Full Text — Statement of Bishop Tobin in Response to Congressman Kennedy’s Attack on Catholic Church

“Congressman Kennedy continues to be a disappointment to the Catholic Church and to the citizens of the State of Rhode Island. I believe the Congressman owes us an apology for his irresponsible comments…”

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(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, today issued the following statement in response to a Cybercast News Service article that reported: Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I) told CNSNews.com that the Catholic Church is doing nothing but fanning “the flames of dissent and discord” by taking the position that it will oppose the health-care reform bill under consideration in Congress unless it is amended to explicitly prohibit funding of abortion.

“Congressman Patrick Kennedy’s statement about the Catholic Church’s position on health care reform is irresponsible and ignorant of the facts. But the Congressman is correct in stating that “he can’t understand.” He got that part right.

As I wrote to Congressman Kennedy and other members of the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation recently, the Bishops of the United States are indeed in favor of comprehensive health care reform and have been for many years. But we are adamantly opposed to health care legislation that threatens the life of unborn children, requires taxpayers to pay for abortion, rations health care, or compromises the conscience of individuals.

Congressman Kennedy continues to be a disappointment to the Catholic Church and to the citizens of the State of Rhode Island. I believe the Congressman owes us an apology for his irresponsible comments. It is my fervent hope and prayer that he will find a way to provide more effective and morally responsible leadership for our state.”

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5 thoughts on “Full Text — Statement of Bishop Tobin in Response to Congressman Kennedy’s Attack on Catholic Church”

  1. Thank you Bishop Tobin. You have ended the confusion. Now if the other Bishops who service Pelosi, Kerry, Durbin, Biden and all the other pro-abortion Catholics-in-name-only will take similar steps, the entire Church will be strengthened. We have been taught that abortion isn’t a “maybe” issue. It is time our teachers acted that way.

  2. Where was Bishop Tobin when his church was aiding and abetting pedophiles? Where is Bishop Tobin’s moral outrage when we go to war and kill thousands of innocent women and children? Why is he not denying communion to those who support capital punishment? The commandment is “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” not “Thou Shalt Not Kill Except for Those We Think Deserve It or If It’s Collateral Damage.” Bishop Tobin would rather let a born human die than an unborn one. This makes him moral? He is a hypocrite, like all Catholics who selectively chose whatever part of Jesus’s teaching suits them. He also should shut up and keep his pedophile-abetting self out of politics.

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