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Is Mayor Tony in Jeopardy of Being Excommunicated?

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Pope Benedict yesterday, trying to impose whatever influence he has left on the world, threatened to excommunicate Catholic politicians if they aid in their support of abortion. He also said that they should not receive communion.

The Pope was asked whether he supported Mexican Church leaders threatening to excommunicate leftist parliamentarians who last month voted to legalize abortion in Mexico City. "Yes, this excommunication was not an arbitrary one but is allowed by Canon (church) law which says that the killing of an innocent child is incompatible with receiving communion, which is receiving the body of Christ," he said. - Reuters

Well one politician who not only supports abortion, but who last year put his political clout behind squashing an amendment that would require doctors to notify parents that their daughters were about to have an abortion, is our very own Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.That support helped inspire Planned Parenthood to honor Mayor Tony with a Planned Parenthood "Hero Award" last month. Which, in turn, caused some so call him biblical names.

“Antonio Villaraigosa is a phony Hispanic because Hispanics value the family and parents,” said Albin Rohmberg, spokesman for the Yes on 85 campaign, as quoted by California Catholic Daily . “Planned Parenthood specifically targets Hispanic women for abortion, and Villaraigosa purports to be a Latino leader. He’s a Judas who should be repudiated.”

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Will the Pope order Cardinal Mahoney to do the repudin'? Mahoney was in support of 85 and for some reason has no problem with the Mayor's stance on abortion, even though his boss, The Pope, has just put the gauntlet down on Mexican politicians.

So the question is, if Mexican politicians are being excommunicated for their support in Mexico, what about this Mexican-American politician who supports and rallies for abortion-rights in the USA?

If Americans get a free pass in the eyes of the Pope and the Cardinal, they should say so.

AP photo by Marco Ugarte