Update: Abp. Dolan backs Bp. Tobin, demands Rep. Kennedy apology
A small proviso - President Obama has never said he wants to protect the helpless baby in the womb.
Over this past weekend, several people mentioned to me Representative Patrick Kennedy’s blast at bishops for allegedly dividing the nation on the issue of healthcare; you can view the video here. His remarks were sad, uncalled-for, and inaccurate.
The Catholic community in the United States hardly needs to be lectured to about just healthcare. We’ve been energetically into it for centuries. And we bishops have been advocating for universal healthcare for a long, long time.
All we ask is that it be just that -- universal -- meaning that it includes the helpless baby in the womb, the immigrant, and grandma in a hospice, and that it protects a healthcare provider’s right to follow his/her own conscience.
This is what the President says he wants; this is what we bishops say we want.
Bishop Thomas Tobin, Representative Kennedy’s bishop, has a good point: Mr. Kennedy owes us an apology.
I'll repeat my action items from yesterday's post on this same issue:
- Contact Rep. Kennedy (through his press secretary email@example.com) and demand he apologize to Catholics for his ignorant and hateful comments
- Contact Bishop Tobin (through his communications director - firstname.lastname@example.org) and thank him for standing up for Catholics, and for the truth.