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A predictable politician

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 21, 2003

Well, well, well.

The attorney general of Massachusetts is very critical of the way the Boston archdiocese handled sex-abuse allegations. Great. Is there anyone left who is not very critical?

The AG says there won't be any indictments. Surprise, surprise! Indictments entail hard work-- actual prosecution-- rather than big talk and media splash.

The AG says that most of all, his office wants to "help" the archdiocese in the future-- in other words, he'd like to set policies for the Catholic Church.

Enjoy your press conference, Mr. Reilly. That's what you're good at.

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: - Jul. 21, 2003 11:48 AM ET USA

    It's hard to indict your own. The difference between Catholic bishops and their peers in powerful positions in media and government vanished long ago. The bishops are simply that wing of the '60s revolution who chose to entrench themselves in the Church instead of the judiciary or CBS News. Besides, the AG owed the bishops a favor. For years, our bishops have given our politicians a pass on basic morality--It was payback time.