Boston’s cardinal is to boycott a Jesuit college’s graduation where Taoiseach Enda Kenny is the commencement speaker, over his support for the proposed Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill.
In a statement, Cardinal Sean O’Malley said abortion was “a crime against humanity” and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked Catholic institutions not to honour those who promote it.
Mr Kenny is due to receive an honorary degree from Boston College at the May 20th commencement. Cardinal O’Malley said that since the college had not withdrawn its invitation and Mr Kenny had not declined it, “I shall not attend the graduation”.
This is the good bit:
“It is my ardent hope that Boston College will work to redress the confusion, disappointment and harm caused by not adhering to the bishops’ directives,” he said.
Ochone, the confusion, disappointment, an' harm the College is after causin'! It's thrown the worl' in a TERRIBLE state o' chassis!
It's rather difficult to believe at this late date that anyone much cares about, or even less for, the moral pronouncements of any Boston cardinal -- except perhaps for those scattered demented few who pay attention to the utterly discredited and darkly comical fatwas issued forth by the Radical Clerics of the U. S. Catholic fringe.
Anyway, hooray for these MA shouty idiots! Tim Corcoran and R. S. Devane salute you. Both of those fine fellows had nothing but praise for the Boston Irish, who never met a moral dilemma they couldn't use as a fucking bludgeon.
MAS. All you need to know about how screwy Irish American Catholicism is, never mind Irish Catholicism, is to be Boston College and have to decide "huh, a visiting Leader of a Free Nation who was to speak and a local Bishop who would have waved, who wins?"
Eamon de Valera would have felt he had no choice but to ignore O'Malley in these circumstances, by the way. That's not even disputable.