Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy has described comments by Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin questioning his faith because of his stance on abortion and health care reform as “very disconcerting.”
Kennedy made his comments after Bishop Tobin indefinitely postponed a planned Thursday meeting.
He said that the bishop had not kept an agreement not to debate the issue in public in terms of his personal faith. [reference]
Yeah I a sure the good Bishop made an agreement where Rep Kennedy could make idiotic statements against the Bishops on abortion and his local Bishop would say nothing. Though that does seem to be an agreement many bishops have accepted.
But of course the Bishop did not make statements on Kennedy’s “personal faith”, but pertaining to the Catholic faith held by a billion or so. A personal faith that sees fit to attack the public faith is no faith at all.