He's a Kennedy, I'm sure this will be taken to the pope.
Washington (CNN) -- Rhode Island's top Roman Catholic leader has asked Rep. Patrick Kennedy to stop taking Communion over his support for abortion rights, the diocese said Sunday.
In a statement issued Sunday, Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin said he told Kennedy in February 2007 that it would be "inappropriate" for him to continue receiving the fundamental Catholic sacrament, "and I now ask respectfully that you refrain from doing so."
Kennedy is the son of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and a scion of the most prominent Catholic family in modern U.S. politics.
The Roman Catholic Church strongly opposes abortion, which has been legal across the United States since 1973. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops lobbied for tight restrictions on federal funding of abortion in the health care bill the House of Representatives passed earlier this month.
Kennedy opposed a provision that restricted the use of federal money for abortions, but voted in favor of final passage of the bill that included that language.
In an interview published Sunday, he told the Providence Journal that Tobin had barred him from receiving Communion and instructed priests in the diocese not to administer the sacrament "because of the positions that I've taken as a public official."
In his statement, issued in response to the Kennedy interview, Tobin said his advice to the congressman was "pastoral and confidential," and he was surprised that Kennedy chose to discuss it publicly.
"I am disappointed that the congressman would make public my request of nearly three years ago that sought to provide solely for his spiritual well-being," he said.
In an October interview, Kennedy criticized the bishops for threatening to oppose the overall bill if it did not include those restrictions. That prompted Tobin to call Kennedy's position "unacceptable to the church and scandalous to many of our members."
Tobin said Sunday only that he asked Kennedy not to take Communion.
"I have no desire to continue the discussion of Congressman Kennedy's spiritual life in public," he said. "At the same time, I will absolutely respond publicly and strongly whenever he attacks the Catholic Church, misrepresents the teachings of the church or issues inaccurate statements about my pastoral ministry."
The latest exchange was comes on the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Kennedy's uncle, John F. Kennedy, the nation's first Catholic president. Patrick Kennedy is the last member of his family serving in Congress.
More evidence that churches should lose their tax-exempt status, since they keep sticking their noses into political issues.
Why do they always go after the politicians who support reproductive rights and not those who are gung ho for the death penalty?
I read this yesterday. I think it's a crock of bull, and the Bishop just wants attention. The Kennedy's were all for abortion rights, why ban one of them now.
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What people still see in these organized religions is beyond me. Who the fuck is another human being to either give or deny me absolution for sins???They are just human, too, and no better than me or closer to God. It's all a crock, a total racket.
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I am neither Catholic nor a supporter of the church's views on abortion. But the church has the right to state its view to members like Kennedy and say "your position on this issue is not consistent with our moral teachings." If you disagree with the basic tenets of the Catholic Church then don't be Catholic.
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