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January 26, 2022

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Letter to the editor:

Bishops have no right to influence lawmakers’ votes

I resent Catholic bishops, such as Thomas Tobin of Rhode Island, blackmailing Catholic politicians by threatening to withhold communion.

Catholic politicians weren’t elected to serve the church; they were elected to serve their constituents. The law on abortion is clear — women have the right to choose to have an abortion.

Catholic bishops obviously don’t agree, but the fact that Catholic politicians respect this law doesn’t mean they support abortion. Tobin carries on this way, protected by the Church’s tax-exempt status.

He should put up or shut up. If he wants a voice in the real world, he should pay the price of admission by paying taxes. Otherwise he should stick to advising his parishioners and stop trying to impose his beliefs on the rest of us.

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