Cardinal Stands by Decision on Holy Communion

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CHICAGO, JUNE 1, 2004 ( Cardinal Francis George stood by his decision to deny Communion to homosexual activists who wore telltale rainbow-colored sashes to Sunday Mass at Holy Name Cathedral.

"It's national policy and the bishops are supposed to act together," the archbishop said Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

About a dozen members of the Rainbow Sash Movement, a homosexual group, were refused Communion and given blessings instead.

Cardinal George, who was returning from a Rome trip, was not at the Mass. But he had told priests in a letter last week not to give Communion to group members wearing sashes.