Bishop reacts to controversy over priest's abortion comments
The Rev. Richard Bucci, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in West Warwick, Rhode Island, distributed fliers in January that said that every lawmaker who voted last year to preserve the right to an abortion in state law would be denied communion, The Providence Journal reported. He also mailed them to lawmakers' homes.
Bucci, when questioned by WJAR-TV, said, "pedophilia doesn't kill anyone and this does."
A group of state lawmakers and clergy sex abuse victims called on Tobin to suspend Bucci, who said he isn't planning to resign.
Tobin's statement does not mention any disciplinary action. His office said there will be no further comment at this time.