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Opinion: Chris Matthews should be fired for his Offensive Interview of Bishop Tobin Comments

Matthews showed how inept he is as an interviewer, how misinformed he is as a Catholic, how rude he is as a person and how threatened he is by the Moral truth. Continue Reading

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  1. Madeleine Fisher
    5 years ago

    It is so tragic---3600 babies each day are killed by abortion --so few recognize these murders--calling it a woman's right to choose--they don't see it is a baby--they don't accept that it is killing their innocent child in the womb.Arguing won't make them see it---only a change of heart and mind by God's Grace. I pray for all pro abortion people---for their conversion and repentance of all the killing. I was in that mind set once too and I am so sorry for what I have done to promote abortions!!

  2. Jacqueline Kruger
    5 years ago

    I agree with Father John Corapi who says relative to the right to choose, "Choose what?" The choice was already made when the man and woman agreed to have sex outside of marriage." Abortion is murder, plain and simple. Aborting "souls" interferes with God's plan for souls...This thought makes me tremble. I would not want to face God on Judgement Day and have to exlain why the abortion.....that goes for the man as well as the woman!

    Chris Matthews and others like him should come to the realization that they are really not Catholics at all....to quote Father Corapi one more time, "You cannot be Catholic and pro-choice!" The cafeteria Catholic who picks and chooses what he believe in is by far not Catholic, but rather his faith is believing in his own opinions!

  3. DP
    5 years ago

    Chris Matthews is a master of the ad nauseam attack, as demonstrated. What awesome interviewing skills -- NOT!!

  4. DP
    5 years ago

    Matthews is an arrogant, mule-headed, imbecile. He and MSNBC are not the least bit interested in hearing what the Church has to say. Instead he steamrolled Bishop Tobin in an attempt to get a simple answer for a question where there is no single, all-encompassing punishment. Bishop tried to explain that punishment would depend on the involvement of the participants. But numb-skull Matthews was having no part of a civil, thoughtful argument. Chris Matthews should publicly apologize and seek help immediately! We should all pray for him as well as Patrick Kennedy.

  5. Maria Teresa
    5 years ago

    From The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights:

    http://www.catholicleague.com/release.php?id=1723

    CHRIS MATTHEWS INSULTS BISHOP TOBIN

    November 24, 2009

    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the way MSNBC host Chris Matthews handled his interview with Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin last night on “Hardball”:

    We were deluged with phone calls, faxes and e-mails after what happened yesterday on “Hardball.” After watching the first portion of the interview between Chris Matthews and Bishop Tobin, I wondered what all the fuss was all about: Chris was just being his usual aggressive self. But it didn’t take long before Matthews literally spun out of control.

    Matthews proceeded with an extended and quite insulting lecture. He had absolutely no interest in a discussion on the question of the morality and legality of abortion—all he wanted to do was to make the bishop sit there and listen to his rant. Indeed, his tirade was simply over-the-top.

    No non-Catholic would ever treat a bishop this way. But too many liberal Catholics, especially Irish Catholics, think they are exempt from the same standards of civility that apply to others. They are flatly wrong.

    I was on MSNBC twice yesterday on this same subject and was treated with respect both times. Ed Schultz, who can be quite tough, was totally respectful, and I’m a lay person. Chris could learn a thing or two from Ed, who not only does not insult his guests, he actually gives them a chance to respond.

    Contact executive producer John Reiss: hardball@msnbc.com
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  6. ladysazerac
    5 years ago

    Thanks for this article.
    Deacon..did you watch at all Chris Matthews during the Democratic Primary and during the Presidential campaign at all

    This man is so arrogant re anything and anyone who dare disagree..with him...it is no surprise he treated Bishop Tobin as he did.

    Congratulations for Bishop Tobin both for his action re Patrick Kennedy and his actions of not backing off from the likes of one of the many minions of overweaning self centered importance..solipsism at its best..that is Matthews.

  7. TJ
    5 years ago

    What's sadder than Chris Matthews treatment of the good Bishop is all the people who are defending him here.

  8. chris
    5 years ago

    I agree with Jack Rawlinson. I do see a pattern here that when an argument does not go the way of the opposing view in this case deacon Keith Fournier call for the resignation or firing of the person conducting the interview.

  9. Michael Futschik
    5 years ago

    You guys are missing the point. It is not the bishop's role or duty to determine the legal punishment/penalty for abortion... that is the duty of those whose job it is to formulate legislation. The bishop's point is that legislation should be developed in accordance with certain moral norms. Just as it is not the bishop's job to detemine the penalty between 1st and 2nd degree murder, or between capital murder and pre-meditated murder versus involuntary man-slaughter and wrongful death (yet we al agree murder should not be legally protected), similarly for abortion and the differences between whether a woman willfully chose abortion, her mental state, whether she was coerced or forced by a boyfriend or married man who did not want his unfaithfulness to be discovered, etc.

  10. Scott D
    5 years ago

    With all due respect Deacon, I didn't see the interview but as a practicing catholic, I'm inclined to pray for Chris Matthews' conversion and for the light of Christ be revealed to him in God's way. Wishing him to be fired is contrary to charity and rather childish. We all need prayer and conversion. That should be our wish for all souls, no matter how seemingly wretched or disrepectful.


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