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Bishop Tobin to Congressman Patrick Kennedy: ´What does it mean to be a Catholic?´ Comments

Your rejection of the Church´s teaching on abortion falls into a different category it´s a deliberate and obstinate act of the will; a conscious decision that you´ve re-affirmed on many occasions. Continue Reading

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  1. Myra Kelly , Foxrock, Dublin 18.
    4 years ago

    I wish to congratulate you on your letter to Mr Kennedy. I only wish other bishops had your courage

  2. Betty McKenzie
    4 years ago

    Bishop Tobin,Respectfully may I ask do you intend to refuse the Holy Communion to all Catholics who practice artificial birth control? I thought the church teaches that life begins at conception.This attitude towards Patrick Kennedy wouldn't be just a little right wing thinking, creeping in,would it?

  3. Msgr. Peter
    4 years ago

    History does repeat itself. Being the Feast of St. Ambrose, one should recall that he took on Emperor Theodosius in 390. The Emperor had massacred about 1,000 Thessalonikans then and upon his arrival to attend Liturgy, St. Ambrose forbade to attend until he did penance - which he did!

  4. Suzette
    4 years ago

    Great Letter Bp Tobin.


  5. David
    4 years ago

    "Your position is unacceptable to the Church and scandalous to many of our members."

    That was the line I was waiting for, it took at least ten years before someone actually wrote it.

    Many Irish and Italian members of the Church believe that being Catholic is a hereditary heirloom. I know "White" or a person of German descendant who became Catholic as an adult and studies all the books and the writings, understanding only some of it who you would swear was a Catholic nun for many years. However, because she is "white" she believes that she is more Catholic than I.

    We have many shades of "Catholics" some who distill their faith as if it where a family heirloom and some who try to sequester themselves in isolation from the rest of the Catholic body by paying the $65.00 to use the Fordham Library although they themselves are on public assistance and through it all become 'exclusive' and 'higher' than the rest of us.

    I'm glad Bishop Tobin wrote this letter, I think every catechist ought to read it to the catchumen.

  6. Joseph Loh
    4 years ago

    Praise the Lord, To be a catholic,(for that as a Christian) We must have the Faith ( Believe in the Church Teaching. and practice and act like one). If not they are just using the identity to their own objective.God will have His own way to deal with the issue.

  7. Fr.Thomas
    4 years ago

    For a long time I was longing that God may send us a Voice which will speak against the crimes of morality in the society.I was really crying when I read all the comments of the people. Not even one supported for the stand of Mr. Kennedy. It really shows most of the people are still having courage to stand up against abortion and I pray that these people also raise their voice against homosexuality. I really pray for bishop Thomas Tobin, St.John the baptist of our days.May God Bless him and give the courage to other bishops also to stand firmly against the teaching of the church. Please give wide coverage for this type of issues which may enhance the faith of the people and be proud to be a catholic. Million of thanks your lordship, the real shepherd of our tim. We pray for you and we are with you!

  8. Tom
    4 years ago

    Thank you Bishop Tobin. I have long thought that Ted Kennedy should have been excommunicated. It's good to see The Church finally taking a more offensive stance against our decadent government.

  9. Dan
    4 years ago

    Bishop Tobin noted that Congressman Kennedy's "rejection of the Church's teaching on abortion" is not a light matter, but a "deliberate and obstinate act of the will, a conscious decision you've reaffirmed on many occasions" that is "unacceptable to the Church and scandalous to many of our members. It absolutely diminishes your communion with the Church." Support for abortion, in other words, does make one less of a Catholic.

    He concluded his letter by inviting Congressman Kennedy, "as your bishop and brother in Christ, to enter into a sincere process of discernment, conversion and repentance," offering his help to that end and reminding him that "it's not too late for you to repair your relationship with the Church, redeem your public image, and emerge as an authentic 'profile in courage,' especially by defending the sanctity of human life for all people, including unborn children."

  10. LtCol Philip E Trickett, USAF [Ret]
    4 years ago

    Rep Kennedy,
    If you believe that 5 black-robed devils speak absolutely about abortion in America, the surely you also believe that one of those 5 will judge you at your final judgement and commit you to heaven or hell!


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