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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

No respecter of persons...



Dear Congressman Kennedy
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Bishop Tobin, exercising his pastoral duties, extending a fatherly rebuke to Patrick Kennedy, writes:
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Your letter also says that your faith “acknowledges the existence of an imperfect humanity.” Absolutely true. But in confronting your rejection of the Church’s teaching, we’re not dealing just with “an imperfect humanity” – as we do when we wrestle with sins such as anger, pride, greed, impurity or dishonesty. We all struggle with those things, and often fail.
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Your rejection of the Church’s teaching on abortion falls into a different category – it’s a deliberate and obstinate act of the will; a conscious decision that you’ve re-affirmed on many occasions. Sorry, you can’t chalk it up to an “imperfect humanity.” Your position is unacceptable to the Church and scandalous to many of our members. It absolutely diminishes your communion with the Church.
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Congressman Kennedy, I write these words not to embarrass you or to judge the state of your conscience or soul. That’s ultimately between you and God. But your description of your relationship with the Church is now a matter of public record, and it needs to be challenged. I invite you, as your bishop and brother in Christ, to enter into a sincere process of discernment, conversion and repentance. It’s not too late for you to repair your relationship with the Church, redeem your public image, and emerge as an authentic “profile in courage,” especially by defending the sanctity of human life for all people, including unborn children. And if I can ever be of assistance as you travel the road of faith, I would be honored and happy to do so.

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Sincerely yours,
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Thomas J. Tobin
Bishop of Providence - Rhode Island Catholic
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Praise God for our good and courageous bishops.  Pray for our bishops and priests.

1 comment:

  1. I like this guy! But what on earth brought this on? Why now? I read in the Bishop's response something about "your letter."

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