Cardinal O’Malley Should Resign USCCB Pro-life Post for Honoring John Kerry at BC Graduation

The decision by Cardinal O’Malley to attend the Monday Boston College Commencement that honored Sec. of State John Kerry defies any logical explanation.  His decision to participate in honoring one of the leading pro-abortion political figures of our time is a baffling contradiction of his decision last year to boycott the commencement that honored Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who supported abortion rights legislation in Ireland.   The decision is so scandalous in its contradiction of the USCCB’s own guidelines and basic moral principles that it appears Cardinal O’Malley has no choice but to resign as Chair of the USCCB’s Pro-life Committee. Here is a photo of Cardinal O’Malley shaking hands with John Kerry.

We all know that USCCB guidelines for Catholics in Political Life say:

The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.

That was exactly the reason Cardinal O’Malley gave when he boycotted last year:

Since the university has not withdrawn the invitation and because the Taoiseach (prime minister) has not seen fit to decline, I shall not attend the graduation,’’ O’Malley said in a statement released this afternoon. “It is my ardent hope that Boston College will work to redress the confusion, disappointment and harm caused by not adhering to the Bishops’ directives,” he added, referencing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops instruction that Catholic institutions not honor those whose views are inconsistent with the Church’s teachings.

Continued Cardinal O’Malley’s statement:

The Irish Bishops have responded to that development by affirming the Church’s teaching that  “the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong” and expressed serious concern that the proposed legislation “represents a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law.”

How can Cardinal O’Malley justify boycotting last year for Enda Kenney, but not boycotting this year for John Kerry, who has done far more damage over his political career by acting in defiance of Catholic moral principles? In case Cardinal O’Malley needs a reminder of Kerry’s background, here is one from the Catholic Action League of MA:

Secretary Kerry is a supporter of legal abortion, the public funding of abortion, partial birth abortion, abortions at military hospitals and buffer zones limiting free speech around abortion clinics. He has also endorsed contraception, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, physician assisted suicide, same gender marriage, federal gay rights legislation, the distribution of condoms to minors, family planning programs as part of U.S. foreign aid, and taxpayer financing of both Planned Parenthood and the U. N. Fund for Population Activities.

As a U.S. Senator, Kerry received a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. As a presidential candidate in 2004, Kerry was endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and promised, if elected, to appoint only those jurists who agree with Roe v. Wade to the U.S. Supreme Court, effectively disenfranchising believing Catholics from high judicial office.

More disturbing however, was Kerry’s August, 2003 attack on Pope, now Saint John Paul II in the pages of the Boston Herald. Kerry accused the recently canonized pontiff of “crossing the line,” of violating the American separation of church and state because of a Vatican exhortation to Catholic political leaders to oppose same gender marriage.

“Nothing in Kenny’s position on abortion begins to remotely compare however with John Kerry’s 30 year, wide ranging, career long, lockstep support for Planned Parenthood and NARAL.”

There are only a few possible explanations for Cardinal O’Malley attending the commencement this year:

  • He is intentionally trying to corrupt the Catholic Church from within.
  • His advisors are corrupted and pressuring him to do things he knows he should not do (and in fact has not done in the past)
  • He is allowing money or some other forces to influence his decisions

Any of these three choices are BAD.  Cardinal O’Malley has no moral authority to lead the Pro-Life Committee of the USCCB when he refuses to uphold their most basic guidelines himself.  Furthermore, the time has now come for him to declare that Boston College may no longer call themselves Catholic.

Readers should send an email to the U.S Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò <nuntiususa@nuntiususa.org> and respectfully ask him to intervene in this situation to request that Cardinal O’Malley both apologize to faithful Catholics in Boston for his mistake and to also resign as Chair of the USCCB Pro-Life Committee. You can also call the Nuncio on Tuesday at (202)333-7121.

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72 Responses to Cardinal O’Malley Should Resign USCCB Pro-life Post for Honoring John Kerry at BC Graduation

  1. A “Profile in Cowardice” by the Cardinal. He should resign as Cardinal-Archbishop Of Boston and join Cardinal Law as co-ArchPriest of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.

  2. D Paul says:

    Thank you to Boston Catholic Insider for “being there”. Ou rah!

  3. Bob says:

    I had a feeling he’d do this, as he is now part of the pope’s “special staff” he must feel that rules don’t apply.
    As for BC, it’s just another Jesuit school that seems to have a problem with the Magisterium of the Church.
    In both cases, the Vatican will do nothing and the cardinal and the school know it.

  4. Time for a Change says:

    Why just as chairman of a committee. He should resign as Cardinal Archbishop of Boston and be excommunicated!

  5. Chris says:

    You forgot to include the recent Pilot column in which Cardinal Sean writes about his participation in a memorial to Mumbles Menino. Mumbles was a great supporter of gay rights and abortion, too:

    “On Monday (5/12), I went to Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter’s in Dorchester for the dedication of a bench in honor of former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. The dedication was a way of thanking Mayor Menino for all the support he gave to the Youth Center and the community during his long tenure as Mayor of Boston. We heard remarks by Father Jack Ahern, Catholic Charities President Debbie Rambo and Teen Center director Paulo De Barros…”

    Is it money? Is it pride? Political advantage? Do you think Cardinal Sean ever invited Menino in for a chat about Catholic doctrine and teachings and asked him to repent of his support for the morally repugnant policies of the Democratic party?

    • O’Malley fears the World. He bows before worldly authority.

    • 5580 says:

      All Menino’s clerical friends in Boston, especially in Dorchester and Hyde Park won’t challenge him either. Sad.

      • Michael says:

        I challenged Menino once … face to face … and he had his armed State Police escort step between us. His responses to my direct comments were let’s say … less than charitable. If he has a conscience, he didn’t sleep that night. But I think he slept real well that night.

        I think O’Malley sleeps well at night also … even after each of the several times I confronted him (only for a few seconds :-) face to face, as well. His personal secretary (spiritual armed security guard) told me I had ambushed His Emminence and threatened that he alone could prevent me from meeting with the Cardinal. No need to ambush him, if he would’ve just agreed (as he had) to meet with me in person. My understanding is that that secretary left the priesthood to pursue extracurricular activities … if you know what I mean.

        O’Malley lacks character. Lacks commitment. Lacks leadership capacity. I agree that it’s not just the position on a committee, but his current appointment as Cardinal Archbishop of Boston from which he should resign.

  6. This is the same Cardinal who has allowed the ‘Neo Cats’ to invade many Boston parishes!

    • Ferde Rombola says:

      ‘Invade’ is the perfect word. There are many faithful Catholic priests in this archdiocese who were, until those neo-cats began their work, pastors of flourishing parishes now being converted to Catholic lite or worse, who have intentionally been marginalized and are now floundering on the edges of the Church looking for something useful to do. If God stays our of this mess, the Archdiocese of Boston is doomed.

  7. Ferde Rombola says:

    It should be clear to all by now Cardinal O’Malley and those he follows are not believers. If they were they’d know God sees everything they do and they would fear for their eternal lives. If they do believe in God, I’m sure they think God is buying into the excuses they make for themselves. Either way, they are infidels.

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  9. Cardinal O’Malley should resign. He is out of touch with what is going on in the diocese. I can not forgive him for his negligence in the abuse scandal and the combining of churches. Stoughton should not have to start in July 2012. Immaculate conception works, and he wants to break it.

    He is a terrible administrator.

    His main concern is playing politics!!

    • Knows the situation says:

      I was assigned as a member of the clergy to Stoughton for a number of years. It is a mess. Thank God there is a new pastor being assigned to straighten it out. The new pastor is a good man. It is a shame that your prejudice is already against him and you do not even know him. If Catholics were evangelizing and filling up the pews this would not be the case. It is time to wake up and preach the Gospel. The Stoughton situation has nothing to do with the Cardinal. Thank God something is being done.

      • 5580 says:

        In my opinion these would be the reasons why O’Malley did what he did:

        His advisors are corrupted and pressuring him to do things he knows he should not do (and in fact has not done in the past)
        He is allowing money or some other forces to influence his decisions

        Add clericalism and politics, which rules the presbyterate in the Archdiocese of Boston, this is the result. It’s getting worse, also, as we see.

  10. Seppe says:

    By the way, why doesn’t Cardinal O’Malley enforce Canon 669 in the Archdiocese of Boston?

    Can. 669 §1. Religious are to wear the habit of the institute, made according to the norm of proper law, as a sign of their consecration and as a witness of poverty.

    Whenever he is pictured with consecrated religious (usually, with the sisters) only a very few seem to be wearing habits…

  11. Thank you good people for defending Christ and life. I pray the Cardinal will one day really defend life.

  12. bostoncommon says:

    Why did he refuse to attend last year and go this year? He was touched by the grace of God and repents his judgmental behavior.

    • bostoncommon,
      You’re conveniently missing the point here. Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles, or give them awards, honors or platforms that would suggest support for their actions. Period. Do you disagree with that and believe Catholic institutions should in fact honor those who act in defiance of our moral principles? If so, you probably will find this is not the right blog to be following and commenting on.

    • Mary Reilly says:

      BCI, Thanks for this timely post! I have written to the Papal Nuncio and plan to call on Tuesday.

      bostoncommon,
      There was nothing about the Cardinal’s upholding the USCCB guidelines in 2013 that was judgmental. As for this year, if Cardinal Sean’s blog of May 23 is any indication, it looks you’re even more mistaken. He wrote about attending the Notre Dame graduation activities on Sat May 17 and Sun. May 18, Then he says nothing about the BC commencement and skips to talk about attending an event on Monday night at St. Mary’s Parish in Waltham. If he felt honoring John Kerry was something to be proud of, I’m sure he would have written about it–Lord knows he writes about almost every other political figure he schmoozes with.

      • Stephen says:

        Dear Lord,
        Can somebody please put a nail in the coffin of the false sin of judgmental-ism?
        1) it is impossible to practice or build the cardinal virtue of Justice without the proper use of judgement.
        2) God alone judges souls, we may truly believe sincerely that a certain person is headed for hell, in charity we can not hope for it, in prudence we should know it God’s call anyway.

        Re; Sean and BC.
        It is a really nice event, he gets to dress up in his full regalia and hang out with the pretty people. Security is tight, the seats are comfortable and the lighting is great for photos.
        Your (BCI) logical bullets of the why, are possible, but I really wonder if it is that complicated.

  13. Sue A. says:

    The eschatological character of our faith implies that we should leave matters open and abstain from judgment. You cannot be the judge of yourself or your sister or brother. We cannot, as long as we live on this earth, fully assess either the entire truth of our various actions and words and their consequences, of the import of our various complicated life situations, because they have always contained something that we do not know and cannot understand. We needn’t even waster time and energy judging and passing judgment on the world around us: after all “the ruler of this world has been condemned.” The hope that not we, but Truth itself will have the last word has always struck me as very liberating.

    • Sue A,
      In many of your comments here, you seem to be trying to divert attention from the fundamental issue of the posts, and you also often write something with great conviction that is not entirely correct. For example, BCI recalls that you had a misunderstanding of the role of bishop some months ago. In this comment, you said: “The primary function of a bishop is teacher. Proclaiming and teaching are not the same thing.” In fact the function of bishop is threefold–to teach, sanctify and govern. In the comments on that post, “DBP” said to you, “The point that BCI is attempting to make is that Cardinal O’Malley has failed to teach, has failed to sanctify and has failed to govern for over ten years.”

      We are making a similar point once again. Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles, or give them awards, honors or platforms that would suggest support for their actions. Boston College gave John Kerry an award and honor (the honorary Doctor of Laws degree) along with a speaking platform at commencement that would suggest support for his actions in public life. What exactly about the honoring of John Kerry by a Catholic institution (and by Cardinal O’Malley) do you think is right?

      • Sue A. says:

        To quote the Holy Father, “Who am I to judge?” It is just that simple. I believe that Boston College provides an excellent, values-based education to our young people. I believe that the Cardinal has done a good job leading the Church through a very troubled time. I am not claiming that either of these is perfect, but I do not condemn them either.

      • Michael says:

        Who am I to judge? Wow … now I get it. That is exactly what Jesus would have done. Wow … that is brilliant. Who am I to judge? Seriously? You really believe the readers of this blog are that stupid? BCI readers are among the most well read, intelligent and orthodox followers of any blog. They are not fooled by your weak attempt at propaganda.

    • Boston priest says:

      With all due respect to the papacy, that was an off the cuff personal comment by Pope Francis, not an infallible statement of doctrine. It has been used by all sorts of people who do not accept the teachings of the Catholic Church to advance agendas that are immoral and contrary to what we believe as Catholics (ie lawmakers in Illinois who supported “gay marriage.”) Sue, by your use of that particular quote and apparent defense of the honoring of John Kerry at BC, you give the impression that you too do not support some of the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.

      • Sue A. says:

        OK, then John 8:7 works instead of his off-the-cuff personal comment.

      • Boston priest says:

        Sue,
        Thanks you for citing one of my favorite scriptural passages. John 8:3 which precedes the passage you cited refers to, “a woman who had been caught in adultery” and the passage concludes in John 8:11 with Jesus saying, “Go and sin no more.”
        Jesus said he would not condemn her, but called out the sin and urged her to sin no more. He was never bashful about declaring sin for what it is, and trying to get sinners to turn from their sinful ways. We see that in Matthew 21:12 in the story about the moneychangers in the temple:

        “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,”

        Sue, I will repeat my previous statement, now with greater emphasis. By your use of that particular quote and apparent defense of the honoring of John Kerry at BC, you give the impression that you too do not support some of the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. I am not judging or condemning you, just seeking, for your own benefit, to get you to acknowledge that which is increasingly implicit and obvious in your comments.

    • Yes, it liberates evil.

    • S W says:

      “You cannot be the judge of yourself or your sister or brother.”

      I’ll remember this line the next time my wife asks me;
      “Does this dress make me look fat?”

      “The eschatological character of our faith implies that we should leave matters open and abstain from judgment.”

      No human gives out tickets to hell. Our filial relationship to God suggest we should in charity, instruct those on the road to perdition, that their eternal soul is on the line. I know Fr. Barron and the Jesuits would love to own the gates to heaven, and bend the rules a bit, but they don’t nor can they.

    • Sonny's Mom says:

      But we ARE capable of knowing right from wrong and exercising good judgment. Too many Catholics are misled into silence by the accusation of “judgmentalism” when in fact, we are called to use good judgment to discern the truth from lies, timeless truths from what is popular, the difficult truths from “feel-good” religion that follows “he who is in the world”.

  14. Chris says:

    Sue A.,

    Ever serve on a jury? Ever supervise another employee? We judge all the time in life. We judge on the basis of observable behavior and statements. When the behavior and statements are public and concern matters of faith, we have a basis in judgement. We may not know the motive behind someone’s actions, but we can certainly see the effects. For example, I don’t need to know the motives of a priest who abuses a teenage boy. I can condemn the action. If I have personal knowledge of this, I can–must–call the authorities. I don’t need to know the motives of a priest who blesses a same-sex marriage. It’s enough to know that he is creating a public scandal and harming the souls of those who he purports to help.

    • Parish Council Member says:

      Chris,
      Right on!! Sue A it sounds like you don’t believe there’s even a concept of moral right and wrong. I feel bad for you. Do you have children? Ever tell them something they did is wrong? Or do you just let them do whatever they want? How about in school? Kids get detention for doing something objectively wrong? Can’t we judge murder as wrong?

      The Archdiocese of Boston has a published Code of Conduct to articulate the sort of behavior that is considered objectively wrong. It’s here:

      http://www.bostoncatholic.org/uploadedFiles/BostonCatholicorg/_Utility/Employment/archdiocesecodeofconduct2012.pdf

      Note where it says: “The public and private conduct of Church Personnel can be a source of inspiration and
      motivation, but it can also scandalize and undermine the faith of the people that are served.”

      As Chris said, if someone creates a public scandal and harms the souls of those who he purports to help, that’s morally wrong. I pray you will see the light.

      • Michael says:

        But how can one assess whether or not some event scandalizes the Church without judging? I am confused. Sue A. please tell me that the Archdioscese is not actually judging its own employee’s behaviors? Please tell me that Jesus’ teachings are simply all about being the nicest person in the room. Please don’t tell me that judging behavior as moral/immoral is okay. Can’t we all just get along?

        Disclaimer: Sue A., just in case it is not clear. I am using sarcasm to prove my point. I am being judgmental of your ridiculous comments above. All of them. They are ridiculous.

  15. aged parent says:

    Most if not all US clerics are Americanists first and Catholics second. That is why O’Malley can stand there and shake hands with Frankenstein look-a-like Kerry. He is a US government bigwig, and since the USA is the most wonderfulest, most stupendous and most supercalifragilsticexpialidocious nation that there ever was and ever will be clerics like O’Malley will always be there to lick the boots of these cretins.

    Americanism was condemned by Pope Leo XIII. Now you know why.

  16. JUSTYN TYME says:

    As I continue to believe, the greatest need in the Roman Catholic Church today is the CONVERSION OF THE CLERGY: Bishops and Priests, to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their personal lives and sacramental/pastoral ministry. They are the ones who need to be evangelized/catechized the most. Read: The 5 Wounds of the Church by Bl. Antonio Rosmini. One of those Wounds was the CLERGY. Pray for the Conversion of Our Shepherds!!!!!!

  17. MIKE says:

    It would be helpful if all Bishops would review accurate Church teaching regarding the mortal sin of SCANDAL.
    CCC: 2284, 2285, 2286, 2287, & 2326.
    (There are some Cardinals/Bishops who are guilty of scandal by their own actions.)

    And then teach/correct according to Canon 915 – for those who call themselves “Catholic” and remain obstinate in mortal sin.

    This would go a long way toward stemming confusion,heresy, schism, relativism, and disunity within the Church.

  18. MIKE says:

    Someone needs to send Cardinal – as a reminder –

    Ex Corde Ecclesiae – APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION
    of the SUPREME PONTIFF JOHN PAUL II on CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES

    http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_constitutions/documents/hf_jp-ii_apc_15081990_ex-corde-ecclesiae_en.html

    and
    Code of Canon Law: Book III, Title III, Chapter II.
    807- 814.

    http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P2O.HTM

    Those Catholic politicians who support abortion or same-sex marriage are heretics and schismatics by Church definition.
    CCC 2089.
    Heretics or schismatics should not be honored at any school that calls itself “Catholic”.

    • "Just Wondering" says:

      Mike thanks for your comments. Boston College IS NOT A CATHOLIC COLLEGE. IT’S A COLLEGE WE SHOULD ALL STAY AWAY FROM IF WE WANT CATHOLIC AND MORAL TEACHINGS.
      “JUST WONDERING”

  19. Obsessed says:

    Well, now the Pope is working w/Obama to bring about a Palestinian Peace treaty (who can obsess about abortion when PEACE in the middle east is at hand?):

    http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/2014/03/27/photo-naperville-central-grad-at-the-vatican-with-obama-pope-francis/

    Kerry got the ball rolling at the Vatican in Jan:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-meet-pope-francis-kerry-suggests-article-1.1579109

    For Obama’s big break-through – these folks take a very dim view of Kerry – scroll through to see the pics:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3124288/posts

  20. Ray Neary says:

    Ray Neary: Thank you, Boston priest, for practicing “Seldom affirm, never deny, but always distinguish”. We should certainly be far beyond accepting air-quoted pieces of contextual statements, especially those delivered off the cuff. This is a clear-cut example, and inexcusable, of a high Church official feeding the cynicism of those who treat the Catholic Church’s teaching on the sanctity of all human life with utter disdain. You are living out yesterday’s gospel message. May you receive continued blessings by the Good Lord for doing that!

    • Rob Quinn says:

      “Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine.”

      2 Timothy 4:2 (Douay-Rheims)

      • DBP says:

        Not only does he have 2Tim wrong, Cardinal Sean has his founder’s instructions wrong: “Preach the Gospel to all the world, and if necessary, use words.” St. Francis clearly believed that actions speak louder than words; His Nibs in Boston can wax eloquent in his homilies, but look at what he DOES to discover what he really believes and how he really preaches.

  21. Jack O'Malley says:

    Caption:

    Rendering to Caesar what is of Caesar and spurning what is of God.

    Comment:

    Good job with your pinch of incense for Jupiter, Mithras, or Moloch, Pat, (aka Seán). No upside-down crucifixion for you.

    You mock the red you wear. Better back into the brown. Courage is red; fear is brown. You and your craven novus ordo should don brown vestments.

  22. Boston pastor says:

    I agree with what many people have said is going on, in particular 5580 and Jack O’Malley.

    Cardinal Sean’s advisors are corrupted and are pressuring him to do things he knows he should not do (and has not done in the past). Those advisers include Fr. Bryan Hehir, Terry Donilon, and his liberal Democratic Party PR folks at Rasky Baerlein. Compounding the problem is the new Vicar General, Bishop Uglietto is a relatively weak leader and personality compared to former VG Bishop Deeley. Terry Donilon has been overheard comparing VG Uglietto to the weak former VG Richard Erikson, who was marginalized for most of his tenure and kept out of key decisions.

    I think clericalism and money are also at play, along with some other forces. I have personally wondered for some time if Cardinal Seanis being blackmailed.

    • Michael says:

      Too bad. He is nonetheless responsible. Blackmail or no blackmail. No excuses. The buck stops with him.

    • Chris says:

      Speaking of money… There are a lot of wealthy ‘progressives’ with oversized influence in the archdiocese. A friend pointed me to Chuck Clough, BC trustee, money man and deacon at Holy Family in Concord. (If you’ve heard of that parish, enough said.)

      • 5580 says:

        The permanent diaconate in the archdiocese of Boston – ecclesiastical couples club

      • JGA says:

        What do you mean about the permanent diaconate? It sounds very insulting and degrading. Do you have a problem that most deacons are married?

      • JGA says:

        What does that mean? Sounds like slander or at least calumny. And what does this have to do with the subject of article?

      • Chris says:

        The question was why would Cardinal O’Malley go to BC to honor Kerry? Kerry, who is pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage. Why isn’t the Cardinal criticizing BC for honoring this man?

        One possible answer: There are some well-connected BC alums who are also players in the archdiocese and who are very, very wealthy. We all know some of the names; I’ve added another to the list.

    • Father, Would you mind contacting me? I’d love to speak with you (off the record). I’m host of a Catholic radio show, and am angered and disturbed by Cdl O’Malley’s conduct.

      You can learn more about my radio network here:

      http://www.forwardboldly.com

      God bless,
      Christine Niles

  23. O’Malley seems to be heretical.

    • Chris says:

      It’s not O’Malley’s teaching on faith and morals, but his actions that are at fault. He is creating public scandal by embracing Kerry and Menino, who are public proponents of gravely bad things.

    • "Just Wondering" says:

      Let’s just say that our Cardinal is “well connected.” However, if the Holy Father wants to get and correct all Priests and Bishops in connection with the sex abuse, how about all Priests and Bishops who are connected with people and/or educational institutions who have speakers contrary to our Catholic teachings and traditions??
      “JUST WONDERING”

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  25. David S. says:

    How are we supposed to teach our children that abortion and homosexual marriage is a mortal sin when the Catholic Church honors the proponents of these abominations?

    Venerable Fulton Sheen, pray for us.

  26. Nick Fluh says:

    “But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come: but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh….The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed: it were better for him, if that man had not been born.”

    And Jesus wept.

  27. Capt Crunch aka Collateral Damage says:

    Congrats to Cardinal Sean; he made the CMTV cut again

  28. Roderick says:

    This action of Cardinal O’Malley is so discouraging. Many of us young people have worked hard in the Pro-Life Movement and the Cardinal’s actions have left us feeling totally undermined.

    BCI, maybe you can conduct a fundraiser and you can put a full page ad in the Boston Globe asking the Cardinal to explain just why he so eagerly supports Pro Abortion Politicians.

    • 5580 says:

      Roderick:

      Please keep up your very good work for our Lord and His Church and please don’t get discouraged.

      O’Malley is unconscious much of the time and becoming more insignificant. He’ll be gone sooner than later but as a young person you will be here, please God, for many years. After the Mass and the Sacraments, the pro-life movement is the most important work of our Church. Stick with it and don’t give in to discouragement or temptation. Try to ignore the clericalism and ecclesiastical politics, especially the “leadership” that does not lead.

  29. S W says:

    Wait a minute!
    The boss told us not to be ‘obsessed’ with abortion right?
    The Bishops in MA have made a bold statement this week on
    gun control.

    http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/05/catholic_bishops_support_new_g.html

    So it appears that the regulation of an inanimate metal object and tool (a gun) deserves more of the Bishops focus than abortion.

    Consider: Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

    Abortionist do kill people, yet the bishops simply wring their hands and stroke the likes of John Kerry?

    Projectiles (bullets, bombs etc.) have played a tremendous part in world history. The have protected families from wild animals in the West, have protected civilization from evil and oppressive governments and every day law enforcement use these tools and the threat they present to ‘keep the peace’. Ironically, Kerry’s career was kicked off when he used a gun in Vietnam to heroically shoot a VC teenage threat in the back. (according to the Swift-boaters)

    The Bishops time would be better spent on securing the validity and reverence of the Sacraments than on politics on the Mexican border or the MA state house.

  30. Paul Smith says:

    Does Rev O’Malley have a good relationship with his priests?
    That would seem to be very important.
    Is this reorganization going well? Are the priests well respected?
    (Not just the “cute”ones)

  31. S W says:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303020/Priest-pleads-guilty-meth-dealing-Kevin-Wallin-Monsignor-Meth-spend-decade-jail.html

    Are catholic conspiracies real?
    Who am I to judge?

    I will pray for Fr. Wallin’s soul and The Church tonight.

  32. For sometime now, who am I to judge, has been the battle cry of those persons who profess to be Catholic, but do not desire to call sin a sin. The election of pope Francis is not valid because prior to being elected pope, pope Francis condoned same-sex sexual unions that are private, do not include children, and are not called marriage, and thus, according to pope Francis, do not effect society. (See page 117 of the book, On Heaven and Earth and various media reports). One cannot support same-sex sexual unions without supporting same-sex sexual acts, thus one cannot support same-sex unions and remain in communion with Christ, and His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

    Catholics recognize that man is not an end in himself, nor is man a means to an end, man was created for communion with God, Who Willed us worthy of Redemption. Who am I to judge is the battle cry of those who do not desire Salvation for their beloved, because they do not desire that we overcome our disordered inclinations, so that we are not led into temptation, but become transformed through God’s Gift of Grace and Mercy.

    Our call to Holiness, has always been, a call to be chaste in our thoughts, in our words, and in our deeds, which is why it should be obvious that those persons who desire to reorder man as an object of sexual desire/orientation, do so in direct violation of God’s Commandment regarding lust and the sin of adultery. Authentic Love is ordered to the personal and relational Dignity of the human person, who is not, in being, an object of sexual desire/orientation, but a son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife, father, mother; let no one deceive you.

  33. S W says:

    Nancy,
    You lost me at “Francis is not valid”.
    It seems the Catholic world is now completely crackers.
    Whoa – Catholic lay people need to understand papal infallibility as dogmatically defined by Vatican I, in 1869. To miss the memo on this leads to both ends of the goofy spectrum: sedavacantism to woman priest. Honestly if you can get this straight in your head you can call any liberal wayward member of the clergy an idiot in good conscience. (uninformed would probably be better than idiot) To trump that; could somebody tell me at what point did Catholic adults consider an unsanitary deviant sexual practice as anything other than a dirty habit practiced by weirdos?
    Who am I to judge? Same-sex sexual unions?
    What planet do you live on?
    Come on people, its GROSS.

    “Lets just keep our heads down until this Vatican 2 craze blows over”

  34. eholland56@verizon.net says:

    Hi Bill: Yesterday, 2 PP solicitors came to my neighborhood.  I said the older of the 2 was about 19, and was black  The other was a younger Asian girl.  I told th

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