Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston drew national attention when he told The Boston Globe daily newspaper after the vote that the Democratic Party “has been extremely insensitive to the church’s position, on the Gospel of life in particular, and on other moral issues.”
He said the document, considered by the bishops every four years since 1976, was clearer than earlier versions about the importance issues such as abortion and euthanasia have over other political issues with lesser moral weight.
. . . . “My plea with Democratic leaders is always that they make space for pro-life politicians, and I have many pro-life Democrats come to me and say that they not making space for them,” the cardinal added. “I think that that is a very serious problem, particularly in a state like Massachusetts, where it is so heavily Democratic.
But all is not well on the Western Front:
Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, told LifeSiteNews.com that the bishops “failed to say anything about pro-abortion politicians who are Catholic and the obligation that they as bishops have to deny holy Communion (to those politicians) and I am terribly distraught about that.”
We watch with baited breath for Archbishop Burke’s next move.? He does have this bulletin insert from the USCCB on the St. Louis Archdiocesan Website.? We will see, I am sure, how all this squares with his expertise on canon law.