Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Calls the Church "Fundamentally Corrupt"
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.