The Massachusetts miracle

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 01, 2004

In Massachusetts, where legislators did nothing to prevent the judicial imposition of same-sex "marriage," the lower house of the state legislature is now ready to consider a bill that would require all hospitals to furnish the abortifacient "morning-after" pill on request.

This bill was already approved by the state senate, without opposition.

Read that last phrase again. Without opposition. In a legislature made up primarily of self-identified Catholics. In a state where Catholics make up roughly 50% of the electorate.

Just wondering: At what point do you think we should concede that there's a problem with the faith in Massachusetts? That the life of the Church here is not "vibrant?"

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. 01, 2004 9:31 PM ET USA

    I predict there will come a time in a lot of mass. Catholics lives when they wished that they cared as much for their faith as they do the Red Sox. they think the're in missery now!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2004 7:38 PM ET USA

    I would say 'vivant' not vibrant

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2004 3:47 PM ET USA

    Gusguru: You are absolutely correct, except that this isn’t just a Massachusetts problem, it’s a worldwide decline among the faithful. And, as you indicated, this decline has “been blatantly obvious for decades.” To be precise, it’s been exactly four decades—four decades since the “reform” of VCII. BTW, Phil: One of the antonyms of “vibrant” is “slothful;” and sloth is one of the DEADLY sins. Deliberate choice of words? And a prediction?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2004 12:12 PM ET USA

    Get with it, Phil. You should have conceded that point about 35 years ago. If it takes you all the way until 2004 to finally learn that there is a problem with the faith in Massachusetts....then where have you been? This is not a new revelation or some astonishing discovery. It's been blatantly obvious for decades. It's utter apostasy from the laymen all the way to the highest levels in the Church in Massachusetts.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2004 10:25 AM ET USA

    Dead right Phil. The disobedience of the "faithful," the unbelief of "believers," even moreso than the scandal of the priests is the bane of the Catholic Church.