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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Calls the Church "Fundamentally Corrupt"

12-17-09 Posted by admin in Blog, Featured Articles, Gallery, Recent Articles 8 Comments

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and eldest child of the late Robert Kennedy, called the Church “fundamentally corrupt” in an address to a group of left-wing and dissenting Catholics on Tuesday night.

Townsend was speaking at the home of Elizabeth Bagley, Democratic activist and former board chair of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

As reported on Gloria Felt’s blog,

She questioned whether ‘you can build on something that is fundamentally corrupt… that is collapsing.’ “If that current structure does collapse,” she said, “there will be other Catholic bishops, women and men, who will speak out and take their place.”

Asked afterward about the Conference of Catholic Bishops’ assumption that they hold the dominant power in the showdown over abortion and health care, she said, “But they don’t, and they’ll find that out.”

For Townsend the Church is collapsing, there will be women bishops, and the bishops who ‘don’t have the power they think they do, will find that out.’

I would say Townsend is getting in the bishops’ faces, as they say.

Tuesday night’s event, by the way, was a fundraiser for other Catholic dissenters.

The gathering was a fundraiser for Interfaith Voices, a nonprofit, multifaith religion news magazine on public radio, started by Maureen Fiedler soon after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Fiedler, a member of the Sister of Loretto order, is a longtime feminist activist within the Roman Catholic Church. Her radio show is now carried by more than 60 stations and recently won national awards for its work.

The more than 100 attendees at the event included many nuns and Catholic reformers, as well as leading women in other denominations. (Emphasis added)

Townsend, in my opinion, is deliberately positioning herself as the spokeswoman for left-wing, dissenting, pro-abortion Catholics.  Watch for her to keep up a drumbeat about these themes: the corruption in the Church, the coming demise of the bishops, and the rise to power of dissenting Catholics, i.e., Townsend and her friends.

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8 Responses to Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Calls the Church "Fundamentally Corrupt"

  1. Bruce says:

    Ms. Townsend and any pro-abortion politician or citizen is NOT a Catholic. Lets get that straight, and it deserves to be repeated: You can’t be Catholic and pro-abortion. By doing so, you excommunicate yourself. Oh, you can claim to be whatever you want, but in the eyes of God and the Church, you are no longer Catholic. The rhetoric Ms. Townsend spouts is empty and filled with lies and hatred. Her, and her friends, are nearing the end of the road of their ability to impact society and the Church. A new class of Orthodox priests and bishops are filling the ranks of the retiring old class that let the likes of Townsend and others dissent for so long. Those days, and their nuns, are over. Good bye, and good riddance EX-Catholics.

  2. Loveyouall says:

    Anyone can claim to be a Catholic, but a Protestant by any other name is still a Protestant, Ms. Townsend. One’s words and actions are the determining factors. The truth is simple. Catholicism is not about power; it is about love. And quite clearly, there is no love involved in killing innocent human beings.

  3. Mike Malone says:

    I believe this is just another example of the drift of the Kennedy family from the truth of the Catholic Church. Unfortunately I believe, by the silence of our bishops in the face of public dissent from Catholics like the Kennedys, they failed to charitably correct the Kennedys and thereby gave the false impression that their behavior and beliefs are acceptable. The inaction of our bishops is a huge scandal in itself and has mislead many Catholics accordingly.

    I pray that our bishops speak up and speak out in defense of the doctrine of the Church and I believe this will go a long ways to silencing these kind of poorly formed Catholic pretenders.

    We all should pray for the souls of the Kennedys.

    Mike Malone

  4. L S says:

    Perhaps Ms. Townsend needs a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting with her Bishop. Catholic bishops have been much to leniet when dealing with recalcitrant Catholic politicians. She must either rescind her position or be denied communion. Her Uncle Ted Kennedy should have been taken to task years ago for his pro choice political position but we know that some in the Church’s hierarchy liked hobknobbing with the Kennedys. We are demanding some strong leadership from our bishops-some are responding and others are not. For to many years, many of our Catholic leadership leaned towards the liberal left. We are now reaping the results. As Catholics, we need to put pressure on our elected officials but also on our cardinals, bishops and priests to speak out and state unequivocally that those who oppose the pro life movement are outside of church teachings and are committing a mortal sin by aiding those who choose to have abortions. This also includes regular lay people and we all need to hear this on Sunday mornings from our parish priests. There needs to be a line drawn in the sand. We are told not to judge others but can certainly judge their actions and behaviors. The arrogance of man continues to amaze me. As Mary has warned us, God is greatly offended by our actions or lack thereof.

  5. Bruce says:

    I highly encourage you to respond in the posts at the bottom of the blog linked above (in the word “address”). It is there where you can directly interact with a pro-abortion person who desperately needs our help and correction. It is where we are not simply preaching to the choir. Here is the address:

    Post responses, get involved, and spread the Good News!

  6. Kevin Wall says:

    Recently, I came across a book written by Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend
    (the title escapes me) about how to be a Catholic. Imagine, reading a book written by a Kennedy
    instructing others how to be a Catholic. Rose would be appalled!

    Kevin Wall
    Pawtucket, R.I.

  7. Mike McFarland says:

    Why is it that people so-called Catholics who do not agrre with the Church”s teachings do not go join a Church where they do agree with their teachings such as the Episcopal Church

  8. Steve G says:

    I pray that Ms. Townsend won’t present herself for communion anytime soon…

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