The thing about Bishop Tobin’s great witness is that not only does it serve as a rebuke and challenge to Catholic politicians, it does the same to the Marshmellow bishops and priests who seek to honour these same politicians at Catholic funerals and permit them to holy Communion.
It’s a double whammy.
Patrick Kennedy and even the rest of the pseudo Catholic politicians are not the only (or even the most significant) objects of rebuke here. The real game in town is between the bishops themselves.
Bishop Tobin is upping the ante on how other bishops will react to politicians seeking Communion who have been previously refused Communion in another diocese.