Cardinal O’Malley sounds more and more like a disciple of the late Senator Ted Kennedy

“We must build a civilization of love, or there will be no civilization at all,” said Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley, at a Mass for the repose of the souls of those killed in the Marathon bombing. So far, so good. But then the wheels came off.

Pointing to sources of the “culture of death,” the cardinal mentioned individualism, alienation, abortion, violent films, and video games. He decried the death penalty. And then this:

The inability of the Congress to enact laws that control access to automatic weapons is emblematic of the pathology of our violent culture.

What’s wrong with that statement? Let me count the ways:

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Bishop McManus says “NO” to Kennedy

Anna Maria College announced that it had withdrawn an invitation to Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, “with deep regret.” The statement said that the school’s administration continued to think that the invitation had been appropriate in light of Victoria Kennedy’s work on issues such as gun control and children’s safety.

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Editor’s note: The “administration” was obviously wrong. Way to go, Bishop McManus!

The Passing Away of R. Sargent Shriver: Last of the pro-life liberals?

I grew up in Massachusetts during the heyday of this brand of liberalism. I actually remember consistent liberals. Sadly they are now nearly extinct. The Shriver’s stood in the proud tradition of the last truly great Democratic candidate for the Presidency of the United States; the late Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey. He was a great champion of all the poor and a candidate whom I proudly supported in his bid for the White House. He was censored at the National Democratic Convention when the forces of death on demand in the name of “choice” took over that once great Party. He and the Shriver’s heard the cries of all of the poor, including those whom Mother Teresa rightly called “the poorest of the poor”, children living in the first home of the whole human race who have no voice but our own.

Under the leadership of the late Governor Casey, a full-page advertisement appeared in the New York Times during the Democratic Convention in July 1992 called “A New Compact of Care: Caring about Women, Caring for the Unborn.” Both Eunice and Sargent Shriver signed this document , I offer a small excerpt in honor of Sargent Shriver:

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