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  • Abortion not a gray area for Catholic pols

    12/04/2009 12:27:28 PM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies · 346+ views
    Pottstown Mercury ^ | 12/4/2009 | Kathryn Lopez
    Patrick Kennedy has a remarkable opportunity. The Democrat, a congressman from Rhode Island and the son of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, is currently embroiled in a scandal of his own making. I'd be delighted to be able to write a profile on his "courage" as it plays out. First of all, contrary to the game of telephone sometimes referred to as journalism, Patrick Kennedy's bishop did not seek to publicly reprimand Kennedy for his vociferous opinions on the Church, abortion and health care. Bishop Tobin of Providence was summoned by Kennedy's public scandal. Tobin has long sought to...
  • Kaine, O'Malley Criticize Catholic Church Response to same sex marriage in D.C.

    11/26/2009 6:25:46 PM PST · by HokieMom · 29 replies · 1,476+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 25, 200 | AP
    RICHMOND | The governors of Virginia and Maryland, both Catholics, said Tuesday that it would be wrong for the church to suspend or reduce social services in the nation's capital if the District approves gay marriage. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley criticized the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington's response to the District's gay marriage proposal during a joint appearance on Washington radio station WTOP. The D.C. Council is expected to approve gay marriage next month. The archdiocese says that unless the proposal is amended to add a religious exemption, its Catholic Charities won't be able to continue...
  • Kennedy dispute reveals divide among Catholics

    11/23/2009 9:56:26 AM PST · by Bullpine · 64 replies · 1,393+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mon Nov 23, 9:18 am ET | RAY HENRY
    EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A bitter dispute over abortion that prompted Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop to ask Rep. Patrick Kennedy not to receive Holy Communion has revealed the depth of the divide among Catholics over how politicians should reconcile their faith with their public duties.
  • Report: Patrick Kennedy barred from communion by bishop

    11/22/2009 3:46:19 AM PST · by Andy'smom · 37 replies · 1,469+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 10/22//2009
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rep. Patrick Kennedy says Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has barred him from receiving communion because of his support of abortion rights. The Providence Journal reports on its Web site Sunday that Kennedy said in an interview that Tobin issued the order during discussions with the Democratic lawmaker, further escalating a simmering ideological dispute between the two men. Under church rules, Tobin can prevent Kennedy from receiving communion within his diocese, which covers Rhode Island. It’s unclear whether bishops outside Rhode Island will take the same path.
  • Rep. Patrick Kennedy says RI bishop has told him not to take Communion over pro-choice stance

    11/22/2009 5:35:40 AM PST · by NYer · 62 replies · 1,685+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | November 22, 2009 | Ray Henry
    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...
  • Catholic Church takes on Kennedy (at last) over abortion, bars him from Communion

    11/22/2009 8:30:15 AM PST · by noozguy1 · 16 replies · 845+ views ^ | 11/22/2009 | Kelly Fincham
    Congressman Patrick Kennedy has been barred from receiving Communion by his Bishop in Rhode Island. Bishop Thomas Tobin has barred Patrick, the son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, because of his position on abortion rights.
  • Unwritten story: New VA & NJ governors are strong Catholics

    11/13/2009 10:50:33 AM PST · by ikeonic · 15 replies · 713+ views
    American Papist ^ | 11/13/09 | Thomas Peters
    ...two Catholic candidates won elections this year to state-wide office without compromising their pro-life, pro-family principles. The world didn't end, and once they are in office, they won't conduct witch hunts against those who disagree with them on these issues - but they will use their office to promote these central values, which transcend any one religion or political party. Catholics aren't pro-life and pro-family, after all, only because the Church tells them to be so, but rather, they are encouraged to hold true to these commonsense principles because of the witness and encouragement of their Catholic faith. You read...
  • Cao’s Catholic conscience

    11/11/2009 6:51:28 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 42 replies · 748+ views
    GetReligion ^ | November 9, 2009 | Mollie
    When the House narrowly passed its health care reform bill on Saturday night, it received 219 votes from Democrats and one from a Republican. I mentioned already that I was at the hospital with my daughter when it passed so I was passing time following reporters and pundits on Twitter. Many of them expressed shock — or at least surprise — that any Republican would support the bill. And when it was revealed that the lone vote came from Louisiana Rep. Joseph Cao, people referred to him mostly in that “oh yeah, he’s the guy who beat the corrupt William...
  • Bishop Tobin to Congressman Patrick Kennedy: ‘What does it mean to be a Catholic?’

    11/11/2009 4:14:50 AM PST · by tcg · 9 replies · 887+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/11/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Among those Catholics in public life who openly defy the clear teaching of the Catholic Church concerning the inviolable dignity of every human life from conception to natural death is Representative Patrick Kennedy. The son of the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, he represents Rhode Island’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. We bring to our readers the full text of a letter which Congressman Kennedy received from his Bishop, Thomas J. Tobin. This letter was in response to Kennedy's public defiance against the truth revealed in the Natural Law, confirmed by science, affirmed in Scripture...
  • A Call to Catholics [Excommunicate Kathleen Townsend Kennedy!]

    11/06/2009 8:12:29 PM PST · by Steelfish · 35 replies · 990+ views
    Newsweek ^ | November 06th, 2009
    A Call to Catholics Don't let abortion politics stand in the way of affordable coverage for all. By Kathleen Kennedy Townsend | Newsweek Nov 6, 2009 Nearly 50 years ago, President Kennedy delivered his famous "Catholic" speech in which he stated, "Whatever issue may come before me as president—on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling, or any other subject—I will make my decision in accordance with these views, in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressure or dictates. And no power or threat of punishment could cause me to...
  • The Lesson of Bob McDonnell

    11/06/2009 11:34:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 685+ views
    HeadlineBistro.Com ^ | Nov 5 2009 | Charlie Spiering
    The Lesson of Bob McDonnellby Charlie SpieringA week before the election, Virginia candidate for governor Bob McDonnell was asked in a radio interview if he would veto state funding for Planned Parenthood.“We shouldn't be doing that (funding Planned Parenthood) in Virginia,” answered O’Donnell. “That's common sense I think, and that will be part of what we get done.”Pro-choice activists were furious and quick to condemn his remarks. To them it was one more reason why McDonnell was “out of step and out of touch with voters.” But McDonnell, with his common sense approach to politics, proved that you can still...
  • Pro-abortion Emily's List Endorses Catholic Politicians [eight Catholics endorsed for 2010]

    11/06/2009 8:55:39 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies · 373+ views ^ | Lisa Correnti
    Emily's List spends millions of dollars supporting the campaigns of pro-abortion rights women. They advocate for complete and unrestricted access to abortion. EMILY's List boasts that they are the largest political action committee (PAC) with more than 100,000 members. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has raised over $240 million and claims to have helped elect 80 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 15 to the U.S. Senate, and nine women Governors to state houses. Pro-abortion women candidates benefit greatly when landing an endorsement from Emily's List. For the 2007-2008 election cycle, Emily's List raised $43 million to...
  • McDonnell Pledges Veto Of Planned Parenthood Funding On Laura Ingraham’s Show

    10/30/2009 6:53:08 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies · 471+ views
    On Tuesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell appeared on the Laura Ingraham Radio Show and, to the delight of many pro-lifers, took a definitive stand on banning taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. For many, such as Virginians For Life, such a public stand from McDonnell was essential and urged him for some time to make a public pledge. Remember
  • McDonnell, the Christian conservative

    10/21/2009 7:38:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies · 1,126+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/21/2009 | Ben Smith
    Virginia Democrats are highlighting this video of GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell from a rally-the-base speech earlier today at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in Lynchburg. McDonnell's promise to be a champion for traditional marriage and anti-abortion stalwart comes on the morning following the final debate of the governor's race Tuesday night -- a debate where the Republican said that, if elected, his focus would be on issues such as jobs, transportation and energy. Pressed about his opposition to abortion at the debate, McDonnell was far less expansive than in front of the evangelical students at Liberty. And, it should be...
  • Cardinal DiNardo pleas for unborn at 'Red Mass' attended by Supreme Court justices

    10/05/2009 9:42:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 1,362+ views
    cna ^ | October 5, 2009
    Archbishop Donald Wuerl talks with Chief Justice John Roberts after the Red Mass Washington D.C., Oct 5, 2009 / 10:40 am (CNA).- One day before the opening of the Supreme Court's next term, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, issued a plea for the rights of the unborn at the 56th Annual "Red Mass," celebrated yesterday at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington D.C. The Mass was attended by six Supreme Court justices.The Mass is an initiative of the John Carroll Society, a group of Catholic legal professionals, and has been held at the cathedral since...
  • The Red Report ( Red Mass in DC's St Matthew's Cathedral)

    10/04/2009 1:51:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 1,123+ views
    witl ^ | October 4, 2009 | Rocco Palmo
    Fronting the pews at this morning's Red Mass in DC's St Matthew's Cathedral: the nation's First Catholic -- Vice-President Joe Biden -- joined by six Supreme Court Justices, including the bench's Chief John Roberts and newest member Sonia Sotomayor, both likewise of the fold. While the fulltext has yet to emerge, the wire's running a snip from the day's visiting preacher: The specialized, formal knowledge of the law "frequently becomes semi-mechanical, even distancing," [Cardinal Daniel] DiNardo [of Galveston-Houston] told the congregation. "The law and lawyers are around because justice among human beings will always be an issue." "Even sophisticated,...
  • Vatican Official: Church Erred in Holding Kennedy Funeral

    09/24/2009 2:24:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies · 2,958+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | September 24, 2009 | David Gibson
    <p>The tug-of-war over Ted Kennedy's soul seems to be eternal.</p> <p>"It is not possible to be a practicing Catholic and to conduct oneself in this manner," said Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, whom the pope transferred to Rome in 2008 after Burke's often-stormy tenure as archbishop of St. Louis.</p>
  • Another Pro-Abortion Catholic Massachusetts Senator?

    09/25/2009 1:26:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 612+ views
    ncr ^ | September 25, 2009 | TOM MCFEELY
    According to this post at USA Today’s Faith & Reason blog, that could be the depressing reality following the interim appointment of Paul Kirk to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, until a special election is held next January. Kirk was appointed yesterday by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and was sworn into the Senate today by Vice President Joe Biden.  But as USA Today notes, while Kirk is Catholic (in fact, he’s the grandnephew of Cardinal William O’Connell, who served as Archbishop of Boston from 1907-1944), Kirk also has a...
  • Sebelius on her bishop: "It was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced in my life"

    09/16/2009 4:17:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 83 replies · 2,092+ views
    Deacon's Bench ^ | September 16, 2009 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    The Washington Post the other day posted a lengthy interview with Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Catholic. A pertinent excerpt: MS. ROMANO: You are also a pro-choice Catholic, and I was reading some stories out of your home state recently where one of the bishops took an action. Can you tell us a little bit about that? SECRETARY SEBELIUS: Well, the Archbishop in the Kansas City area did not approve of my conduct as a public official and asked that I not present myself for communion. MS. ROMANO: What did you think about that? SECRETARY SEBELIUS:...
  • "The Damage Done is Profound": Former Senator Santorum Speaks on the Kennedy Funeral

    09/16/2009 3:54:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 52 replies · 2,291+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/16/09 | John-Henry Westen
    ORALANDO, September 15, 2009 ( - In addition to his announcement that he is considering a run for President in 2012, former US Senator Rick Santorum gave his assessment of the controversy around the Ted Kennedy funeral during his speech to the Catholic Leadership Conference last week. Santorum's talk focused on rejuvenating the Catholic Church in the United States.During his speech Santorum lamented "what the Church allowed to happen" with the Kennedy funeral, referring to it as a "deification" of Kennedy.  "The damage done" to the Church, he said, "is profound.""We have Catholic politicians who have led this country astray, have led...