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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 28, 2007

Father J. Bryan Hehir, once memorably described by Ralph McInerny as the eminence chauve behind the US bishops' pastoral letter on nuclear weapons, has now become the eminence chauve behind public policy of the Boston archdiocese. To fill his old spot as head of the local office of Catholic Charities, he has selected Tiziana Dearing, executive director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University.

So what do we need to know about this new appointee? The Boston Herald tries to anticipate that question:

Dearing said she has no plans to revive Catholic Charities’ adoption service, which the agency’s board voted to end last year under pressure from the Archdiocese of Boston to refuse to place children with gay couples.
“Catholic Charities’ policy on gay adoptions is set by the church,” she said.

Good; the Boston office of Catholic Charities won't blatantly defy Church teaching-- as it had done in the past. But do you know what Tiziana Dearing personally thinks about same-sex adoptions? Nope. Not on the basis of that statement, at least. She might well support the Church's teaching, but she didn't see fit to defend it.

Welcome, Tiziana Dearing, to the Boston archdiocese. You'll fit right in.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 30, 2007 10:14 AM ET USA

    That's good that she is flexibly delivered on this topic as much as, according to WBUR (Boston NPR) interview that the "Massachusetts resident Tiziana Dearing has been frustrated with the rhetoric she has heard from both sides of the recent debates over life issues." She has plenty of proven political slant toward the liberal side and activist social issues than core values and proof of solid Catholicism. Seems to me to be a flexible Catholic and solid secularist. She should fit in fine.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 29, 2007 9:04 PM ET USA

    Maybe O'Malley can make her rector of St. John's Seminary and deep six the entire seminary 10 years ahead of schedule rather than watch it sink slowly into oblivion under the weight of Jesuit "collaboration." Time for a tea party.