I love it when one of these scumbags from one the most despicable and worthless families in America gets smacked down. Now, if only other priests and church leaders had the guts to do the same to all the other pro-abortion libs (and RINO’s) like Pelosi or Kerry (He served in Viet Nam, you know) who claim to be Catholic but think they can pick and choose which church teachings to follow like they’re shopping in the produce department at their local Wal-Mart…Reminds me of the old saying “They’re called the 10 commandments, not the 10 suggestions”.
Rhode Island’s top Roman Catholic leader issued a scathing remonstrance of U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy yesterday after his bombshell admission that the bishop barred him from receiving communion because of his pro-choice stance.
“I am disappointed that the Congressman would make public my pastoral and confidential request of nearly three years ago that sought to provide solely for his spiritual well-being,” said Bishop Thomas Tobin in a strongly worded statement. “I have no desire to continue the discussion of Congressman Kennedy’s spiritual life in public.”
Added the bishop, “At the same time, I will absolutely respond publicly and strongly whenever he attacks the Catholic Church, misrepresents the teachings of the Church or issues inaccurate statements about my pastoral ministry.”
The bishop’s smackdown came after Kennedy, 42, told the Providence Journal that Tobin barred him from receiving communion and instructed priests not to deliver the sacrament to him “because of the positions that I’ve taken as a public official.” Tobin confirmed the order but fervently denied having discussed it with anyone other than Kennedy.
Tobin vowed to “continue to pray – sincerely and fervently – for his conversion and repentance, and for his personal and spiritual well-being.”
Tobin also released portions of a February 2007 exchange with the congressman in which he promised to keep Kennedy’s communion ban confidential. He said Kennedy had previously indicated he would no longer discuss his relationship with the church publicly.
The Rhode Island congressman has been entangled in a nasty and public exchange with Tobin over the church’s support of health-care reform provisions that would prohibit federal funding for abortions.