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Catholic Consistency

Representative Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island said on Sunday that the Roman Catholic bishop of Providence had instructed him to refrain from receiving communion because of his stance on abortion.
"In light of the church's clear teaching, and your consistent actions," the letter said, "I believe it is inappropriate for you to be receiving holy communion and I now ask respectfully that you refrain from doing so."
Another letter was sent to everyone who has ever attended his church. "In light of the church's clear teachings on war, materialism, lying, supporting war and helping the sick and poor," it read, "it is inappropriate for a single person to show up for communion ever again."

"Please return when you are as Christly as me," the bishop wrote.
11.23.2009 |