Cardinal Sean O’Malley continued his failure to publicly walk the talk on abortion by issuing a statement on his blog opposing the recent enactment of a new buffer zone law in Massachusetts–yet he did nothing in advance of the law’s passage to even try to oppose it.
In spite of a unanimous decision of the United States Supreme Court declaring unconstitutional the Massachusetts law enforcing a 35 foot “buffer zone” around abortion clinics, the Massachusetts legislature acted with unseemly haste to establish what amounts to a new buffer zone of 25 feet.
After both branches of the legislature sent the bill to the Governor who signed it into law, the effect again is to make it very difficult for citizens seeking to offer alternatives to women contemplating an abortion.
The civil law must balance the rights and duties of all individuals and we must be vigilant to ensure the safety of all people, regardless of their position on this most serious issue.
I recognize the struggle for all involved, but I believe preventing any reasonable possibility for dialogue is a misguided use of civil law. The Supreme Court seldom is unanimous in our day; the fact that it was on this question gives me hope that the judiciary will once again correct what I regard as an unjust limitation on free speech in Massachusetts about a fundamental moral and human issue.
Yet, while the measure was working its way through the legislature, O’Malley said not a word, as we noted previously in this post. The Mass Catholic Conference finally issued an email appeal for faithful Catholics to contact legislators the day before the final vote and The Pilot had an article about the issue, but there was never a statement by O’Malley or the Massachusetts Catholic Bishops on the issue. He did of course, take the time to appear in May at the Boston College commencement that honored pro-abortion anti-Catholic “Catholic” Secretary John Kerry, in opposition to USCCB guidelines that ban such honors, and he also took the time recently to appear with Gov. Deval Patrick and other pro-abortion politicians to serve as a human prop in support of housing illegal immigrants.
It may have been an uphill battle to defeat this measure. Still, evil triumphs when good men do nothing. The Cardinal did nothing. Then he opines after the fact that he hopes the judiciary will once again correct the bad law–what, 7 years later and at a cost of hundreds of babies aborted and millions of dollars in legal costs to pro-lifers? Thanks very much for the empty words and inaction, Cardinal Sean. Will you ever be done appearing with all of the politicians who hate the Catholic Church and the non-negotiable moral principles we stand for and instead be available to stand up for those non-negotiable principles before they are further eroded?