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placeholder  March 5, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA
Radio personality Coffin urges bishops to get tough

Popular Catholic radio host Patrick Coffin called for "some public excommunications" of prominent Catholics who routinely act against teachings of the Church.

Coffin spoke at the February breakfast of Catholics@Work in Danville.

Addressing a question about forcing Catholic institutions to fund birth control and abortifacients, Coffin agreed that some prominent Catholic political figures confuse the issue and mislead Catholics.

"The question goes to the responsibility of the local bishop," Coffin said, applauding the strong stand of bishops. "I believe that a first step toward an answer is some public excommunications of high profile Catholics so they know where the line is."

Coffin identified five high profile subjects which "are non-negotiable" under the Church's teachings: abortion, same sex marriage, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia. "This goes back to who we are" as Catholics. But Coffin added that these current battles over Church teaching are not insurmountable, in the context of "the Church's 2,000-year bumpy road.

"Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Church. This is easy compared to what our brothers and sisters in the past have gone through, and he will see us through."

Coffin encouraged Catholics to live their faith energetically. "We don't have to win the argument; we just have to win the person." That can be achieved by being open-minded, coupled with patience, happiness and cheerfulness.

"We are the obstacles to our own holiness," Coffin said, we can succeed because "God is crazy about us."

Coffin hosts the top Catholic radio show, Catholic Answers Live (heard in the Bay Area on AM 1260). Coffin, a native of Nova Scotia, is based in San Diego. He graduated with a master's degree in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He recently published his first book, "Sex Au Naturel: What It Is and Why It's Good For Your Marriage."

The Catholics@Work breakfast series features speakers who successfully address challenging issues by applying core values from the Gospel and Christ's example. It meets in Danville on second Tuesdays, with Mass at 6:30 a.m., followed by breakfast and the speaker.

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