O’Malley wrote on his blog post Wednesday that he disagreed “in the strongest terms” with those who argued that Kennedy did not deserve a Catholic funeral.
O’Malley’s reproach to his zealous critics was broad, not narrowly defensive of his action:
At times, even in the Church, zeal can lead people to issue harsh judgments and impute the worst motives to one another. These attitudes and practices do irreparable damage to the communion of the Church. If any cause is motivated by judgment, anger or vindictiveness, it will be doomed to marginalization and failure.
That does not mean this debate is somehow simple, as tmatt reminds us, nor all of its origins obvious. But the authority of the call for moderation is increasingly clear.
It was intended to be primarily “remedial:” Requiring the online cessation of speech “likely expose identifiable groups to ‘hatred or contempt.’”