibilities seriously and closing the "personally opposed but..." bolthole that politicians have used for years. And the rule against priests running for office dates back to the very first days of JPII, starting with Robert Drinan - it's not as if he's being singled out.
The headline for this little paragraph is weird, though; it reads "Priesthood before politics for Tory MP", when the story clearly states that Gravel is a member of the Bloc Quebecois.