Thursday, January 16, 2014

Kudos to you Bishop

How about this Bishop? Kudos to you, Your Excellency! Bishop Tobin calls Senator Patrick Kennedy to repentance I have nothing to add to the ending of this magnificent, pastoral attempt to bring an errant sheep into the fold. He is a true shepherd with a heart for souls. Bravo, Bishop Tobin! "Your rejection of the Church’s teaching on abortion falls into a different category – it’s a deliberate and obstinate act of the will; a conscious decision that you’ve re-affirmed on many occasions. Sorry, you can’t chalk it up to an “imperfect humanity.” Your position is unacceptable to the Church and scandalous to many of our members. It absolutely diminishes your communion with the Church. Congressman Kennedy, I write these words not to embarrass you or to judge the state of your conscience or soul. That’s ultimately between you and God. But your description of your relationship with the Church is now a matter of public record, and it needs to be challenged. I invite you, as your bishop and brother in Christ, to enter into a sincere process of discernment, conversion and repentance. It’s not too late for you to repair your relationship with the Church, redeem your public image, and emerge as an authentic “profile in courage,” especially by defending the sanctity of human life for all people, including unborn children. And if I can ever be of assistance as you travel the road of faith, I would be honored and happy to do so." Sincerely yours, Thomas J. Tobin Bishop of Providence Now there is a Bishop to be proud of .

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