Slowly but surely all those pro-family, pro-life Massachusetts Democrats we were supposed to be excited about all these years have shown their true colors. Their positions were nothing more than political expediency. When Christ’s teachings communicated through the Church mattered to Catholic voters and they voted accordingly, then you saw even some Mass. Democrats holding decidely conservative positions, at least on social issues. But no longer.
I recall that when I used to criticize former House Speaker Tom Finneran for his liberalism, older Catholics, among them many devout people, corrected me and warned that despite some liberal positions he was a stalwart on stuff that mattered to the Church. (I guess impoverishing the middle class through high taxes and overregulation doesn’t matter to the Church.) Of course, that all changed as he was leaving office and wanted a job working for the biotechnology industry. Suddenly, he saw the light (and the dollar signs) and became pro-embryonic stem cell research.
Likewise, Sen. Marian Walsh was considered a reliable Catholic stalwart, pro-life, pro-family, and so on. Not anymore. After the Scandal broke and Voice of the Faithful rose up and certain political liberals saw the influence of the Church waning among Catholic voters, she saw that attacking the Church would play better among her Catholic constituents.
John Rogers hops the face to the pro-gay marriage side