Protesters as tourists

Protesters as tourists

Columnist Jack Kenny welcomes Boston protesters to New Hampshire as they picket Bishop McCormack. Now I agree that if Cardinal Law had to resign for what he did, Bishop McCormack should certainly resign for what he did, too. But I don’t disagree with the parishioners at Manchester’s cathedral who want the protesters to go home.

Kenny says: “Judging by news reports of the event, the protesters cooperated with the efforts of Manchester police to ensure that no one was obstructed in either entering or leaving the building. The only confrontations were a few verbal barbs hurled from a safe distance between protesters and worshippers.” In other words, he didn’t experience the protest firsthand. Well, I didn’t either, but if it’s anything like the protests that have happened at churches in the Archdiocese of Boston, it wasn’t just “a few verbal barbs.” Some of the protesters are very offensive and some of what they say could be construed as a form of child abuse. Some people have reported hearing protesters warn children to cover their “privates” when they are at Mass or even more obscene things.

This is helping them?

I sympathize with parishioners who don’t want to have to run the gauntlet with their children just to get to Mass on Sunday.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli