Here is what the reader posted:
Bishop Thomas Tobin, Providence, RI
You SOB hypocrite. I am a devout catholic, [Wow! For a devout catholic you sure are! Is this the right way to treat a bishop even if you do not agree with his views?] and I do not share your view ex-communicating [he was not excommunicated. he was forbidden to receive Holy Communion UNTIL he repents of his public sin which is support for the murder of babies!] Rep Patrick Kennedy. Did the Pope sanction such ex-communication? [again it was NOT excommunication! And it does not have to be the Pope to do such an action, if needed be. That is the role of the local bishop. That is why he is there in the first place, appointed by the Pope, to shepherd the flock of Jesus Christ so that they would not go down the road of perdition!] How dare you. You sure look like a Right Winger from the Republican Party. Why don't you leave the priesthood and join your fellow corrupt politician at the Republican party. If you are playing the novice stupid politician, remember that your job Sir is to preach the christian doctrine not play politics.
First things first.
Ted Kennedy criticized Catholic bishops for their strong opposition to certain provisions of the Health Care Bill among them is providing access to abortion at the expense of tax payers money. Get it? Kennedy was the first one to criticize.
His very own bishop, Bishop Tobin, reprimanded him for being a Catholic and being pro-abortion. Kennedy responded by saying that he remains a Catholic in good standing EVEN THOUGH he supports abortion! His bishop says no! Repent first before you receive Communion.
The bishop is just doing his job: to take care of the spiritual welfare of his flock! That is his first priority. His action is now being construed as meddling with politics. I dare say YES! If bills being debated are inhumane, unjust and downright cruel, EVERY RELIGION has the moral obligation to stand up against such legislative action.
Sane and rational people need not be reminded that abortion is killing!
This is not a Democratic or Republican issue nor is it an issue of American, Asian or European! It is an issue of civil human beings.
First things first.
Let us agree on this issue:
ABORTION IS MURDER!
Then we can start talking about the job descriptions of a congressman and a Catholic bishop.
THAT'S A HUMAN BEING!
YOU CALL THIS WOMAN'S RIGHT?
YOU CALL THIS CHOICE?
DAMN RIGHT YOU ARE!
YOU CHOSE THE ROAD TO HELL!