Thursday, November 24, 2005

Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley - Diocese of Boston, MA

Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley has canceled plans to attend the annual Christmas dinner for Catholic Charities next month because the event is honoring Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a supporter of Catholic Charities who has also been an outspoken advocate of abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

O'Malley's decision came after a conservative Catholic group, the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, called on Roman Catholics to boycott the fund-raiser to send a message that Catholic leaders in public office should not be honored if they ignore the Vatican's teachings on major social issues.

Source: O'Malley won't attend charities' dinner, by Michael Levenson and Charles A. Radin. Boston Globe Nov. 24, 2005.