Bishop Joseph Gerry of Portland, Maine and Father Jerry Gosselin

Are today’s winners of the “Defender Against the Oppressed” Award! To paraphrase you, padre: “”Wait till the Lord hears about this, you’re finished.”

Was the aborted baby photo out of line before Mass? Yeah. But the draconian response–”[the abortion protestor] was issued an order barring him from the church for a year”–is way the hell out of line. More tender pastoral care for child abusers (of which abortion is the most violent form). Guess that’s part of the clerical culture up in Maine too. In case you are interested in letting the good bishop know what you think of such draconian measures, here’s the link to the Comments site for his office.