Archbishop Takes Swipe At Church-State Separation

Politicians who refuse to create laws reflecting church doctrine too often\n use the separation of church and state as an excuse, claimed Boston Archbishop\n Sean P. O’Malley in an October sermon.

Offering a homily at the Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington,\n D.C., O’Malley decried today’s lawmakers who refuse to shape law\n based on church dogma and blamed the First Amendment doctrine of church-state\n separation as part of the problem.

“Too often when politicians agree with the church’s position\n on a given issue they say the church is prophetic and should be listened to,\n but if the church’s position does not coincide with theirs, then they\n scream separation of church and state,” declared O’Malley during\n the annual mass for members of the judiciary.

O’Malley bemoaned today’s culture, describing it as “addicted\n to entertainment and obsessed with celebrities who have replaced our heroes\n and who hold up to our young people the false ideal of a chaotic, self-absorbed\n existence in frenzied pursuit of money, fame and pleasure.”

The archbishop, who earlier in the year said lawmakers supportive of reproductive\n rights should not seek communion, urged the audience, which included Supreme\n Court Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, “to\n help rebuild consensus around” certain “foundational principles\n necessary for democracy,” such as “the inalienable right to life.”