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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Archbishop of Hypocrisy

Today's Boston Globe reports that Archbishop Sean O'Malley won't be attending the Catholic Charities holiday dinner this year:

Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley has canceled plans to attend the annual Christmas dinner for Catholic Charities next month because the event is honoring Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a supporter of Catholic Charities who has also been an outspoken advocate of abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Basically, O'Malley is saying that pushing the church's divisive social agenda is more important than helping the poor, and we all remember the passage in the Bible where Jesus made this so crystal clear in a sermon to his disciples.

The comedy continues with an article in the same newspaper with the headline "O'Malley calls on Catholics to stop bias against gays." Mr. Archbishop, I think we could start by not boycotting dinners that honor advocates of same-sex marriage.

This comes in advance of the Vatican's release of a report about gays and the priesthood, which many are interpreting as a response to the pedopilia scandal. Somehow I think conflating pedophilia with homosexuality isn't going to make gays feel so welcome in church.