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MSNBC’s O’Donnell Calls Catholic Bishop a “Political Hack”

November 24, 2009

Leave it to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. Earlier this year he was fanning his tail feathers, for all to see and admire, while he berated on live TV a young mother  who dared to confront Sen. Arlen Specter (D R D-Penn) at a health care town hall over the summer. This time, Crazy Larry – an elitist bully and superlative blowhard – has jumped headfirst into a battle against a Catholic Bishop – the resulting head trauma again evident in his analysis. 

Kennedy’s Communion Brouhaha

In 2007, young Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) received a letter from Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island in which the bishop requested that Kennedy not take communion because of Kennedy’s well-known, steadfast position on abortion.

It was a request from a religious leader to a congregant based on a critical issue of the Catholic faith. Most devoted Catholics probably wouldn’t want the reception of such a request made public, but Kennedy has practically made it a campaign issue for his re-election – debasing the Catholic Church to appeal to his liberal base.

There have been literally thousands of news stories covering this ongoing feud – a Democrat in Washington taking repeated shots at a Catholic bishop because he feels jilted, and because he sees votes. Of all the unsavory acts committed under the Kennedy name, Patrick may just bring their self-serving behavior to a new low.

But Crazy Larry stayed true to form on Monday’s Morning Joe, took the side of the young hothead Kennedy and launched his own attack on the same bishop.

“This is a political act by a political bishop… Political bishops do the church absolutely no good. This guy’s—this bishop is a political hack.”

— Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC

If the Bishop’s a Hack, What is Kennedy?

Patrick Kennedy certainly doesn’t lack any of that inbred Kennedy sense of entitlement. But he is proving to be the most unmotivated and unaccomplished of the Kennedy politicos thus far – treating Congress as an extension of his college fraternity house.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of his transgressions. Who has that kind of time?

  • Involved in the cover-up of an alleged rape in 1991
  • Assaulted a female security guard at LAX in 2000
  • Confronted by the U.S. Coast Guard on his yacht in 2000 in response to complaints about a heated argument between him and his girlfriend
  • In 2003, overheard saying, “I’ve never worked a f*&ing day in my life” (**SHOCK**)
  • Held on to $6,600 in donations from Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, who was later convicted of violating federal campaign finance laws and defrauding investors
  • Last, but not least – in May 2006, high on prescriptions drugs, he crashed his Mustang convertible into a barricade on Capitol Hill at 2:45 a.m., frantic that he was late for a vote (a vote which had taken place several hours before)

Not a First for the Catholic Church

According to the Washington Post/Newsweek blog “Under God”:

“In 2003, Democratic Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, a Catholic, was told not to take Communion by Bishop Raymond Burke. After he became archbishop of St. Louis, Burke said famously that if then-presidential candidate John Kerry came to his Mass he would tell him not to take Communion.

“Others who have been excluded? Former California Gov. Gray Davis, former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, and Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.”

The American public at large knew little to nothing about these previous exclusions of prominent politicians from the Catholic ritual – until Kennedy started whining. If he hadn’t gone public with his non-issue against the Catholic Church, chances are good we wouldn’t be talking about this now.

It’s astounding that the state of Rhode Island elected this man – and proceeded to re-elect him SEVEN times. And it’s equally astounding that Lawrence O’Donnell gets paid to share his opinion on a national stage. The degree of ignorance conveyed in O’Donnell’s summation of the ordeal showcases an increasingly prevalent bipolar disconnect between reality and liberal folly.


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  1. Sam Deakins permalink
    November 24, 2009 4:25 am

    Is Larry O’Doodle of MSNBC any kin to Nora O’Doodle of PMSNBC?

    • Mark permalink
      November 24, 2009 7:59 am

      According to Wickapedia, Kelly, Nora, and Lawrence O’Donall are not related by blood, but certainly are cut from the same Irish-American catholic cloth

  2. November 24, 2009 5:33 am

    What we have here is a skirmish between the CINOs (Catholics in name only) and a Bishop who, probably to the fury of many of his fellow bishops (who are indeed CINOs themselves), is attempting to reiterate traditional doctrines and request adherence to the basic practices of the Catholic Faith. The fear is that Bishop Tom Tobin’s stance will be undermined by the apathy, if not the general condemnation, of his fellow bishops, few of whom could be bothered to protest at Obamao’s abortion agenda and his being feted at Notre Dame University. It will be informative to discover how the fellow-traveling sycophants in charge of most of the Catholic Church in America will react to Bishop Tom’s outburst.

  3. Janet permalink
    November 24, 2009 6:02 am

    How true, Mikidiki, and wouldn’t you think that the Bishops-in-charge of the respective dioceses in Massachusetts and D.C. where Patrick spends much time would have by now publicly reaffirmed Bishop Tobin’s stand, and, incidentally, the position with which our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, is in complete agreement. What is bothersome to me is the silence from Delaware’s diocese as well as San Francisco’s. I’m hoping that they are included in those which we, the public, were unaware of. If enough of the hierarchy were to speak out in matters that are completely contrary to the universal teachings of the Church, maybe those audacious people like Lawrence O’Donnell, whose name smacks of Irish Catholic origin to me, would be somewhat less hasty to make an idiot of himself. If he is indeed a member of the Church, his Bishop should certainly be sending him a letter.

  4. betty boop permalink
    November 24, 2009 6:21 am

    What would the MSM be saying if this was a conflict between a smarmy politician and his Imam? Anything?

  5. Mik permalink
    November 24, 2009 6:33 am

    “This is a political act by a political bishop… Political bishops do the church absolutely no good” Was this O’Donnell’s position when Catholic bishops were supporting the Sandanistas? Or the Shining Path? No Archbishop Romero was a martyr. And the Berrigans?

    Maybe O’Donnell is paraphrasing Groucho, I would not be a member of a club that would have me as a member.

  6. David Forsmark permalink
    November 24, 2009 7:02 am

    I’ll be posting later on how Chris Matthews berated the Bishop for a full segment, demanding answers to questions, then answering them himself, and telling the Bishop he had “transgressed.”

    • betty boop permalink
      November 24, 2009 7:09 am

      Ah yes, I seem to recall when Chris Matthews invented the Catholicism, at about the same time AlGore invented the internet and global warming. Good to have all these experts running around to correct the uninitiated.

  7. Carterthewriter permalink
    November 24, 2009 7:18 am

    As the debate heats up, these leftist clowns overreach civility. It exposes them for who they really are; imbeciles. (Idiot is Glenn’s patented term.)

  8. Paul Cooper permalink
    November 24, 2009 8:21 am

    Great article. I was hoping someone would write about this issue. I’m looking forward to David Forsmark’s post later too!

  9. yellowfish permalink
    November 24, 2009 9:04 am

    Church and State are supposed to be separate.
    should Catholic Bishop worry about how to protect child molesters in his church like they did in the past instead of messing around with the law maker?

    • Fritz Becker permalink
      November 24, 2009 9:03 pm

      The Roman Catholic Church is an organization, and organizations have rules if you want to be a member, if you don’t want to follow the rules join another organization, it’s that simple. Church and state has nothing to do with this, any individual can be denied communion and most are not public figures. But I guess if you are a drunk driving lecherous politician, and your name is Kennedy, then you are above rebuke by the masses and the rules of man and God should not apply.

  10. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    November 24, 2009 9:20 am

    Yeah, the Kennedys except Eunice are always getting into trouble someway and then they blame others for their depraved actions. Actually the Bishop is standing for his faith-it is sad that it has become political. Political correctness=Biblically incorrect.

    He needs to go to a lefty church where the hyprocrites are flooding over in numbers.

  11. Mary permalink
    November 24, 2009 10:12 am

    Chris Matthews acted like a maniac when “interviewing” Bishop Tobin. He ranted and continually interrupted him,in the most extreme show of rudeness I’ve seen yet. In contrast, Bishop Tobin was gracious and patiently waited for the chance to respond with at least a few words. He said that Catholic teaching is that laws should protect people, and that includes everyone, the born and the unborn. Laurence O’Donnell is a disgrace, too. MSNBC is a disgrace.

    • November 24, 2009 6:01 pm

      Mary, watched Chris Mathews and he was true to form… he tried to badger his guest and put forward his view of life… so what else is new… What is new is that Bishop Tobin did say he thought it correct that he should try to influence secular legislation… as a Church representative… he said that he was within his rights to push his faith on others… This is the real issue here… bushop Tobin is free and proper to push Rome’s views on anyone who says they are a Catholic but both US law and simple ethics says that he should not be allowed to push his views on others…

  12. Janet permalink
    November 24, 2009 10:44 am

    To Yellowfish,
    It is because we have had so much liberalism, i.e. political correctness, within the Catholic Church that we had the scandalous period of pedophilia. Perhaps now we can mend our ways and clean house of those who were ordained priests, but did not have vocations.
    Those who remain, hopefully, will stand up for the universal truths of the Catholic Church, like Bishop Tobin of Rhode Island.

  13. Highball permalink
    November 24, 2009 11:57 am

    Lawrence O’Donnell is the political hack. A self-admitted “euro-socialist”and pundit of “creepy liar” infamy, O’Donnell is symbolic of the moral wasteland and black hole sucking the humanity out of the Democratic Party. The creepy hypocrites of the (Social) Democratic Party cannot afford to let a Kennedy be ridiculed or admonished for any reason. The family has degenerated from father Joe, although a criminal himself, to a man of dissolute character like Patrick. I grew up respecting the family, but now realize their hubris and growing socialist dogma have condemned them to the ridicule of American history.

  14. November 24, 2009 12:58 pm

    No doubt Patrick Kennedy has had one helluva shock to be slapped down by a mere bishop when his family are used to gaining private interviews with whomever happens to be Pope at any particular time. Bishop Tom Tobin will get no thanks for his openness, only trials and tribulations. We trust that he will be able to withstand his enemies within, and outside, the Church.

  15. peachey permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:25 pm

    Another example of demo-trash speech. I am never surprised at the garbage and lies that spew from the mouths of these clowns. Have they actually not seen what is going on around them? Have they lost all sense of integrity, truthfulness, and ability to determine right from wrong? I find it humorous that these clowns can find it in themselves to leave their homes every day and then go to work and take their talking points from Raum Emmanuel and Valerie Jarret. A real sad day when adults surrender their souls for the few atta-boys that they receive from the White House. But like all useful tools, there will come a day when these tools are retired and discarded to the back of the shed, used, rusty, bent and useless to those that always buy up to the newer and sharper tools.

  16. Elaine B permalink
    November 24, 2009 5:47 pm

    The solution is simple but it will never happen. Benedict, as the Vicar of Christ, has the authority, responsibility, and duty to publicly excommunicate all of the “Catholics” in the U.S. government who support abortion, homosexuality, contraception, and embryonic stem cell research. In other words, the majority.

    But he won’t because he is as phony as they are.

    • November 24, 2009 6:57 pm

      Well he certainly campaigns for causes close to the hearts of those aspiring towards a new world order. His practically unquestioned advocacy for the United Nations is astonishing when one considers the support that corrupt institution gives to governments following unethical and unchristian policies. His speeches in America, pandering to the views of the illegal aliens and urging amnesty and unification of families [i.e. bringing the wives and children of illegals into the US as a right] showed his contempt for the law. These things are gross interference in the affairs of an independent republic. At least Bishop Tom Tobin is a US citizen who has every right to hold political opinions. Perhaps Benedict is a polically correct phony .. only he knows for sure.

  17. Janet permalink
    November 25, 2009 5:44 am

    Too bad Bishop Tobin didn’t ask Chris Matthews to refrain from coming to the altar rail if he ever happened to spend time in Rhode Isand.

  18. FelixPrismus permalink
    December 1, 2009 7:56 am

    Bag of dirt > The Kennedys

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