Bishop asked Kennedy in 2007 to avoid Communion

FILE - Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I. speaks during a health care news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Sept. 22, 2009 file photo. Kennedy says Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has barred him from receiving communion because of his support of abortion rights. The Providence Journal reported on its Web site Sunday Nov. 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)

November 22, 2009 4:46:31 PM PST
A month of harsh words between Rep. Patrick Kennedy and a strident critic, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin, escalated Sunday when the bishop acknowledged asking Kennedy not to receive Holy Communion because of the Democratic lawmaker's support for abortion rights.

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