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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. mespo727272
    5 years ago

    Though wrong on the issue of abortion, the Bishop is precisely right that Congressman Kennedy should refrain from the practice of his faith. It is a misguided article of the Catholic faith to care more about a 100 cell zygote than an innocent person condemned to death or the 45000 people who will die without health care reform this year. Likewise it is an abomination that the Church teaches that it is better to sacrifice the life of the mother than perform an abortion to save her life. It is consistent though to require that it's members follow its teachings. I feel that all Catholic politicians who harbor pro-choice leanings should renounce their membership in this Institution. That would go along way to preserving the dogmatic purity of the sect while insuring its utter irrelevance to our political dialog. With membership dropping and our society, thankfully, becoming more secular it is important that organized religion be isolated and shown as the threat to human freedom that the fundamentalists of all stripes seem bent on proving most every day. Bishop Tobin's assistance in crystallizing this issue can hardly be overstated. He seems the personification of Thomas Jefferson's warning that, “In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.”

  2. jack Garcia
    5 years ago

    Bishop Tobin Contra Congressman Kennedy

    Christian Apologetics - Plato's Apology

    Bishop Tobin to Congressman Patrick Kennedy:
    'What does it mean to be a Catholic?'
    By Deacon Keith Fournier


    The irony of Rhode Island Bishop Tobin's
    letter to Congressman Patrick Kennedy,
    is that the Bishop does not deny
    Communion to the Congressman; rather,
    the Bishop accepts the Congressman's
    own self expressed disqualification.

    In Plato's Apology there is a similar irony
    in the "apology" being, not an apology,
    but rather an exposé of Plato's accusers.


    "In the English language, the word apology,
    derived from the Greek word apologia,
    usually refers to asking for forgiveness
    for a blameworthy act. Christian
    apologetics are meant, however, to
    argue that Christianity is reasonable and
    in accordance with the evidence that can
    be examined and metaphysical
    considerations, analogous to the use of
    the term in Plato's Apology of Socrates."


  3. Caroline
    5 years ago

    Praise the Lord!

  4. Vance
    5 years ago

    THANK YOU BISHOP TOBIN for your courageous stance for the church. It's ashame that the majority of our US Bishops do not have your courage to stand up against politicians who are militant against the church. You are a hero in the eyes of the faithful and a great role model for church leadership. GOD BLESS YOU. WE ARE WITH YOU.

  5. Marilyn K
    5 years ago

    I am so pleased to see someone in the hierarchy FINALLY take a stan on this issue. Congrats to Bishop Tobin.
    Marilyn K.

  6. Marilyn K
    5 years ago

    I am so pleased to see someone in the hierarchy FINALLY take a stand on this issue. Congrats to Bishop Tobin.
    Marilyn K.

  7. richard
    5 years ago

    yes may the holy spirit lead you to believe what is whanted of your institution lol that sounded like my chaplain, keep your bread mr tobin. semper fi patches

  8. Rod
    5 years ago

    I don't understand how any Catholic can believe that disagreement with the 10 commandments is acceptable. The right to life is certainly based on that as written in the catechism. I wonder when the bishops will finally begin to wield their power and begin excommunication of Catholics who support abortion? This is a wonderful letter to be sure but it seems that many of our politicians look at these actions as being little more than a nuisance. Can God be pleased with a church that continues to tolerate disobedience in matters of the basic christian faith?

  9. Believer
    5 years ago

    I am so happy to finally see us Catholics stop watering down our beliefs for a society that is constantly losing it's way. I am convinced that "Patches" Kennedy is a CINO (Catholic in Name Only). Way to go Bishop Tobin!

  10. Anon
    5 years ago

    A wonderful letter that expressed clearly concepts that need to be understood by many. Unfortunate, though, that it had to be directed at one individual. Backing someone into a corner - however justified - is rarely an effective way to get that person to change his or her mind. The contrary is more likely....

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