November 13th, 2009
12:44 PM ET
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Senior Lilarose in Oregon

    Hey, Bishop! This is a free country and freedom of (or from) religion is one of the biggies in the Constitution.

    So quit trashing people who don't believe in your 'fairy tales." Why not go after the child molesters within your church?????

    More than you are now??????

    November 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Good. You can NOT claim to be a good practicing Catholic and be for abortion. It is about time someone put these hypocrites to the text....what is more important to you...your votes and inherited jobs or your religion?

    November 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. J. Carroll Marsh

    The bishop should take his own advice. Being an American means that "you believe certain things"......freedom of religion means that one recognizes moral disctinctions between one's religious and civil beliefs.

    We are SICK of the RC arrogance in asserting themselves - in a speficially unAMerican way - into how our nation's civil public policies are decided.

    As this myopic, self-involved, and extraordinarily arrogant patriarchy just reiterated (in the Rhode Island bishop's words): ...."feel free to leave."

    November 13, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    Lil' drunk taking over were daddy left off.

    November 13, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Roger

    I hope Patrick Kennedy does just what the Bishop suggests LEAVE the church & take all his family & friends....ONCE the $$ stops flowing in the OLE collection plate things will change....IF only these bishops were half as concerned and gave the attention to the young BOYS that have been sexually assaulted by the leaders in the catholic church, I would applaud them.....ABORTION should be a matter of choice between the woman & her GOD, she has to answer for her sins just like the rest of us do & it is nobody elses business...

    November 13, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    The catholic church SHOULD NOT force anyone to FORCE their beliefs on anyone else!!!! CASE and POINT!

    If I am a TRUE catholic and believe in all of its laws – then GOD will see that and judge ME and ME only!!!

    If my JOB calls for me NOT to judge others and TRUST that what they believe in is their prerogative – then I SHOULD NOT judge that person and interfere with their beliefs – GOD would also judge them!!!

    This is the problem of the world where everyone believes their religion is the ONLY TRUE religion and AGAIN, GOD would be the judge of that!!!

    November 13, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. victim of republican greed

    Why is it that the Catholic Church has only one issue? It would seem to me they could spend some time on other topics: war, health care, the economy, and hatred and fear.

    November 13, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Carmen, Miami FL

    Even as a lapsed Catholic, I find it very disturbing how much more vocal the Catholic church and higher-up Catholics seem to be now in terms of leaning on and attempting to pressure our representatives and voters. Worry about your flock and stay out of our laws! Abortion, for the most part, is legal. It is a legal procedure. Very simple concept here.

    I think they should focus on things like poverty and health care access for the poor. This just makes me more frustrated with the Church and I'm glad I'm not an active member anymore.

    November 13, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Before you libs start yammering about "separation of church and state," please keep in mind that the right to free speech extends to everyone in this country, on every topic, and one does not forfeit that right by having religious beliefs. Quite simple.

    November 13, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Reformed Republican

    Put a sock in it there Padre...Stay out of my government's business and away from Capital Hill.

    Americans and our elected officials don't take orders from the Vatican – or Mecca, Tel Aviv, Salt Lake City, UT, Lynchburg, VA or Boulder, CO for that matter. It's called seperation of church and state.

    If you "Talibangelists" want to take away womens rights then get your sheeple to vote it into law if you can.

    On the other hand, if you want to lobby congress then do it the "real" American way – register as a lobbyist. But you'll loose your tax-exempt status and the false appearance of "God's spokesmen" and that's the deal breaker for all of you self-annointed moralizing hypocrites...

    November 13, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Arden Muller

    With all due respect for the Catholic Church, this is not the Church's business. They need to stay out of the politics. The Catholic Church needs to focus on what they need to do to take care of their own. Everyone needs to stay out of this. I don't believe in an abortion, however, I don't want to pay for them. A woman's choice is her choice and she is the one that has to live with her decision. If adoption were easier and not used to make money off of the couple who want to adopt then maybe more unwanted babies could be given a home by a married couple that really want a child.. Think about it. Either way it is no one's business but the woman. Its her decision.

    November 13, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Potomac Wonderfool

    There has been a hue and cry regarding Ft. Hood killer Maj. Hasan who claimed that he was Moslem first and American second. And rightfully so. Religious belief is a personal choice where as being American is a social/national obligation. Now the Catholic bishop's pressure on rep. Kennedy smack of the same conundrum. The catholic heirarchy, from Pope down think you are a catholic first and a nationalist second. John Kennedy said it best when he said that he was American first. rep. Kennedy should tell the catholic bishops the same in no uncertain terms that he is American first at the social/national level and catholic second on the personal level.

    If the catholic bishops cannot understand or accept that, he should either quit the dogmatic catholic church (they will have proven themselves to be no better tan the fundamentalist Imams) or should resign from his position in congress. He cannot have it both ways. And I suggest the same to all catholics in position of authority – We are American first and Christian/Jewish/Moslem/Hindu/Buddhist/aethist second.

    And the Catholic bishops should shut up if they think thay are American first.

    November 13, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. AJ

    Said the Bishop as he pushed the little boy from under his cassock...

    November 13, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. SocialismBad

    Democrats want healthcare for all, including illegal aliens, but have no problem using hospitals and doctors to kill innocent unborn babies. And they accuse the Republicans of being uncaring???

    November 13, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. John, Brooklyn, NY

    The Vatican's direct involvement in influencing specific public policy has once again demonstrated that they are more interested in controlling governments than they are in winning souls to Christ.

    Its time to tax the Roman Catholic church in the U.S. They are clearly no longer a public service organization. They are now a lobbying group.

    November 13, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Idiot_Pelosi

    Not another KENNEDY!!!

    How many crooked politicians can one family have.

    November 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Maybe it was the Ambien that made him take the stance.

    November 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Jane Wisconsin

    Rep. Kennedy, as an elected official, votes as a representative of his constituents and not just his personal beliefs, or the doctrine of his chosen religion. And since when is hypocrisy new to the Catholic Church? Birth Control anyone??

    November 13, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. johnrj08

    The church that condones pedophilia while it amasses the greatest fortune on the planet has no right to tell any politician in this country where to stand on any issue. The church can impose its 19th century intolerant standards on its members, but it needs to lay off the government. Otherwise, it should lose all of the tax advantages which religious organizations get in this country.

    November 13, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Jean 2

    Remember the separation of church and state.
    Why is that fact not a part of the conversation????

    November 13, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Cynthia

    what in the hell is this? bishop who takes on kennedy who?

    November 13, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. B

    What ever happened to -Separation of church- and state?

    This country is made up of more than Christians with a boarder diversity and considerations !

    November 13, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Sam

    Sure is a lot of hypocrisy, when the "pro lifers" fight abortion, but then forget the individual once born, either as a baby, child or adult. But it seems all no-abortion or no-healthcare. How about the 44,000 who die each year from lack of health care? The whole issue should be about getting a health bill and forget abortion for the time being.

    November 13, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Joe M

    Who gives a rats rear end about another Kennedy?? The world has had their fill of them over the past 50 years..

    Lets see if CNN will post this???? Probably not...

    November 13, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Bill

    I happen to be pro-life, but the Catholic Church needs to stay out of politics. They have plenty of work to do making sure their priests keep their hands off of kids.

    November 13, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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