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O’Malley defends role at Kennedy rites ^ | September 3, 2009 | Michael Paulson

Posted on 09/03/2009 9:51:21 AM PDT by NYer

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley last night issued a forceful defense of his decision to participate in the funeral of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, an appearance that has drawn sharp criticism from some conservative Catholics because of Kennedy’s ardent support for abortion rights.

O’Malley, writing in his blog, also revealed the substance of a conversation he had with President Obama near the altar of the Mission Church as the congregation assembled for Saturday’s funeral. He said he told Obama that the Catholic bishops are “anxious to support a plan for universal health care, but we will not support a plan that will include a provision for abortion or could open the way to abortions in the future.’’

But the most impassioned part of the cardinal’s blog post - which is at times folksy, at times cerebral, and punctuated by snapshots of the memorial events - is a de facto plea for greater civility among Catholics when discussing divisive issues. He warned against “harsh judgments’’ and attributing “the worst motives’’ to people with whom Catholics have disagreements, saying “these atti tudes and practices do irreparable damage to the communion of the Church.’’

“If any cause is motivated by judgment, anger or vindictiveness,’’ he added, it will be doomed to marginalization and failure.’’

And to those who argued that Kennedy did not merit a Catholic funeral because of his support for abortion rights, the cardinal wrote: “In the strongest terms I disagree with that position.’’

“We will stop the practice of abortion by changing the law, and we will be successful in changing the law if we change people’s hearts,’’ he wrote. “We will not change hearts by turning away from people in their time of need and when they are experiencing grief and loss.’’

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Worship
KEYWORDS: boston; kennedy; omalley

1 posted on 09/03/2009 9:51:22 AM PDT by NYer
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President Obama talked with Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley during Edward M. Kennedy's funeral. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)

What about the "intercessions" read by the grandchildren ... no screening of these? What about the scandal for practicing Catholics caused by the misrepresentation of Catholic doctrine? What about ... oh, forget it.

3 posted on 09/03/2009 9:54:00 AM PDT by NYer ( "One Who Prays Is Not Afraid; One Who Prays Is Never Alone"- Benedict XVI)
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I am sure Teddy’s family plonked down some money for indulgences and will be sure to take it off their taxes next April. The Cardinal proves that his concerns are not for his flock but for the fleecing of that flock.

4 posted on 09/03/2009 9:59:58 AM PDT by pikachu (Be alert! We need more lerts!)
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It boils down to: “There were all these very important people there. I had to come or they will not think I am also a very important person. That’s why I wore my red suit.”

5 posted on 09/03/2009 10:00:00 AM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE HOMO!)
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O’Malley and other catholics like him can kiss my ass.
They’ve lost their way and need to be recalled or step down
until they understand what God really wants.

6 posted on 09/03/2009 10:03:56 AM PDT by metalurgist (Want America back? It'll take guns and rope. We're too far gone.)
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Attire and appearance are very symbolic in the Church as is evidenced by the clothing and colors selected for Cardinals to wear at various occasions. What does the beard and long-ish hair say about Cardinal O’Malley?
7 posted on 09/03/2009 10:04:44 AM PDT by Natural Law
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You hit it on the nose.

8 posted on 09/03/2009 10:05:10 AM PDT by metalurgist (Want America back? It'll take guns and rope. We're too far gone.)
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Mass stipends are not tax deductible, so I imagine donations as alms connected to pilgrimages or other acts that are indulgenced are not deductible :-)

It’s always angered me that the IRS deems itself qualified to issue a theological sententia regarding how Mass stipends differ from other charitable donations. Latent anti-Catholic WASP bigotry at work, I suspect.

Besides, for an indulgence to be gained, the penitent has to go to confession first. And pray for the Holy Father’s intentions. I wonder if Ted did that?

But the Kennedy’s don’t have to be so indirect as to make charitable donations for indulgences. They have other ways of twisting bishops around their fingers.

9 posted on 09/03/2009 10:06:20 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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O’Malley had better be less concerned with what “people” think and more concerned with what God thinks - least he find himself bunking with Ted in the afterlife.

10 posted on 09/03/2009 10:07:33 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: Natural Law

Beards have a long and honorable tradition for Christian clergy. They are required of Orthodox priests and bishops in many instances.

Pick yourself up out of the 1960s and stop associating beards solely with hippies of that era. O’Malley may have a million faults, but leave his beard alone.

11 posted on 09/03/2009 10:07:57 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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