The Boston Catholic Church 's Power

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The word power is a term that has various different meanings philosophically, socially, religiously, etc., which is why it is crucial to define it before discussing the Boston Catholic Church’s power. Power is defined in various ways, but the definition that is utilized in this essay is when “an individual or institution [has] the ability to achieve something, whether by right or by control or influence. [It] is the ability to mobilize economic, social, or political forces in order to achieve a result.” It is also important to understand power in the terms of effect and affect. Some may argue that in order for something to have power, the institution or person must have the ability to both effect and affect, affect meaning to have an…show more content…
The Boston Catholic Church’s dangerous employment of power prevented justice and instead allowed for the growth in number of churches and children that were exposed to the sexually abusive priests through the concealment of the abuse.
The menacing power that the Boston Catholic Church practiced pre-2002 period while the sexual abuse took place traces back to its long history. Its history reveals that the church did not always possess a lot of power or acquire a lot of prominence, but as the make up of the population changed through immigration, so did the church’s influence, power, and prominence within the Boston society. The Massachusetts Bay colony during the mid 1700s was a largely Puritan based community where Roman Catholics did not have much influence socially or politically. Roman Catholics were not allowed to hold any positions within the Massachusetts public office, placing limitations on their ability to grow in power. However, as Irish people began to immigrate to the US and inhabit the Massachusetts area, “the number of Irish Catholics in Boston had risen to some two thousand by 1820, to more than five thousand by 1825, and to just past the seven thousand mark by 1830.” The Catholic population slowly began to compete against the Protestant population for power in Boston. By the mid 1850s, Catholics began to exercise political
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