Boston cardinal withdraws from Boston College graduation after abortion controversy

March 10, 2013Cardinal Sean O’Malley arrives to his titular church of Santa Maria alla Vittoria in Rome to celebrate Mass.Domenico … Continued


March 10, 2013Cardinal Sean O’Malley arrives to his titular church of Santa Maria alla Vittoria in Rome to celebrate Mass.Domenico Stinellis / AP

QUOTE OF THE DAY | Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley:

-Cardinal Sean O’Malley on withdrawing from Boston College’s graduation ceremony because of Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s support for abortion rights legislation.

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  • bflorhodes

    Why would anyone invite this guy in the first place?

  • XVIIHailSkins

    Beg forgiveness for the crusades, the Inquisition, the murder of Jews over the blood libel myth, the systematic protection, relocation, and sheltering of child rapists, the genocide of Native Americans, and the ongoing genocide in Africa caused by the Church’s dictates on contraception, and then tell me about how you want to protect the sanctity of life.

  • cricket44

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, O’Malley. Ever spare a thought for that woman who was killed by negligence in Ireland because of these policies you defend?

  • Henry452

    I would like to see the Catholic bishops show as much concern for the born who they treat as less than equal in the family of humankind, i.e. gays and women. I would like to see honest concern for the prevention of unwanted pregnancies by accepting the common sense of artificial contraception. I would like to see their high-profile priorities shift from their strange fixation on human sexuality to an all out campaign against poverty and hunger, and for the protection of children. I would like to see the bishops enter into open and honest dialogue on these issues, and quit honoring the bad decisions of past popes.

  • allinthistogether

    When examined only through the religious teachings of the Catholic church, opposition to all abortions seems a simple, ideologically pure stand. Polemic ideologies are always easy. When examined in the context of nature, of a human’s right to make decisions about their own body, and of our democracy’s separation of church and state, morality is much more complex – as is the actual “created” universe we live in. If a creator god had actually intended that no innocents die, the universe would have been a very different place than it is, and the leaders of the catholic church would have stood valiantly in front of the german tanks and SS, etc. to stop the holocausts. But we are human, early term human beings are not yet persons, and much more is at stake for the woman carrying the child than for the church. We should all do what we can to provide all support and resources needed to make it feasible for every woman to be able to raise their child in good health, and for every child to grow up in a healthy home then give the woman her “god-given” freedom to choose.

  • Openletter2004

    “the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong”

    BUT,, It was the Church’s postion that a 9 year old little girl that had been impregnated by rape should die a slow painful death by pregnancy in Argentina even after EVERY legitamate Doctor that examined her said she would not live long enough for either of the rapists twins to survive.

    So, the “morallity” of the Church is that even when no new life will result, the little girl should be sacrificed to satisfy the blood lust of “GOD”!!

    The little girl was an innocent.. But the Church wanted her dead.

    P.S. The Church was also demanding that when she died, that her rapist not be given the death penalty. Evidently he “repented’ and asked a local priest for forgiveness.

  • Fosl

    He won’t go to the graduation because a pro abortion politician is being honored there (what’s wrong with this picture to begin with), but I bet he wouldn’t refuse communion to the guy, or any of those prominent Boston pro abortion Catholic politicians.

    you show them Cardinal O’Malley, take a stand … once… for a day… that will be forgotten after next week. don’t trouble yourself to go to far out of your way though, don’t get involved in anything like barring them from communion though.

  • Fosl

    a little tiny violin is playing somewhere, a sanctimonious know it all takes on the church.
    won’t some body please think of the children? won’t somebody please think of the poor. blah blah blah.

  • Fosl

    2 sides fought the crusades you know.

  • allinthistogether

    Just to clarify, I believe that there is a fundamental difference between aborting a human zygote in the early weeks of pregnancy and aborting a fetus after more or less the first trimester, and we get much closer to aborting a “person” as the pregancy approaches mid-term.

    And, it does appear that the Church decided to put a purist principal above a 9 year old child’s life, and in Argentina deliberateed and decided to deprive that innocent child of her life in order to protect a principal. That truly is morally wrong. No way that Jesus would have done that.

  • patriot1

    To Cricket and Hail Skins: I see my two favorite fools are commenting again on something they know nothing about.

    To skin: You never defined or showed me an example of the Pope being infallible on a previous blog. Did you forget?

  • delunser

    ^ Spoken like a true Christian. I thought you were supposed to care about the poor but what do I know, I’m an atheist.

  • delunser

    I have a feeling they’re more objective about the situation than you are. You wouldn’t be a tea bagger religious fanatic by any chance?

  • XVIIHailSkins

    I see the mighty Catholic apologist of these threads has returned. I really hope you don’t think I’m being evasive when I tell you that I’m uninterested in engaging you unless you make a point that warrants a response. I believe that you mean well, but as I said before you’ve demonstrated several times that you aren’t exactly conversant with history, philosophy, law, or even the doctrines of your own church. Come up with an intelligent point or question and you’ll get an appropriate response.

  • XVIIHailSkins

    ^This is actually a nice distillation of the attitude of the Catholic hierarchy towards any moral critique of their decadent, depraved institution. They begin with indignation, end with mock, and in the process address none of the charges against them.

  • XVIIHailSkins

    Barring a non-Catholic from communion is more or less the same as a hippie threatening to punch you in your aura. Your superstitions don’t exactly translate for rational people.

  • cricket44

    “I see my two favorite fools are commenting again ”

    Aw, there’s your “Christianity” in full bloom. You’re a bit confused about what you claim to believe in, patriot.

  • patriot1

    To Hail Skin: Can’t answer a simple question. You made mention of the Popes’ infallibility on a previous log. I asked you to give me an example. Obviously you can’t. Hail To the Redskins! Losers’ again.

  • XVIIHailSkins

    Like I said, raise the level of intellectual seriousness and you’ll get a response when you deserve one (making fun of the Washington Redskins wasn’t a fantastic start, by the way).

  • Fosl

    the point which may escape you, is that there are many catholic politicians who use their religion for political purposes. It would be annoying to them to be told they can’t be both a good catholic and a good pro-abortion legislator.

    and further that if the cardinal really wanted to make a point of this he could have done so more emphatically without having to wait to see which way the tide was breaking on this topic.

  • patriot1

    You don’t know the answer to my question and can’t admit it. THe Skins are losers and so are you!!

  • patriot1

    To Cricket: Jumping to conclusions? I didn’t claim anything.

  • Catken1

    If you can’t be a good Catholic and also view a pregnant woman as a full human being who owns her own body, then every decent legislator ought to dump the Church.
    No one is “pro-abortion” – many people, however, do believe that if one person is being inhabited by another, and asked to sustain another’s life with her most intimate organs, she ought to have some continuing choice in the matter.

  • cricket44

    You’ve been on other threads proclaiming your Christian spirit. Like I said, you seem confused on what that means.

  • Fosl

    Actually, God owns the bodies of each of us. They are His, not ours.

  • XVIIHailSkins

    You really must read Orwell (and Freud for that matter).