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Sean O'Malley: the Kennedy Cardinal

Sean O’Malley: The Kennedy Cardinal

By John Vennari

This is excerpted from the report on the 2013 March for Life in DC, Catholic Family News (March, 2013). We publish it to provide a cold dose of reality to those who mistakenly believe Boston’s Sean Cardinal O’Malley would be a suitable candidate for the Papacy.

Though I always hope to see Bishops and Cardinals at pro-life events, I was dismayed to behold the Cardinal who addressed the Rally this year. Cardinal Sean O’Malley from Boston was introduced as a pro-life prelate who years ago, as Father O’Malley, stood on the platform at the DC March along side Nellie Grey.

Cardinal O’Malley, however, is the bishop of the Kennedy’s, and never bars these pro-abortion “Catholics” from Holy Communion. He not only allowed the rabidly pro-abortion Senator Ted Kennedy to remain a Catholic in good standing with full access to the Communion Rail, but gave him a hero’s send-off of a funeral Mass in 2009.

At the time, responding to complaints from pro-lifers about his participation in Kennedy’s funeral Mass, O’Malley responded by calling for a greater civility among Catholics when discussing divisive issue. As if the pro-lifers were the villains of the piece, he warned against “harsh motives” and attributing “the worst motives” to people with whom Catholics have disagreements, saying “these attitudes and practices to irreparable harm to the Church.”

The Cardinal said, “If any case is motivated by judgment, anger of vindictiveness it will be doomed to marginalization and failure.”

Though O’Malley stated he “disagreed” with Kennedy’s position on abortion, he continued “We stop the practice of abortion by changing the law, and will be successful in changing the law if we change people’s hearts. We will not change hearts by turning people away in their time of need and when they are experiencing grief and loss.”

He also defended his practice of allowing pro-abortion Catholic politicians to receive Communion. “Our ability to change people’s hearts and help them to grasp the dignity of each and every life from the first moment of conception to the last moment of natural death is directly related to our ability to increase love and unity in the church, for our proclamation of the truth is hindered when we are divided and fighting with each other.”

First, from a pragmatic point of view, it must be noted that O’Malley’s approach does not work and has not worked for over 30 years. Pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians are only emboldened by such episcopal weakness.
Further, O’Malley’s arguments neatly side-step his obligation to refuse Communion to those promoting abortion, a sin of murder against the most innocent and helpless that cries to heaven for vengeance.

Contrast O’Malley’s bleatings with St. John Chrysostom, Father and Doctor of the Church, who did not mince words in this regard. St. John Chrysostom said to his priests:

“It is necessary that I address myself, that you may distribute the sacred gifts with great caution.
For your punishment will not be light should you, knowingly, admit any to Communion…whom you know to be unworthy of it. Our Lord’s blood will be required at thy hand. And even though he were a general, or a governor, even he who wears the crown, should he draw near unworthy, forbid him: for higher is your authority than his.”

Even EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo was not fooled by O’Malley’s prevarications. He wrote, “The prayer intercession at the [Ted Kennedy] funeral Mass, the endless eulogies, the image of the cardinal archbishop of Boston [O’Malley] reading prayers, and finally Cardinal McCarrick interring the remains sent an uncontested message: One may defy church teaching, publicly lead others astray, deprive innocent lives of their rights, and still be seen as a good Catholic, even an exemplary one.”

I was disheartened to see O’Malley – another compromised post-Concliar bishop – presented to 500,000 cheering pro-lifers as some sort of champion in the cause of the unborn. Is this the best pro-life specimen the American Church can produce?

From March 2013 Catholic Family News

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