Action Alert!

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.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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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?