I should note that, as a Roman Catholic in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the language against abortion coming from our church back towards the congregation has grown more strident since about last Christmas. I mean, there have always been "general intercessions" on behalf of the unborn, and prayerful requests for respect towards all life, and that is as it should be.
However, over the last few weeks, the Church has been offering as a prayer "an end to all legalized abortions." Not much "wiggle room" for misinterpretation, is there? And yes, I believe this is wrong for many reasons that have to do with highly personal medical decisions between a woman, her doctor, and her family and spiritual influence of sorts if she chooses to involve them in the matter.
But given this more intrusive stance, I'll await the day that Pope Benny calls for withholding communion to presidential aspirant Rudy Giuliani the same way he did to John Kerry in 2004 here (though I'm not even sure a controversy like this could halt Rudy's slide in the polls - a related "goof" post is here).
(And by the way, regarding prayer at church, how about some intentions to save our jobs and our health care, to say nothing of the climate crisis? How come those issues never "make the cut" on Sundays before the collection basket appears?).
And speaking of abortion, here is information on a ridiculously self-indulgent new trend (I hope this is as big of a joke as the "Kerry Holy Observer" post, but I'm not sure - h/t Thers at Eschaton); also, Little Ricky did his Ebert and Roeper thing on this topic last Thursday here.
Update 1/9/08: On topic, there is probably a lot more to be said about this story, but for now...