leading cultural indicators
Cardinal Sean O'Malley has begun a campaign to educate Catholics in Massachusetts about the value of marriage. This isn't just about legal recognition of same-sex marriage there,the Boston Globe reports; there are other disquieting issues:
From 1986 to 2006, the number of Catholic marriages recorded in the Archdiocese of Boston has plummeted, from 12,274 to 4,519, about a 60 percent decline , church officials said.
That's a frightening indicator, all right. And the Globe story carries another. For a comment on Cardinal O'Malley's plan, the paper quotes a spokesman for those noted marriage experts, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.
Let's look on the bright side. While things in Massachusetts have now reached the stage where reporters ask homosexual activists to comment on Catholic pastoral initiatives, at least it's still legal for Catholics to comment on homosexual crusades. So things could be worse-- and will be, soon, if the tide doesn't turn.
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