MP refused communion "over a handshake"
Charlie Angus, MP for Timmins-James Bay voted in support of Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act. The vote itself did not cost him his right to communion, which is being denied him by the Priest of his parish, Father John Lemire. To date to my knowledge not one other MP has been subject to religious censure.
It appears Mr. Angus' sin was shaking the hand of out gay NDP MP Bill Siksay, Burnaby Douglas. Mr. Angus offered a handshake to Siksay after the MP finished speaking on Bill C-38 and there in lies the sin. The handshake was caught on television. The local Priest called Angus and said he would refuse communion to him, the handshake was too public.
Would Mr. Angus, who shook hands with his colleague after a speech have been better off to just wave, ignore, run in the opposite direction? Would it have been okay to hug Mr. Siksay. It was an emotional speech to make (Siksay's partner is a United Church Minister) and whether you agree or not wouldn't you be there for your colleague or a friend?
The Parish Priest won the Christian Right lottery. Nailed the first one.