Kansas City, Kan., Archbishop Joseph Naumann said Wednesday he was "concerned personally" for Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, nominated this week to become secretary of health and human services.
Naumann — who last year urged Sebelius to stop taking communion because of her support of abortion rights — called her nomination “particularly troubling” in a column published on The Catholic Key blog. It’s expected to be published in the archdiocesan newspaper, The Leaven, on Friday.
"Her appointment as secretary for HHS places her in a position where she will have to make many decisions that will in all probability continue her personal involvement in promoting legalized abortion and her cooperation in this intrinsic evil," Naumann wrote.
Sebelius could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening. In the past she has said she personally opposes abortion but is obligated to uphold state and federal laws concerning the procedure.
She had vetoed several bills that would have tightened abortion regulations in the state.
In his column, Naumann called Sebelius a “bright and gifted leader” who has taken some positions consistent with Catholic social teaching.
"Yet, on the fundamental moral issue of protecting innocent human life, Gov. Sebelius, throughout her career, has been an outspoken advocate for legalized abortion," Naumann wrote. "For this reason her appointment to HHS is particularly troubling."