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What do you think of Kennedy saying he is not allowed to participate in Communion?

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, A Rhode Island Democrat, said the Roman Catholic bishop of Providence has forbidden him from receiving communion due to his support for abortion rights, the Providence Journal reported on its Web site Sunday.

Kennedy said Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin "instructed me not to take communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me communion," the paper reported.

The report said a spokesman for Tobin declined to comment on whether the bishop told Kennedy not to receive communion. According to the report, the spokesman denied that Tobin ordered any priests to refuse Kennedy the fundamental Catholic sacrament.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:35 PM on Nov. 22, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • According to the report, the spokesman denied that Tobin ordered any priests to refuse Kennedy the fundamental Catholic sacrament.

    I think he's a drama queen looking for sympathetic publicity.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:36 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:37 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • The line you quoted NP says that the bishop didn't go to each church and ask priest to police the communion line. That normally doesn't happen anyways. We saw it with Kathleen Sebelius. It does NOT say he was told he cannot receive communion.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:39 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • Very simple - Kennedy says they told the priests not to give him communion. The church says they did not tell the priests not to give him communion. Someone is lying here. I choose to believe Kennedy is the liar because he has the most to gain from his lie than the church would have to gain from lying in this case.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:51 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • And what the Bishop told Kennedy is no different than what he'd tell any Catholic who rejects a church teaching. If someone doesn't understand a teaching, is confused, is honestly questioning it - that person can receive Holy Communion as long as they are prayfully and honestly trying to understand and accept the teaching.

    If someone rejects the teaching then that position would diminish a person's communion with the Cathoilc Church. Holy Communion is in part about communion with the church (as the name implies). If one accept Holy Communion but rejects church teachings - then one is basically lying claiming that they are in communion with the church when they're not. And if a public person is doing it - it's sort of like sticking your tongue out at the Church basically saying I can do whatever I want - which seems quite disrespectful to me. So the bishop was right to tell Kennedy that he should refrain from Communion
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:07 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • All I was trying to point out is that it is not normal to tell priest not to give communion to certain people. It happened in KS when Kathleen Sibelius was told not to receive communion and we saw in Washington DC she received communion.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:11 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • what is Kennedy's view on abortion?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:30 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • Anonymous
    what is Kennedy's view on abortion?






    Kennedy is a democrat. All democrats support abortion.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:43 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • Kennedy is a democrat. All democrats support abortion 


    BULL  $*^%+


     

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:56 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

  • wow thats a stereo typing statement to the max..... Not all democrats support abortion and not all republicans support it either..
    come on get real here!

    as for the question... the bible talks about how there are times not to take it because of unrepentent sin as in the case here the sin is the support of , the condoning of killing babies and the catholic church is against that.
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 3:37 PM on Nov. 22, 2009

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