Sunday, January 18, 2004

Here's a story on the Catholic Church and politics in Boston.

Important to note is this quote:

"He tried to use his position for political purposes whenever he felt moral issues were at stake," said Boston College university historian Thomas H. O'Connor. "But he was in a different climate. By the time Law came in, Catholics were more sophisticated, better educated, and of a higher socioeconomic bracket, and they were less inclined to take religious dictates at face value."

One might interpret this statement as "Catholics are less Catholic now." Instead, I'd say that this is a matter of Catholics choosing to remain Catholic despite differences because there's something they still like, whether it be social networks or ethical instincts.

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