Priests were prevented from ministering to Boston bombing victims.

Jennifer Graham captures the problem well:

But it is a poignant irony that Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who died on Boylston Street, was a Catholic who had received his first Communion just last year. As Martin lay dying, priests were only yards away, beyond the police tape, unable to reach him to administer last rites…

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Gun control laws didn’t stop Boston’s terrorist bombers. They never do!

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When Pressure Cookers Are Outlawed
Only Outlaws Will Have Pressure Cookers

Of course, gun control zealots respond to this by trotting out one of the silliest arguments they’ve ever presented: rising crime in the wake of tougher gun laws is a result of neighboring states failing to pass equally tough gun laws.  The same malarkey is ladled out whenever the vicious crime rates of a gun-control utopia like Chicago are discussed.  But Jacoby notes that in Massachusetts, as in Chicago, the surrounding areas have substantially lower crime rates.  If there’s any significant migration of armed criminals across state lines, it’s happening because said criminals are eager to ply their trade in “gun-free zones,” where they know tough gun laws have disarmed their prey.

There are calls to avoid politicizing the Boston Marathon atrocity – many of them emanating from people who have every intention of politicizing the hell out of it, but want to keep things quiet until the emotional reaction of the public subsides, in a perfect inversion of the strategy they employed to piggyback unconnected gun-control laws on the Newtown massacre.  The situation in Boston is so obvious that it crosses over the line into simple common sense, rather than politics.  Gun control laws didn’t slow down this pair of terrorist killers.  Their presence in various databases of interest to law enforcement didn’t prompt anyone to keep a close eye on them.  The government isn’t processing the information it already has very well; another gun database, another set of hoops for law-abiding citizens to jump through, will only increase the ratio of determined armed criminals to good citizens who conclude that exercising their Second Amendment rights isn’t worth the hassle.  And of course, the Boston bombers demonstrated that horrifying amounts of carnage can be inflicted without using guns.

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Blue Police State Arbitrarily Suspends Civil Liberties. But They Had A Good Excuse!

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As a reminder of what happened last week in Boston, full scale martial law was in place. Citizens were told to stay in their homes. They were told not to travel to and from businesses, and not to open their businesses. The economy was completely shut down. Let’s be clear, the 2nd Amendment and the 4th Amendment did not exist in Boston last week (arguably, the 2nd Amendment has been ignored in Boston for some time now). Law enforcement claims this was all “voluntary” lockdown, but a citizen video shows a much different story.

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Editor’s note: That this would happen in what is arguably one of the most the liberal states in the country speaks volumes about the tactics which might be used by a liberal controlled, federal executive branch of government, given virtually any excuse, so long as the necessary assets and resources could be successfully acquired and deployed.

The hundreds of billions Congress has spent on alleged “Homeland Security” might well end up being used to oppress Americans, rather than deterring terrorists.  This past weekend in Boston, it was used to accomplished both.

If it happened in Boston … then with appropriate pretense … there’s little to stop it from happening in your own local community … especially if you happen to live in a blue state. These types of things tend to set precedents, so it’s likely this is only the beginning. And in the end, the only thing capable of stopping it may be “a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state”.

That’s why the 2nd Amendment also maintains that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms arms, shall not be infringed.”

Should push ever come to shove, we can be certain that Joe Biden and his 12 gauge shotgun won’t have much of an effect on armored vehicles … or armored fighting men. And the would be tyrants know it.

That’s why they want to totally eliminate what they term “assault rifles” equipped with “large capacity” magazines … leaving the citizenry armed only with ineffective weaponry that would pose little or no threat to forces that might deliberately trample on the rights of all Americans … much as those same forces already selectively enforce only the laws of this land with which they happen to agree.

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Observations of an outspoken critic of the Boston interfaith prayer service

Regarding the various politicians and clergy who were invited to speak at Boston’s Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Cross, writer Thomas A. Droleskey observes :

It is no wonder that Ronne Friedman did not acknowledge Sean O’Malley as Friedman is an anti-Catholic bigot. He is a Christophobe. Nancy Taylor is just as much an anti-Catholic bigot as Ronne Friedman. Yet it is that they were permitted to speak at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross even though their very presence in the sanctuary of this once proud Catholic cathedral where so many thousands of true Masses were offered to God for His greater honor and glory as the very Sacrifice of the Cross was perpetuated in an unbloody manner was itself an act of mocking the Holy Cross and the Divine Redeemer upon which our sins fastened Him.

You might also like to know who one of Ronne Friedman’s congregants is. Sure, let me inform you. He is the brother of the 2004 nominee of the organized crime family of the naturalist “left,” the pro-abortion, pro-perversity then United States Senator and current United States Secretary of State John F. Kerry, at whose nominating convention in Boston, Massachusetts, nine years ago Ronne Friedman prayed to the devil:

Also yesterday, the invocation was given by Rabbi Ronne Friedman of Temple Israel in the Fenway. Kerry’s brother — attorney Cameron F. Kerry, a convert to Judaism — is a member of Temple Israel.

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The question for today: If you had to remain barricaded in your home, would you be safer with or without your own personal assault weapon?

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BOSTON—Thousands of law enforcement officers are entering the 20th hour of a massive, door-to-door manhunt for a 19-year-old suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings that wounded more than 170 people and left three dead.

A late-night police chase and shootout left one marathon bombing suspect—26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev—dead and the other, his younger brother, on the run, police here said. One police officer was killed and another seriously wounded during the violent spree. The city of Boston and its surrounding areas have ground to a standstill as the manhunt continues in a 20-block radius of Watertown, with local leaders warning residents to stay indoors. Police also announced there will be a “controlled explosion” in a building in Cambridge on Friday afternoon.

NBC News reported that police have uncovered seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Watertown and in the brothers’ home in Cambridge.

“It is important that folks remain indoors, keep the doors locked and not open the door unless there is a uniformed law enforcement officer on the other side of it,” Gov Deval Patrick said at a 12:30 p.m. press conference.

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Cardinal Bernard Law retires

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2011 / 05:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, former Archbishop of Boston, and appointed Spanish Archbishop Santos Abril y Castelló as the new archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Cardinal Law, who resigned in 2002 as Archbishop of Boston in the wake of the sex abuse scandal, turned 80 on Nov. 4.

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It’s pretty bad in Boston.

First the Archdiocese was allowing Mass for the purpose of celebrating and commemorating Gay Pride at St. Cecilia’s in Boston. Then they said it had to be cancelled, but there would be a Mass in the future to welcome the community, but not specifically gays and lesbians. Now, the “Mass marking gay pride is back on” with the full endorsement of the archdiocese.  This hit the Monday morning news after Catholic bloggers including us revealed how for years St. Cecilia’s has been sponsoring speakers who support gay marriage, in direct opposition to Catholic teachings.

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Relic of cross stolen from cathedral in Boston

“We are deeply troubled that this sacred relic was stolen, and we pray for those responsible,’’ the Rev. Kevin J. O’Leary, rector of the cathedral, said yesterday. “We ask the faithful of the Archdiocese of Boston to join the cathedral’s parishioners in praying every day for its return.’’

The relic disappeared sometime between 10 a.m. on June 30 and 8 a.m. on July 1, according to a police report. The theft was re ported Sunday by The Lady in the Pew, a blog written by Kelly Thatcher, who describes herself as “a Roman Catholic lady who loves being a Roman Catholic lady.’’ The theft was confirmed to the Globe yesterday by the Archdiocese of Boston.

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It just gets curiouser and curiouser!

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One of the most senior Catholic pro-life activists in the United States, American Life League President Judie Brown thinks so. Brown, appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Pontifical Academy for Life, said of the Kennedy funeral affair: “The entire travesty, from the television cameras to spectacle itself, goes beyond anything I have witnessed in my more than 65 years of life. In fact, while we all thought the appearance of President Barack Obama at the University of Notre Dame was a scandal, the very idea that he offered a eulogy in a basilica, while the real presence of Christ was in the tabernacle, is perhaps the most dastardly thing I have ever seen.”

Matthew 24:15  When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand.

No Abortion Coverage by Boston Archdiocese, but Questions Remain

The Catholic Action League noted that five of the nine members of Caritas Christi’s board of governors had been substantial donors to politicians who support abortion, including John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Al Gore, and Barack Obama. Doyle: “No one should be surprised that Caritas Christi is prepared to participate in a state contract requiring abortion coverage, when the leadership of the organization is willing to subsidize and perpetuate the careers of politicians who believe that abortion should be legal, publicly funded and unrestricted.”

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California Reflections on a Boston Book

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What Ought the Bishops Do?

(Editor: the following email arrived on May 26 from California woman who has followed and interacted with the California bishops regularly.)

Forgive the length of this e-mail, but I just got through reading The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston’s Catholic Culture by Philip Lawler, and I have to unload on someone.

The book is very insightful. Although the exact subject matter (e.g. Boston’s loss of Catholicity, the sex abuse scandal) is now water under the bridge, nonetheless, IMHO, it contains considerable food for thought for bishops. In fact, I started making notes as I was reading it of the areas where the same problems and patterns of episcopal behavior keep cropping up.

1) Protecting church institutions, not church faithful. Lawler gives the example in his book of the American bishops responding to the push for taxpayer-funded birth control programs simply by seeking exemptions for hospitals and doctors operating under the auspices of the Church. This had several bad results. Most importantly, by so limiting their arguments, they confirmed the popular idea that the Church’s opposition to contraception is just a narrow sectarian doctrine, rather than a universal moral principle. Secondly, they left the Catholic laity hanging out to dry. We saw the same thing here in California with regard to the Women’s Contraceptive Equity Act, in which, rather than presenting a principled opposition to requiring employers to fund contraceptives in their health coverage, the Church just whined about getting (and failed to get) an exemption for church-run organizations.

2) Opting for face-saving compromises that embolden the opposition. Lawler gives several examples in his book, reminding me of similar cases here in California. For example, there was Abp. Levada and the domestic partners debacle, where he got around explicitly providing health coverage for domestic partners of employees by saying that every employee could designate some other person who would get coverage. And again, the contraceptive equity act. I asked Ned Dolesji what happened after they lost the challenge to that law, and he indicated that Catholic Charities had managed some work-around. Probably many Catholic entities have just given up and are complying, but even if they have come up with some work-around which allows them to ostensibly comply with the law while somehow not really doing so, they have in fact emboldened the Legislature to move on to the next steps. If they stood up and said, “Sorry, then we won’t provide prescription drug coverage,” they would have shown that there were lines they were not going to cross.

3) The perennial problem of pro-abort politicians. The lesson from Lawler’s book is not to wait till election time to take them on. But they must be taken on. Issuing periodic general statements condemning abortion is meaningless if at the same time, those responsible for protecting and promoting it – indeed, those actually providing abortions – incur no penalties, or even disapprobation, from church leaders. (Ever since I heard of Ted Kennedy’s terminal condition, I have been thinking about this. Presuming that he does not repent, if he were to be denied a Catholic funeral and burial, or at least a public one, it would be the single most pro-life action the relevant bishops could take in this decade. Contrariwise, if he is sent out with full Catholic honors, these same bishops might as well not even bother saying anything about abortion ever again.)

4) Shooting the messenger. Yes, there are cranks and malcontents in every diocese, but that is not an excuse for circling the wagons and shooting at anyone who comes forward with relevant information concerning the questionable behavior (or orthodoxy) of a priest.

5) Lying. I find it so disturbing that spokesmen for church officials seem to have adopted, and are only held to, the very lax standards of honesty that apply to politicians and their spokesmen. Thus, as long as one is not absolutely covering up scandalous or criminal activity, it is acceptable to tell a better story rather than the true one. If it happens to come out later that Mr. Smith was actually golfing rather than attending a briefing when he got the news about such-and-such, that is accepted merely as a “clarification.” Two examples: 1) there was a Catholic World Report article about JPII, ca. 2003, in which it said that everyone knew that the Pope had Parkinson’s, though of course Joaquin Navarro-Valls denied it. It was simply taken for granted the Navarro-Valls would lie about it. (That prompted me to write a letter to CWR, in which I pointed out that we used to call that “lying.”) 2) Around the time of the bishops’ meeting in Dallas in 2002, the head of the USCCB flew off to Rome to consult about some matters, and then flew back. While he was gone, reporters were asking if he had gone to Rome, and his press people denied it. When he got back, they said, yes, he had been in Rome. Nobody made a big deal about the lying, but all I could think is that the new era of honesty and accountability was not getting off to a good start. (I have to confess that my recollection of the details of this second example are sketchy. What sticks in my mind is the apparent unconcern with which the bishop’s representatives told a lie of convenience – and no one called them on it. It was simply to be expected that spokespeople say whatever is helpful. Truth is a secondary consideration.)

6) The rush to forgiveness. Lawler’s book is replete with examples of bishops giving wonderful send-offs to despicable people, thanking them for their years of devoted service, the gifts they brought to their ministry, etc. I can think of similar cases here in California, for example, Bishop Ziemann in Santa Rosa. Again, my recollection of the exact details is a little sketchy, but I recall an article in Catholic San Francisco in which we were basically called on to admire Ziemann because he drew the line at paying millions of dollars in hush money for his peccadilloes. A few hundred thou were doable, but he decided eight million was too much (from the diocese he had spent into a $16 million deficit). What a guy! Then there was the priest who was arrested for possession of child pornography after his rooms at the seminary were raided. (Was he the rector, or just the dean? I forget.) As quick as the next issue of Catholic SF could get out, as he was being held without bail after entering a not guilty plea, we were being reminded about the need to forgive, we’re all human, years of service, etc. My reaction was, “Hey, he’s pled not guilty. Can we at least wait till he pleads guilty before we forgive him?” Is it really necessary to give everyone, no matter what they have done, a glowing commendation? Aren’t there times where at least silence would be more appropriate?

Again, sorry for the length of this, but I feel better having put this all down. Believe it or not, I also have some positive thoughts about bishops, but I won’t try your patience any further.

Article courtesy of the California Catholic Daily

New Book: The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston’s Catholic Culture

The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture
Faithful Departed traces the rise and fall of the Catholic Church in Boston, showing how the Massachusetts experience set a pattern that echoed throughout the United States as religious institutions lost influence in the face of rising secularization.
The collapse of Catholicism in Boston became apparent with the explosion of the sex-abuse crisis.
Lawler shows that the sex-abuse scandal was neither the cause nor the beginning of Catholicism’s decline in Boston.
Available from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Faithful-Departed-Collapse-Bostons-Catholic/dp/1594032114