border crossing

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 15, 2007

Acknowledging that Catholic voters in Massachusetts generally support Democratic candidates who are in favor of abortion rights, O'Malley said, "I think that, at times, it borders on scandal as far as I'm concerned."

At first glance Cardinal O'Malley's words to the Globe look promising. But on a second reading...

It "borders on" scandal? What would it take to cross that border?

  • Would it qualify as full-fledged scandal-- not just a borderline issue-- if the Catholic voters of Massachusetts supported a Congressional delegation that had 11 out of 12 members earn a 100% approval rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America? Because that's already happened.
  • OK, suppose the people's elected representatives voted to require pharmacists to dispense abortifacient pills, even if those pharmacists had moral objections? And suppose, when the (Mormon) governor vetoed that legislation, the (majority Catholic) state senate overrode the veto without a single negative vote? Been there; done that.
  • What if a new governor (who captured a majority among Catholic voters) decided to reject a $700,000 federal grant for programs encouraging sexual abstinence, and the Catholic-dominated legislature remained silent? Oh, never mind.
  • Would it qualify as actual scandal if most of the Catholic voters in Massachusetts re-elected legislators who had voted to uphold legal recognition of same-sex marriage? That's happened, too.

Look: Let's be honest. The behavior of Massachusetts voters in the last few decades does not "border on" scandal.

If you're looking for something that "borders on" a state of scandal, I'd say: New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2007 10:19 PM ET USA

    when's phil lawler's book coming out?

    February 2008 - Phil

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2007 10:10 AM ET USA

    "He also reached out to dissenters, favouring patience over aggressiveness in their regard, because he believed that in overcoming theological error, 'nothing is more effective than moderation and gentleness.'" --Pope Benedict XVI (Letter on the occasion of the 16th Centenary of the death of St. John Chrysostom, 10 August 2007)

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2007 9:05 AM ET USA

    Canismater and Cupertino have it right! Massachusetts Democrats are blindly loyal to their party even more than they are to the Church. Cardinal O'Malley is going to get some serious blowback from his statements and he needs our prayers. It took some serious guts for him to speak out as he did, knowing full well that the atmosphere in Massachusetts is openly hostile to pro-lifers and others who espouse traditional Christian moral values.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2007 4:45 AM ET USA

    Come on...the good Cardinal Mahoney is approaching them softly lest he destroy his ability to bring them the Truth. Have you ever met a Massachusetts Democrat? If you have then you would understand. If you haven't, then YOU don't get it.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 15, 2007 10:58 PM ET USA

    Cardinal O'Malley and Cardinal George both start to plunge right into attacking the notorious immorality of the Democratic Party and, at about the last minute, retreat back into the safe qualifiers that they think makes them appear objective, but in reality all they finally say is quite tepid and wimpy. How does Revelations put it, "But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth."

  • Posted by: - Nov. 15, 2007 8:54 PM ET USA

    This is the second time recently I have been reminded to pray for bishops (only one time here). The first prayer in the Canon of the Latin Mass includes a prayer for bishops. So why all this reminding to pray for them? The Church in its wisdom has us doing just that at every Mass. (Perhaps not so in the Novus Ordo?)

  • Posted by: - Nov. 15, 2007 8:04 PM ET USA

    Please! The Cardinal is a gentle, non confrontational, deeply spiritual man. He is not Thomas Torquemada much though you might like him to be. He has done something that has NEVER been done before in Boston by telling his flock they are wrong in supporting the pro abortion Democratic party and its leaders. In Boston Irish, catholic and democrat go together so this is a major challenge to all catholics. It leaves "catholic" pro aborts on the outside based on Catholic dogma and teaching. Bravo!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 15, 2007 7:40 PM ET USA

    If there was an actual scandal, then the obvious follow-up is, "Hey, you're the guy in charge of dealing with scandal, do something about it." It's like a fire chief looking at full scale fire and saying it borders on a being a fire that requires his intervention. Bishops devote 20 or 30 years to becoming one, and once there, it seems to be more about the power and pomp than their office to teach, to lead, and to sanctify. Cd. O'Malley is locked into Cardinal Medeiros precedence of blindness

  • Posted by: - Nov. 15, 2007 5:20 PM ET USA

    Amen, Diogenes. Would you send this to the Cardinal? His comments "I think" & "as far as I'm concerned" sidestep the objective moral truth of the matter: it is evil & a scandal to kill babies & to commit sodomy, & to vote to kill babies & commit sodomy. Your comment, "They just don't get it," which you rightly applied to Bp. Kicanas & his cronies (the majority of bishops in the US), applies to Boston's Cardinal Sean "as far as I'm concerned" O'Malley. Pray for bishops to be strong & holy.