I was thinking recently about the many excellent lectures I've attended in the past three or four year in Boston. I've heard Bat Ye'or, Robert Spencer, Caroline Glick, and now Wafa Sultan and Mark Steyn. They have all given fascinating, provocative lectures on what's going on in the world, especially the rise in Islamic fundamentalism, and the threats to Christians, Jews and Muslims by radical Islamists in the Middle East and now South East Asia. Where have I heard all of them speak? In Jewish temples in the Boston area. Why don't Catholic churches ever host speakers like these folks?
Where are the lectures about our history, about the persecution of Christians in the modern world, about modern day slavery? Why do I have to look outside my own church to get information on the plight of the few remaining Christians in the Holy Land? Instead, we're permanently sidetracked with pedophile priests and parish reorganizations, and now a priest who stalked Conan O'Brien!
Why is it that Pope Benedict and the Vatican cardinals can speak bluntly about the lack of religious freedom in the Middle East and call for freedom of religion in Saudi Arabia, but our Cardinal Sean O'Malley is silent on the subject?
Why has the Archdiocese of Boston said not one peep about the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) lawsuit saga, about their new new mosque built with significant Saudi funding and with Saudi trustees? Does the Archdiocese have any concern that the recent spokesman for the ISB is a former Catholic? Think of the symbolism of that. Does the Archdiocese really want the only Catholic person seen in the media commenting on the ISB case to be the extravagantly liberal Fr. Raymond Helmick?