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The ultimate insult

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Dec 10, 2004

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, radical activists defaced a Catholic chuch, spray-painting feminist slogans on the facade and twisting coathangers around a statue of the Virgin Mary.

The pastor was nonplussed. Why did they do it? he asked the Boston Globe, observing that his was a "progressive" parish.

Of course he understood why people would be angry with the Catholic Church (of course), but Father Charles Collins felt that this went too far. It was... Well, it was offensive!

How offensive was it? Let's let Father Collins answer that question:

It's as personally affrontive (sic) as a pro-lifer who goes inside an abortion clinic and passes out literature to staff.

Only in Cambridge (Archdiocese of Boston) would a priest reprimand the people who desecrate Catholic churches by telling them they're acting like (gasp!) pro-lifers.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 11, 2004 4:42 PM ET USA

    Isn't it long overdue that we start all over again in Boston? Is there any orthodox Catholic entity/priest in the Boston Archd.? We can't go on like this. The place is insane!

  • Posted by: Cornelius - Dec. 11, 2004 3:43 AM ET USA

    One might gently point out the error of this grotesque comparison Fr. Collins made by emailing him at [email protected].

  • Posted by: - Dec. 11, 2004 1:11 AM ET USA

    INCINERATE Collins and company ?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 11, 2004 12:13 AM ET USA

    Fr. Collins has, obviously, never learned to think. He has probably never learned to express anything but himself.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 10, 2004 10:31 PM ET USA

    Get under the desks! The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

  • Posted by: Sterling - Dec. 10, 2004 10:10 PM ET USA

    Well, I myself think it's as affrontive as a Catholic who genuflects before receiving Communion! But ... is it as affrontive as someone who uses words like "affrontive"?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Dec. 10, 2004 7:59 PM ET USA

    Oh, come, Phil. That's not true. It is FAR from "only" in the Archdiocese of Boston where this could happen. I can name LOTS of them---starting with my own, that of San Francisco.