Clergy Abuse Victims Criticize RI Bishop Who Took on Kennedy for Abortion Stance

November 24, 2009 - 3:19 PM
Clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters have protested outside the offices of a Roman Catholic bishop in Rhode Island, saying he isn't doing enough to protect children even as he's taken on Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy for his stance on abortion rights.
Providence, R.I. (AP) - Clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters have protested outside the offices of a Roman Catholic bishop in Rhode Island, saying he isn't doing enough to protect children even as he's taken on Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy for his stance on abortion rights.
 
They gathered outside Bishop Thomas Tobin's Providence office Tuesday, two days after news broke that Tobin has asked Kennedy not to take Holy Communion.
 
They called on Tobin to do more to use his "moral leadership" to protect children from pedophile priests. They want him to make public the names of priests credibly accused of molesting children by posting their names online.
 
A spokesman for the diocese says it is open to such a move.