I am an American Catholic born in New York City and raised in a large Italian-Irish family (how more Catholic can you get?).
The Associated Press article reported the following here:
- You asked Rep. Kennedy not to receive Holy Communion because of his political views on abortion
- You did an interview with the AP in which the subject of Rep. Kennedy's past substance abuse was raised and in which you described him as acting "erratically." Then, you claimed you "don't go out picking these fights."
- You questioned Kennedy's faith
- You instructed diocesan priests not to give Kennedy Communion
How dare you?
How dare you question someone's faith?
How dare you engage in character assassination?
How dare you impose yourself between a congregant and his God? Your job as bishop is to help shepherd His flock, not to assume the role of the Lord Almighty and to presume to know a man's conscience.
Your arrogance and presumption offend me. I suggest you remember James 4:6: Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
And Luke 4:23: Physician, heal thyself.