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When religion and politics clash! November 24, 2009

Posted by bigworldcentral in Breaking News, Misc., Politics, Uncategorized, USA News.
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Today the Catholic Church issued an order to Senator Patrick Kennedy to skip communion due to his stance on abortion.  He is in essence on restriction from receiving the Eucharist for the past

three years.  The platform of the Catholic Church has always been the preservation of life.  Not only is the church anti-abortion but it is also anti-death penalty.  The church has consistently remained committed to these positions.

Senator Patrick Kennedy, the son of Ted Kennedy, is a lifelong Catholic (as all the Kennedy clan are).  In addition to being Catholic the Kennedy’s are lifelong members of the Democratic Party.  A party that advances a platform that includes the right to abortion.  As recent as last weekend, the Democrats moved forward its healthcare bill which includes provisions for abortion in its Government run healthcare plan.  Kennedy voted for the Senate bill. 

Bishop Thomas Tobin wrote Kennedy in 2007 asking him to refrain from receiving communion.  In his letter Bishop Tobin stated: 

“If a Catholic in his or her personal or professional life were knowingly and obstinately to repudiate her definite teachings on moral issues, he or she would seriously diminish his or her communion with the Church. Reception of Holy Communion in such a situation would not accord with the nature of the Eucharistic celebration, so that he or she should refrain.”

The request was in accord with the then recent statement issued by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

Bishop Tobin is displeased that Kennedy would make this private matter public.  He has issued a statement that can be read here:  http://tinyurl.com/ybmywm3

Is Senator Kennedy wrong for going against the teachings of his faith in order to appease the platform of his political party?  Is Bishop Tobin wrong for asking that Senator Kennedy not take the Eucharist since he is not abiding to his faith.  Is Senator Kennedy wrong for making this issue public?  Is Bishop Tobin wrong for being upset with Kennedy for releasing this issue to the media?  Tell us what you think.

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