In an interview on CBS This Morning about 9 months ago, Cardinal Timothy Dolan made the astute remark that the Church wasn't the one obsessed on sexuality issues or abortion, but that the press was and that the presses reference point in terms of the Church is an obsession with these issues, whereas the Church isn't.
Rocco Palma of Whispers in the Loggia reports the following similar remarks by Cardinal Sean O'Malley:
As part of a Roe anniversary media push, O'Malley gave an interview for Wednesday's editions of the Boston Herald to highlight both the church's pro-life work and, indeed, how "this Holy Father making such an emphasis on the church’s ministry as a ministry of mercy and of healing."
Asked along the way about Francis' widely-blared statement in the Antonio Spadaro interview that the church "cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods," Bergoglio's counselor gave the following notable response....
“The normal Catholic in the parish might hear a sermon on abortion once a year. They’ll never hear a sermon on homosexuality or gay marriage. They’ll never hear a sermon about contraception. But if you look at the New York Times, in the course of a week, there will be 20 articles on those topics. So who is obsessed? Now, the Church’s positions are very clear and very consistent. For us, life is at the very center of our social teachings. Life is precious. It is a mystery. It must be nurtured, protected, the transmission of life is sacred. And our defense of human life is a great service to society. When the state begins to decide who is worthy of living and who isn’t, all human rights are put in jeopardy, but the voice of the church is very clear. And we’re not just saying that life is precious in the womb but life is precious when someone has Alzheimer’s when someone has AIDS when someone is poor when someone has mental illness. Their humanity is not diminished – and they have a claim on our love and on our services. So the church’s position is a very consistent one. It is a consistent life ethic. I don’t think that we are obsessed, however, when the New York Times is writing 20 articles a week about these things and make reference to the Church in half of those articles, it gives the impression. But I think in the parishes, these things are talks, in a routine way, in CCD classes, along with the rest of the Catholic doctrine but all of our teachings fit together. They’re part of a whole. There’s a consistency in our life ethic.”Here is Cardinal Sean O'Malley's homily on Tuesday night at the Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The first part of Cardinal O'Malley's sermon is quite powerful and indites our judicial, legislative and executive branches of our government and the shrill liberal media that promotes the destruction of innocent human life. Our parish has a contingency of young people and chaperones there too, in weather that is not conducive to southern living!