Massachusetts Attorney General “TV Tom” Reilly has stepped into the middle of the Boston parish closing process. His office is overseeing the disposition of restricted gifts to now-closed parishes. Under Massachusetts law, any gift to a non-profit charity given for a specific purpose must be used for that purpose. With the parishes closing, any gifts given to those parishes for a specific purpose, like an organ fund, must either be returned or the donor can re-direct, if the donor is still around, or re-directed under the attorney general’s oversight.
Reilly’s been looking for a way to get around the separation of church and state and get his hands into the Church for some time now. He likes to get involved in big public disputes in order to get face time on TV and burnish his resume for an eventual run at higher office. When the Red Sox were sold, he stuck his nose into their charitable foundation, presumably to make sure the new owners kept giving away as much money as before. And he was also high-profile in the Microsoft case, looking like he was running the company hard for being a monopoly, but when the case lost its luster, he let them go with a slap on the wrist.