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'Disconcerted' Rep. Kennedy unhappy with bishop's public statement on his duty as a Catholic

November 11, 2009

Reacting to public statements by Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, who had questioned whether he met “the basic requirements of being a Catholic,” Congressman Patrick Kennedy said that he found the bishop’s remarks “very disconcerting.” The Rhode Island lawmaker, whose scheduled meeting with Bishop Tobin had been postponed earlier this week, charged that the bishop had violated an agreement not to question his commitment to the Catholic faith. He said that he still intends to meet with Bishop Tobin, but insisted that any discussion of his duties to the Catholic faith should be “between us.”


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  • Posted by: - Nov. 14, 2009 5:07 PM ET USA

    Disconcerting my foot. They have a way around truth, don't they? The Catholic Church is the BODY of Christ. If a body has a diseased limb, try and fix it; if not, cut it off so the rest of the body doesn't become lame and meaningless.

  • Posted by: phargado9857 - Nov. 14, 2009 1:56 PM ET USA

    Someone should inform Representative Kennedy that the "Hyannisport School of Theology", while popular, was never granted accreditation and that he could start his religious education over by reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Paragraphs 2271 and 2272 should clear up the issue for him.

  • Posted by: wtchurch5213 - Nov. 14, 2009 12:26 PM ET USA

    Apparently, with the Kennedy's, the term 'Cafeteria Catholic' always seems to fit!

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Nov. 11, 2009 10:07 PM ET USA

    "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" Patrick Kennedy does not have the luck of the Irish on this one. He is facing Bishop Tobin, who is no Cardinal Medeiros. (And Deo gratias for that.) And who is PK's Fr Robert Drinan, SJ to help him navigate the theology and create the double-talk?

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Nov. 11, 2009 5:49 PM ET USA

    So, in essence, what Patrick is saying is, "Waah, waah, waah!" Poor Patrick. Get him some tissues. He's whining because, after he publicly questioned Church teaching, his Bishop questioned him in the same manner.

  • Posted by: Hal - Nov. 11, 2009 4:51 PM ET USA

    How about humility, repentance and reconciliation? Oh, it's Kennedy.

  • Posted by: Adeodatus109 - Nov. 11, 2009 3:56 PM ET USA

    This never would have happened if bishops had broken the hubris of the Kennedy family a generation ago.