LeBlanc funeral puts Harper in communion controversy
Archbishop of Moncton says he is not looking for any apologies
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 | 9:18 PM AT
Prime Minister Stephen Harper should not have accepted communion at Roméo LeBlanc's state funeral in Memramcook, N.B., the archbishop of Moncton said Wednesday.
Msgr. André Richard said the church law is clear, but he is not looking for any apologies or explanations from Harper or the Prime Minister's Office.
Cameras were rolling when communion hosts were offered to people attending the funeral for the former governor general on July 3.
Harper, who is an evangelical Protestant, accepted the host but appeared to put it in his program or his pocket, according to some onlookers.
However, a review of videotape shot at the event was inconclusive, and the Prime Minister's Office says Harper consumed the wafer, in accordance with Catholic law.
A PMO spokesman, Dimitri Soudas, said the camera didn't show the whole story.