A cheer for Boston priest (but half-hearted)

A cheer for Boston priest (but half-hearted)

A Boston archdiocese pastor in the town of Andover has gotten lots of attention because he asked a pro-abortion politician to stop cantoring. Fr. William Cleary at St. Augustine Parish asked state Rep. Barbara L’Italien to step down as cantor and leader of the children’s choir, although according to the Boston Herald, he has changed his mind and will let her remain with the kid’s choir, and he has done this because she is pro-abortion. L’Italien is a little confused about what it means to be Catholic.

“I’m trying to be a good Catholic,” L’Italien said. ‘‘But this should be a separate issue. Church should be a sanctuary for me and my faith and not have anything to do with my work.”

She may as well have said, “Church should be a sanctuary for me and my faith and not have anything to do with my support for murdering babies.” Sorry, Barbara, but if you were trying to be a good Catholic, you wouldn’t say it’s okay for unborn babies to be killed, for gays to attempt marriage, or publicly support birth control, and church is not a sanctuary from the demands of conscience and God’s will. Of course, L’Italien tries to counter-balance her support for murdering the innocent by trumpeting her opposition to killing the guilty: ‘‘I tried to point out that I am against the death penalty, that I’ve worked with the poor.” Well, since it’s a zero-sum game, that makes it all better, right?

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