On Rational Discourse
Rational discourse between responsible and informed person on the important issues of our day is a vital component of our freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Unwar ran - ted insults and unsubstantiated allegations are not.
So I was somewhat astounded to learn that my letter to The Wave (“Changes in Catholic Church” Dec - ember 4, 2009) is apparently the cause of all of the current ills being suffered by the Catholic Church. My only comment to Ms. Donna Marie Doh erty’s response (“Not aware of Bishop’s Duties”, January 1, 2010), is that I am appreciative that she took the time to spell my surname correctly.
The bottom line on this issue is that if Bishop Tobin had denied communion to a Patrick R. Kennedy, instead of to Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, the story may have been printed in a local Providence newspaper and that would have been the end of it. My position stands: The manner of the Bishop’s actions was lacking in Christian ethics and were a low blow.
RICHARD J. VENEZIANO