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waiting for another shoe to drop

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Nov 30, 2009

If you've been following the public debate between Rep. Patrick Kennedy and Bishop Thomas Tobin, you should recognize the pattern by now: The Congressman tosses a rhetorical bomb, and the bishop responds. Then Kennedy lapses into silence, while his friends in the media carry the argument for him. After a week or two, Kennedy tosses another bomb. His last incendiary statement was made on November 20, which means he's just about due.

Today Kennedy is scheduled to speak about health-care reform at Brown University. If he doesn't raise the issue himself, someone in the audience is sure to bring up a question about the Congressman's relationship with the Catholic Church.

Round Four is about to begin. You heard it here first.

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  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Nov. 30, 2009 4:48 PM ET USA

    The shoe that I fear will drop will be on Bishop Tobin just like it did on Bishop Martino of Scranton. Some higher-ups in the Church decidedly must not like their Brother Bishops who do not shrink from a confrontation. I don't see many running to support Bishop Tobin. The world has a great way of separating the wheat from the chaff in the Church.

  • Posted by: Wild Bill - Nov. 30, 2009 12:48 PM ET USA

    How many shoes does that clown have?

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