You may have read that Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has told Patrick Kennedy he will not be offered communion because of his views on abortion. Chris Matthews hae the Bishop on his show last night and there was a very interesting conversation.
What I thought was interesting was that Matthews asked the Bishop a question, basically if Tobin were in Congress, would he legislate against a woman's right to choose and outlaw abortion, period. That question the Bishop answered, yes. However, when Matthews asked what the punishment should be, the Bishop wouldn't answer that question. Since Catholics and the anti-abortion forces call abortion murder, it seems like the answer to that question is that they would be willing to put the woman that got the abortion on trial for murder, along with the doctor. But for some reason, the Bishop wouldn't go that far.
Matthews kept coming back to the question, but the Bishop would still not answer it. I've had this conversation with people that are pro-life. But they never think the answer all the way through. How many more prosecutors would we have to hire? How many courthouses would we have to build? How many more judges would have to sit on the bench?
Why do you think the Bishop wouldn't answer Chris Matthews' question on what the punishment should be for the woman that has the abortion and the doctor that performed it.