Cardinal Ratzinger may not have said what some US bishops said he said. A few bishops, returning from Rome after their ad limina visits, said the cardinal, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told them that they were essentially right not to refuse Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians. However, Catholic World News is reporting that Ratzinger sent a private letter to the US bishops reiterating that such people should not receive Communion. It is also indicated that Ratzinger has expressed favor toward the more conservative approaches of bishops like Archbishop Raymond Burke, who said he would refuse John Kerry Communion. But I am sure that other bishops will say that Ratzinger agrees with them and continue to say that if dissenters don’t voluntarily refrain, they won’t refuse them.
What we need is a more definitive pronouncement from Rome. Stop beating around the bush.