The Catholic bishops' more confrontational approach, meanwhile, has included increasing pressure on Catholic politicians, especially those who support abortion rights. Representative Kennedy's public battle with his bishop over Communion is the latest in the Eucharist wars that began in the 2004 election cycle, when pro-abortion rights Democrat John Kerry became the first Catholic presidential nominee since John F. Kennedy. Kerry lost Catholic voters, a key swing constituency. (Last year, President Obama won them.) One more reason Democrats are taking the bishops' concerns so seriously.
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