Burke v. O’Malley

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Wow. That Archbishop Burke should rally the troops against Cardinal O’Malley’s presiding at Sen. Kennedy’s funeral is, as David Gibson writes, “remarkable.” The occasion–an annual gala for Catholic conservatives–was not exactly public, but the semi-official report on it from Deal Hudson–no Randall Terry he–would not have been made without Burke’s assent.

What we’re seeing looks like nothing less than a slow march to civil war among the Catholic hierarchs–extending all the way to the Vatican. Where Pope Benedict stands is a good question, but it’s fair to wonder whether what’s going on is a weakish octogenarian pontiff, not long in office, losing his grip.