11/4/09

Will Kennedy's Criticism of the Catholic Church Hurt Him Politically?

I'm curious about what folks think about the Patrick Kennedy-Bishop Tobin controversy over health care reform and abortion funding, and whether folks think Kennedy will be hurt politically by it. I think the dust-up is going to get papered over but maybe not. The Bishop seemed to throw down the gauntlet the other day by asserting that Catholic politicians have no business being in the Church if they won't obey Church dictates. To my knowledge, there hasn't been a single Catholic politician who has been willing to defy the Church.

Kennedy has a lot of pious Catholics as constituents, so I wonder if the political calculus on his part at this point is to make peace behind closed doors and move on.

What do you think?