Cardinal O'Malley Addresses the Controversy

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley usually puts up his weekly blog entry on Friday afternoon. But, Wednesday night, he put up his thoughts about the funeral for Sen. Kennedy and the controversy his own participation caused. You can read the Cardinal’s reflections here.

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8 years 11 months ago
The Cardinal's blog is full of paradoxes. There is a phalanx of American presidents (Carter, Clinton, Bush, Obama, and VP Biden), and other eminences. Missing from the picture are the millions of the "constitutionally" terminated unborn. According to a previous post, 2 of them may have become presidents, and surely millions would have become doctors, scientists, educators, public servants, and religious leaders. Perhaps one of those scientists would have found a cure for Senator Kennedy's ailment. Perhaps if the Senator had not radically changed his mind, adhered to Catholic principles, and defended the unborn, our politics would have been less confrontational, less divisive, more wise, and less single issue, and perhaps we would now have universal health coverage. 
8 years 11 months ago
Roma Locuta Est, Causa Finita Est ("Rome has spoken;
the case is now closed."). Now let's move on to talk about other issues (like health care, for instance) in a civilized maner.
8 years 11 months ago
He seems confused and tired. I can't imagine the stress he is under.  For all those trying to minimize the horrors of abortion, to relegate it to a side issue that isn't discussed in polite company, I would only cite Mother Theresa's famous observation:
''If abortion is not wrong, nothing is wrong.''
It would have been nice if Fr. Monan or the Cardinal could have squeezed in some reminder at the funeral that the Church actually cares quite a bit about the ongoing human sacrifice going on in this country.

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