theology, Boston style

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 10, 2005

Boston's Mayor Tom Menino responded last night to the Catholic critics who have protested his support of abortion and same-sex marriage. And the Boston Globe, always sympathetic to anyone in conflict with the Catholic Church, gave His Honor's speech a rave review.

Menino, who is not easily confused with Demosthenes, worked himself up to this rhetorical peak:

"And what moves me most about being a Christian is what Jesus taught us about being religious," Menino said. 'He did not give priority to piety. He didn't make holiness the big thing. And he did not tell us to go around talking up God, either."

Go ahead: Read that final sentence again. Now read the final four verses of St. Matthew's Gospel. I sense a teeny bit of tension there. But what do I know, never having studied at the Ted Kennedy School of Theology?

About now you could be wondering: What did the leaders of the Boston archdiocese think of the Mayor's remarks? The Globe story provides the answer:

Terrence C. Donilon, a spokesman for the archdiocese, applauded the speech.

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  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Dec. 10, 2005 6:47 PM ET USA

    i guess i was fooled. i though fr. o'malley was going to clean out the stable. instead, he allows it to become soiled. is it just me or has boston sunk lower?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 10, 2005 3:16 PM ET USA

    Such problems you have in Boston. I feel blessed to be living in Los Angeles. We are in perfect compliance with "the document", we adhere to all official liturgical guidelines, all our college professors are theologically aligned. Tod Tamberg told us it was so. And if you cant believe a diocesan spokesperson...............

  • Posted by: - Dec. 10, 2005 2:31 PM ET USA

    "...And he did not tell us to go around talking up God, either." For Hizzoner's convenience, I've attached the appropriate Scripture: (Mt 28:18-20) "Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

  • Posted by: - Dec. 10, 2005 1:34 PM ET USA

    Abp O'Malley and his cabal (including Terrence) are a major disappointment to me.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 10, 2005 12:18 PM ET USA

    Just shoot me. No, wait, I'll never give up until these people all start living up to the dignity that God gave us as birthright. Boston, you should be ashamed.

  • Posted by: Sir William - Dec. 10, 2005 11:34 AM ET USA

    So much for obedience. Do our "leaders" expect us to listen to them, when they won’t listen to the commands of Jesus. They are the sons of Caiaphas let us treat them as such.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 10, 2005 10:00 AM ET USA

    Juxtapose this speech with your chilling picture of babies' limp, lifeless remains being charred in an oven and I think you have a Flannery O'Connor moment that perhaps even some of our far gone Bostonian paganites can understand.