The Catholic bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, has publicly lambasted Republican Rudy Giuliani’s support of abortion rights, adding his voice to a conservative chorus of critics rebuking the front-running GOP presidential candidate.
“Rudy’s public proclamations on abortion are pathetic and confusing. Even worse, they’re hypocritical,” Bishop Thomas J. Tobin wrote in a May 31 editorial in his diocese’s newspaper, Rhode Island Catholic.
Tobin’s criticism comes as the Catholic Church—from Pope Benedict XVI on down—engages in a debate over how the church’s hierarchy should treat Catholic politicians who support abortion rights.
Tobin said he was particularly “distressed” when he received an invitation to attend a fund-raiser for Giuliani. “I try to avoid partisan politics,” Tobin wrote. “Heck, I’m not even a Republican. But most of all, I would never support a candidate who supports legalized abortion.”