Bishop turns tables on presidential candidate Giulani

US Bishop Thomas Tobin has rejected a dinner invitation from Catholic presidential hopeful Rudy Giulani, saying the Republican contender's abortion stance was "hypocritical" and that Giulani could have his photo after making a donation to pro-life activities.

Catholic News reports that Bishop Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island received an invitation in the mail recently from Giuliani inviting the bishop come to a fundraising dinner for his presidential campaign.

But instead of just politely declining, the prelate wrote him a scathing letter to turn down his offer.

According to the diocesan newspaper, the Rhode Island Catholic, Bishop Tobin was already greatly "distressed" before he received the invitation to the fundraiser and was planning on writing about the matter already.

The bishop also explained, "But then I received an invitation to attend a fundraising luncheon for presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, and that absolutely confirmed my decision."

Tobin went on to explain why he felt the need to write a response.

"I have no idea why I received an invitation to Giuliani's fundraiser. I don't know the [former] mayor; I've never met him. I try to avoid partisan politics. But most of all, I would never support a candidate who supports legalised abortion."

The bishop said of the politician's standpoint on abortion, "Rudy's public proclamations on abortion are pathetic and confusing. Even worse, they're hypocritical."

Giuliani previously provided explanations of his position on abortion stating that he had two pillars of belief.

"One is, I believe abortion is wrong. I think it is morally wrong ... The second pillar that guides my thinking ... where [people of good faith] come to different conclusions about this, about something so very, very personal, I believe you have to respect their viewpoint."

Reacting to this statement Tobin wrote, "Rudy's explanation is a classic expression of the position on abortion we've heard from weak-kneed politicians so frequently in recent years: 'I'm personally opposed to but don't want to impose my views on other people.'

"The incongruity of that position has been exposed many times now. As I've asked previously, would we let any politician get away with the same pathetic cop-out on other issues: 'I'm personally opposed to ... racial discrimination, sexual abuse, prostitution, drug abuse, polygamy, incest ... but don't want to impose my beliefs on others?'"

In the invitation for the event, mention was made of having a photo taken with Giuliani for A$2000.

Referring to this offer, Bishop Tobin told the organisers, "I won't be attending the fundraiser for Rudy Giuliani. If Rudy wants to see me, he'll have to arrange an appointment at my office. We'll talk about his position on abortion. And if he wants a photo [of me], it will cost him $2,000 as a donation for the pro-life work of the Church."

Bishop of Rhode Island condemns Giuliani's abortion stance (Catholic News, 5/6/07)

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6 Jun 2007