As I said, it sounded as if Coyne was speaking for himself; he doesn't want to rock the boat, upset the apple cart, whatever. He's not very honest. (Remember, when they decided to close St. Augustine's school -- a very poor parish -- Coyne said for public consumption that it had been the pastor's decision, conveniently omitting to say that the archdiocese had cut something like $100,000 from St. Augustine's annual grant.)
I didn't see the story in post #8 anywhere, but there was a headline in Friday's Herald about O'Malley praising pro-life politicians (prominently displayed midway down page 18, of course):
Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley yesterday praised lawmakers who oppose legalized abortion in the face of political opposition.
"I think we need to call all Catholics and all Americans to see the importance of this issue," O'Malley said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C., after taking part in is 31st consecutive "March for Life."
"Obviously politicians are going to act independently," he said. "But we hope that they will follow their conscience and inform their conscience correctly on these issues.
"I think that some politicians start off as being pro-life and sort of lose their nerve, as it were," he said. "On the other hand, I think politicians who are faithful to their ideals and their convictions about the sacredness of life give a very special witness."
Politicians who used to be pro-life, hmm, there's Kennedy, Gephardt, Daschle . . . . There must be more; it seems any Dem who wants a role in the national party has to toe the line here.