Congresscritter Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) has a minor problem.
His local Bishop, Thomas Tobin, has reportedly banned him from receiving Communion because of Rep. Kennedy's support for abortion rights.
Oooh, I am sooooo scared.
Leaving aside the stupidity of a medieval, celibate organization that spent decades concealing pedophile members of its hierarchy daring to dictate to anyone anything about a woman's right of reproductive choice (abortion, for those of you who haven't gotten the memo yet, is LEGAL in the United States of America, fancy that), does Bishop Tobin really want to cross swords with a Kennedy?
Yes, he's one of those Kennedys.
I think that this is a sterling example of why there has been an historically anti-Catholic bias in this nation ever since it was colonized.
And, since Bishop Tobin wants to poke his crozier into a political discussion, it's time to trim the fat off the Church.
Bishop Tobin, you want to play the game? Then you need to pay the entrance fee.
I would strongly support Rep. Kennedy submitting a bill before Congress to strip the Roman Catholic Church of its tax exempt status. It's only fair. Now, Rep. Kennedy isn't from my district (sadly, I am represented by the collared slave known as Adam Putnam), but he has the right to worship wherever he wants.
And if any religious fat cat sticks his nose into political business, well, it's time he went on a diet.