I think we counted something like 8 days that the Cardinal was going to be present and accounted for in Boston from the end of January to May 1st. Naturally, we are delighted the Boston Globe was there to record one of the moments.
Here's one of the things he said:
At yesterday’s news conference, a reporter asked O’Malley about Catholics who feel alienated from the church because of disagreements over social issues, such as gay marriage.
O’Malley replied that if the church can “lead people to Christ’’ it makes it easier to discuss “the challenges and hard words of the Gospel,’’ but he said that “the Ten Commandments are not up for grabs.’’
He added: “We need to do a better job to explain what the church’s teachings are and how they are connected in the very consistent life ethic. But obviously we can’t have that opportunity if those people aren’t talking to us.’’
That's all true of course. But as he well knows, all of his appointees and administrators are unfaithful to Church teaching. The last thing they are going to do is teach it to people in the pews. His administration is teaching people who show up to reject Church teaching. Consequently, in the last three years, we have lost close to one hundred thousand Catholics who "came home".
Catholics are not 'home' until they're living their lives in a pursuit of a state of grace every day. To accomplish that fiat, transgressions against God have to be named so that people will recognize the things they're doing that disconnect them from God's grace. Then priests have to sit in the confessional a half hour before every Mass on the weekend so that those of us who are gone 12 hours a day working have the Sacrament available to us.
It's sad to watch the man say he wants to accomplish something and in practice lead all the parties into the abyss.
n.b. Parishioners of Holy Trinity are requesting prayers to stop the sale of the Church. Take a moment to look at the pictures - it's a tragedy to see this beautiful Church sold to pay for the corruption and ineptitude.