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The Abortion-friendly Taoiseach comes, the Super-Cardinal leaves

"Hmmm... Should I trust this smile?..."
Cardinal Sean
May 10, 2013

Because the Gospel of Life is the centerpiece of the Church’s social doctrine and because we consider abortion a crime against humanity, the Catholic Bishops of the United States have asked that Catholic institutions not honor government officials or politicians who promote abortion with their laws and policies.

Recently I learned that the Prime Minister of Ireland, the Hon. Mr. Enda Kenny was slated to receive an honorary degree at Boston College’s graduation this year. I am sure that the invitation was made in good faith, long before it came to the attention of the leadership of Boston College that Mr. Kenny is aggressively promoting abortion legislation. The Irish Bishops have responded to that development by affirming the Church’s teaching that “the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong” and expressed serious concern that the proposed legislation “represents a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law.”

Since the university has not withdrawn the invitation and because the Taoiseach has not seen fit to decline, I shall not attend the graduation. It is my ardent hope that Boston College will work to redress the confusion, disappointment and harm caused by not adhering to the Bishops’ directives. Although I shall not be present to impart the final benediction, I assure the graduates that they are in my prayers on this important day in their lives, and I pray that their studies will prepare them to be heralds of the Church’s Social Gospel and “men and women for others,” especially for the most vulnerable in our midst.

Abortion-happy Enda is a stain on the whole history of Ireland. After being advised by the Church, this is what he said:

“Everybody’s entitled to their opinion here but as explained to the Cardinal and members of the church my book is the constitution and the constitution is determined by the people. That’s the people’s book. We live in a Republic and I have a duty and responsibility as head of Government to legislate in respect of what the people’s wishes are.”

But Ireland is not just any Republic; it is founded upon this, a constitution determined by a people recognizing the superior position of Almighty God: "In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred, we, the people of Éire, humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial ... ." (Constitution, Preamble). If the Republic is not to be a Commonwealth founded on Catholic mores, what on earth did the Irish fight for? The euro?


  1. Papabile

    My intuition is that Cardinal O'Malley was the runner-up in the Conclave.

  2. When it was pointed out to Mr Kenny that excommunication was one possible consequence of his actions, he reportedly said 'I speak to God my own way.' How catholic is that?

  3. I e-mailed the following to the President of Boston College yesterday:

    "Dear Rev. Father Leahy,

    I am a Catholic and live in the County Cork.

    I am simply stunned that your naive (at best) invitation to Toaoiseach Enda Kenny has been extended to a man who, in the very teeth of Church and pro-life-opposition here in Ireland, steadfastly and unabashedly advances an agenda destined to usher-in the liberalization of abortion in our nation, an agenda defended both by the liberal Irish news media and that ungodly Moloch, the European Union.

    It is a slap in the face to both Catholic and Protestant pro-life groups in the Republic and gravely if not fatally, owing to the priceless publicity you will afford Mr. Kenny, undermines our efforts to hold back 'the blood-dimmed tide loosed upon the world.' (W. B. Yeats 'The Second Coming', circa 1919)

    Would Pope Francis, also of the Society of Jesus, for one moment give this promoter of liberalized abortion a public platform? No! .

    I pray that you find some way to extricate Boston College from this brewing international scandal.

    Your brother in Christ Jesus,

    Liam Ronan

    P.S. You may want to have a read of the W.B. Yeats poem cited above. It adds a biteen of contemporary perspective."

  4. I heartily applaud Cardinal Sean for his stance as well as for the forthright, yet highly respectful, announcement.

    "Fr.O", I have heard that exact statement being accorded to other politicians, so I wouldn't give the source any credence, if I were you.

  5. I have read Mr Kenny's response which you quoted above. The man is an impudent nonentity, and it is with great sorrow that I reflect upon the fact that the Irish people have voted him into office.

  6. Ireland has an apostate for first minister, what a sad wee man and a very bad state of affairs and the lies he has peddled, that he is speaking for the people! When the Irish people have consistently told the child killers to bog off!
    Where does this politician get off??!
    Boston College is clearly in name only a college based on Christ the Lord - but apostate leadership is all over the Church at present, hopefully they will resign and go set up their own wee fake church sooner rather than later.

  7. Hopefully out of charity for the man, he will be excommunicated and told that his eternal soul is in danger of damnation.

  8. Hi parepidemos

    His words, as reported in the Irish Independent last week were:
    'Well, I have my own way of talking to my God.'

    It was reported in the Irish Times also. He's had plenty of time to claim he was misquoted and demand a correction or retraction, but not a dicky-bird.


  9. Thank you, Cardinal Sean!

  10. Nobody has to be blamed except the people of Ireland who voted for this Prime Minister.

  11. "Nobody has to be blamed except the people of Ireland who voted for this Prime Minister."

    And one could add the clergy of Ireland who formed the conscience of the people of Ireland.

  12. D. Harold, you have already been told you are unwelcome here and that your comments will never be posted. Cease and desist, please.


  13. Finally--a U.S. cardinal who will stand on principle for the faith, rather than issuing the usual nostrums and looking the other way. A tip of the hat to Cardinal O'Malley.

  14. Cardinal O'Malley said:

    "It is my ardent hope that Boston College will work to redress the confusion,"

    "Confusion??!!!!!!" WTH?!!

    There IS no confusion, come on your Emminence!!

  15. Let's not be too quick to heap praise on Cardinal O'Malley. As a resident of Boston, Massachusetts, I vividly remember Cardinal O'Malley presiding, in choir dress, over the funeral Mass of Senator Edward Kennedy, and then offering the final blessing and prayers wearing a cope and miter. No one did more to advance abortion rights in the United States than Senator Edward Kennedy, and yet he had two US Cardinals present at his funeral rites: Cardinal O'Malley in Boston and Cardinal McCarrick at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC. I think Cardinal O'Malley should first clean house at home, by publicly admonishing and refusing Holy Communion to US politicians who promote abortion and gay marriage, before he boycotts Boston College's Commencement Ceremony because the Prime Minister of Ireland is going to be a guest. Surely the students at Boston College are just as deserving, if not more so, of a public benediction from Cardinal O'Malley as was Senator Edward Kennedy!

  16. Stop fighting it. Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out. A full cleaning of the slate is the only way to restoration.

  17. Fr Gary V's comment is extraordinarily ill-informed. The Irish people voted for a plurality for parties out of which a coalition was formed - this is a natural consequence of Proportional Representation by Single Transferable Vote. Many of them voted for Kenny's party on foot of specific undertakings he gave to protect the pro-life position of the Irish Constitution and laws. Moreover, the substantial lead which the pro-abort Labour party had in the polls was decimated once pro-life groups publicised their stance. They were of course trying to keep it secret to avoid losing votes. To suggest that the Irish people somehow went looking for a pro-abortion Taoiseach is simply nonsense.

  18. Gosnell has an ally in this vomiting dog. Why don't you terminate your own life, Enda, before you make a decision about the lives of others? Well, all of you abortniks and deathniks just jump under a speeding train, since you love death so much. Or are you too scared of it? Repentance and begging mercy from the Almighty is always an easier alternative.

  19. Alphonsus, Jr,

    Were your sentiment true, then Christ would have wiped out the whole human race at his coming and started over. Thankfully for us, he decided that He could save even the most hopeless cases.

  20. Yes Odysseus, we all are that one lost sheep, but once you've taken the life away, there's nothing more you can take. Besides that we are dealing with reprobates, who don't take no for an answer.


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