Skip to comments.[Rep. Patrick] Kennedy barred from communion by bishop
Posted on 11/22/2009 3:46:34 AM PST by Daffynition
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has banned Rep. Patrick Kennedy from receiving Communion, the central sacrament of the church, in Rhode Island because of the congressman's support for abortion rights, Kennedy said in a newspaper interview published Sunday.
The decision by the outspoken prelate, reported on The Providence Journal's Web site, significantly escalates a bitter dispute between Tobin, an ultra orthodox bishop, and Kennedy, a son of the nation's most famous Roman Catholic family.
"The bishop instructed me not to take Communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me Communion," Kennedy told the paper in an interview conducted Friday.
Kennedy said the bishop had explained the penalty by telling him "that I am not a good practicing Catholic because of the positions that I've taken as a public official," particularly on abortion.
He declined to say when or how Tobin told him not to take the sacrament. And he declined to say whether he has obeyed the bishop's injunction.
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It’s about time.
In the early days of our nation, you got kicked out of church for a lot less....things like drinking, dancing...
Not too much bias in this bit of journalism. The heroic Kennedy clan against the fanatic bishop.
Stand by for the shouts of hypocrisy from the left -- the Catholic church has been rocked by its own scandals, which will be the leverage the media will use to try to push back against this stand.
All that is necessary for evil to prevail . . .
Excellent news ping!
If the Catholic bishops had done this in the early 1970s, we would not have those faux Catholics like Kennedy working for the Devil.
Too bad Patches didn’t buy Tobin off as his grandpa did with Cardinal Cushing.
The Kennedy family long ago ceased to be Catholic. I believe when Rose Kennedy died, the last Catholic Kennedy died. The ones after that are New Age Pagans. They don’t realize when they take the NAP, they are in danger of “eternal second-hand smoke”.
If only ALL the Priests, Bishops, Ministers, etc would flat out kick them out of the church for NOT PRACTICING their “supposed faith” we might have a chance at stopping the healthcare nightmare from a final vote - it would only take about 10 leaders from senators who actually might think twice if voting for abortions in this healthcare would get them kicked out of church.
At least there is one Catholic with the balls to stand up to the 1st family of baby killing.
Thank you Bishop Tobin. This country is better place because of leaders like you.
Yet Kerry gets a pass?
...........not knowing Mass. politics that well, does anyone know if he got nabbed too?
Exactly... restrict Pelosi, Biden, and all other Catholic politicians who compltely disregard church doctrine.
No kidding. The title says that Kennedy has been "barred from communion"
Folks, he's been excommunicated.
What's the point in giving serial mass murderers communion, when they are not repentant?
OK, Catholic bishops: now go after the other politicians masquerading as Catholics and give them a swift kick in the pants too. There are plenty of them, so get started now!
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