Religion: Saying No to NOW

Approaching a woman waiting to receive Communion last week at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in Pacific Beach, Calif., the priest paused hesitantly. Eying the National Organization for Women button she was wearing, he asked gravely: "Do you believe in abortion?" Just as seriously, she responded: "You mean I have to give my beliefs before I receive Communion?"

The answer was yes. The woman was just one of dozens of parishioners sporting NOW buttons who were refused the Eucharist at St. Brigid's and other Roman Catholic churches in the San Diego area. Surprising as...

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