Boston's cafeteria Catholics
The Globe poll confirms what we've always known: Most of the people in Boston identify themselves as Catholics, and that identification is about as far as they're willing to go to satisfy the demands of the faith.
Most of these people don't frequent the sacraments, they don't believe what the Church believes, and they certainly don't proclaim the Gospel. From the Globe's perspective, that makes them ideal Catholics. ("The only good Catholic is a bad Catholic.") These folks take their instruction not from the Vatican, but from the Globe editorial page. So naturally the editors think that these folks should select the next archbishop.
The real lesson to be learned from this survey is that the Catholic population of Boston-- mostly estranged from the Church right now-- has lost all interest in a watered-down, timid, dysfunctional, corrupt approach to Catholicism. Is that really bad news?
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