Bishop Sheridan Clarifies Statement

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The Roman Catholic bishop of the Colorado Springs diocese denies reports that he planned to refuse communion to politicians who violate church teachings.

Last month, Bishop Michael Sheridan wrote a letter telling Catholics they shouldn't vote for leaders who support abortion, euthanasia or stem-cell research. He says the message of his letter has been misinterpreted.

Sheridan's letter said candidates who don't follow church teaching and the voters who support them, "may not receive Holy Communion until they have recanted their positions and been reconciled with God and the Church in the Sacrament of Penance."

The letter didn't say such politicians and voters would be turned away if they sought communion.