I don’t get it.

I don’t fully understand why certain people are making such a big deal out of the Rhode Island Roman Catholic bishop’s decision to ask Patrick Kennedy to stop receiving Communion due to his pro-abortion stance. It seems rather cut-and-dried to me. I know some will say that the Catholic Church is being judgmental here and it’s unbecoming of them to do that, but the bishop isn’t asking Kennedy to stop taking Communion based on anything he has done. He’s asking Kennedy to stop taking it based on what he believes, which to me is clearly a fundamental difference and makes Mario Cuomo’s complaint about faith guiding one’s authority little more than a half-assed attempt at rationalizing whatever beliefs one wants to hold. But that’s just what I think…

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One Response to “I don’t get it.”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    paul b (75.224.137.252)
    Well, this is a great opportunity to do some Catholic-bashing from the liberal set. It’s the only thing they like better than railing away at Christianity in general. And to deny a Kennedy is a mortal sin among the Huffington set.
    November 23, 2009, 9:00:57 AM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    BobG (68.166.210.75)
    Personally, I don’t see why it is newsworthy; it is between him and the church.
    November 23, 2009, 9:43:22 AM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    Sabra (209.184.113.99)
    It’s really not newsworthy but for the fact that, as Paul B said, it’s an opportunity for some Catholic-bashing.

    Erik, isn’t it odd how we discussed this very thing, albeit not about Kennedy, and now it’s coming up again? My opinion is the same as it was then. He’s Catholic. He’s expected to abide by the Church’s dictates. There’s a reason I’m Protestant.
    November 23, 2009, 10:10:31 AM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    B Woodman (205.160.143.250)
    The Catholic Church is like any other private organization. They set their own rules. If you don’t like those rules, then leave & set up your own organization with your own rules. The church can include, or exclude, whoever they want, for whatever reasons. You are free to listen to their preachings, or not. You are free to obey, or not.

    Why all the fuss?

    There is no one SO IMPORTANT that they MUST be allowed to belong to the Church, or they’ll sue the Church for inclusion.

    I feel the same way about gays bashing any church (most churches) they happen to disagree with about (fill in the blank). For most everything that gays want to do (partner healthcare, adoption, inheritance, marriage, etc), you don’t NEED a church to sanction those actions.

    So again, why all the fuss?

    All these SO-IMPORTANT people. Legends in their own minds.

    B Woodman
    III-per
    November 23, 2009, 2:07:59 PM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    Mattexian (68.206.13.107)
    Not just that, Woodman, they think they’re exempt from their own church’s teachings on certain moral topics, which the church sees as absolutes, non-debatable. I’m glad the Roman Catholics are finally standing up for something, after they practically endorsed That One last year, in spite of his pro-abortion platform.
    November 23, 2009, 2:33:02 PM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    Sabra (66.69.88.111)
    If you don’t like those rules, then leave & set up your own organization with your own rules.

    Yep, that’s why my church exists. And why the Methodist church exists (they didn’t like the way we did things).
    November 23, 2009, 4:28:28 PM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    the pistolero (68.203.231.7)
    It isn’t newsworthy, no, but it indeed is a great opportunity to bash Catholics and Christianity in general.

    Erik, isn’t it odd how we discussed this very thing, albeit not about Kennedy, and now it’s coming up again?

    Yep, we do have great timing, don’t we, Sabra? I do wonder if they’d be making as big a deal out of this if it wasn’t a Kennedy — or a pro-abortion politician in general — being asked not to take Communion. I think we all know the answer.

    Legends in their own minds.
    Yep.

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