Bishop Bans Kennedy from Communion Over Abortion

A Catholic bishop reportedly bans Patrick Kennedy from communion because of his pro-choice beliefs.

Bishop Bans Kennedy from Communion Over Abortion

A Catholic bishop reportedly banned Patrick Kennedy from communion because of his pro-choice beliefs.

-Margeaux Baulch Klein

Patrick Kennedy and Edward Kennedy

A Rhode Island Catholic bishop has banned Rep. Patrick Kennedy from taking communion because of his pro-choice stance on abortion, the Providence Journal reported.

In an interview, Kennedy, the son of late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, disclosed to the newspaper that Bishop Thomas Tobin reportedly told him that it would be “inappropriate” for him to continue taking the Catholic sacrament, a fundamental part of Sunday services, because of the positions he’s taken as a congressman. Most notably, Kennedy opposed a provision that restricted the use of federal funds for abortions; however, he ended up voting for a version of bill that included the restrictions when it finally passed earlier this month.

Bishop Tobin issued his own response on Sunday, saying that he was disappointed that Kennedy chose to speak publicly about the matter, noting that he had considered the request for Kennedy to stop taking communion to be “pastoral” and “confidential.”

“I have no desire to continue the discussion of Congressman Kennedy’s spiritual life in public. 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,” he said. (CNN)

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