Wednesday, October 30, 2002

The Washington Post looks at Irish-American Catholics and the Archdiocese of Boston:

Connors is not alone in his anger. The Boston archdiocese, with 2 million Catholics, has been torn apart by the scandal. But the quarter of the Boston church that, like Connors, is of Irish descent has been especially affected. This is their crisis, for the most part, and not just because most of the accused priests possess Irish surnames.

With some exceptions, other ethnic Catholics -- including those of Italian descent and newer Haitian, Latino and Asian immigrants -- appear less mobilized around the scandal. Many remain loyal to Law, who is known for his advocacy for immigrants and the poor. Irish American Catholics, in contrast, are leading the charge against their church in the places it can hurt most -- the courts, the legislature, the press and the collection plate....

Sen. Marian Walsh, an abortion rights and anti-death penalty Democrat who used to meet regularly with Law at the chancery and State House, became the first state lawmaker to call for his resignation. She also filed legislation making it a crime to recklessly create -- or fail to alleviate -- a substantial risk of sexual abuse to a child. Observers speculated that the bill, enacted last month, could be used against church supervisors, including the cardinal."We're the stakeholders," said Walsh, who attends Mass daily. "We want the church to have integrity, and we want our children to be safe."

Correction: the last person quoted, Marian Walsh, is not pro-choice. A reader writes with this link and quote:

"Ironically, Walsh had been Law's most steadfast legislative ally on Beacon Hill, siding with him against abortion and the death penalty, and on a host of social justice issues. But Walsh fell out

with the cardinal over his handling of the crisis and was the first state lawmaker to call for his resignation. "

Geez. Get it right, boys and girls of the press....

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