May 5, 2023

Boston Herald columnist and talk radio shock jock Howie Carr has mocked the Catholic religion, again.

In a March 31st column criticizing Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry, Carr compared carbon off-sets to the Catholic practice of granting indulgences to the faithful, where a portion of the temporal punishment of sin is remitted for performing an act of piety or charity.

Carr called indulgences a “religious scam, a clerical grift” that involved “paying off some priest…”

This is not Carr’s first descent into crude anti-Catholicism. He has a long, loathsome and disreputable history of Catholic bashing. As with this recent column, his attacks on the Catholic Faith have been vicious and gratuitous.

On April 8, 1998—Wednesday in Holy Week—in response to a decision by the Red Sox to forgo alcohol sales in Fenway Park because Opening Day would fall on Good Friday, Carr hosted two segments on his radio program in which he invited listeners to comment on selling “Catholic Eucharists for $3.49 a bag,” as a substitute for beer. The result was a half hour of offensive slurs profaning the Blessed Sacrament.

In one particularly vile episode, later in 1998, in a conversation between Carr and his producer Doug Goudie, evidently intended to disparage Arabs, it was asserted that shepherds in the Middle East had bestial relations with the animals in their flocks.

Into this depraved subject the name of Saint Joseph—the Virgin Spouse of the Virgin Mother of God—was introduced. Saint Joseph, the Foster Father of Our Savior, was then misidentified as a shepherd.

Though perceived by many as conservative, Carr has indulged in a malevolent, career-long obsession with vilifying the characters and destroying the reputations of Catholic political figures who have defended the right to life.

The targets of Carr’s venomous calumnies have included Massachusetts Senate President William M. Bulger, Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas F. Finneran, the late State Representative James J. Craven, Jr., and most recently, former Massachusetts Republican State Committee Chairman James J. Lyons, Jr.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Howie Carr’s contempt for the Catholic Faith is manifest, impenitent and longstanding.”

“No one should be deceived by the conservative noises which Howie Carr makes to market himself. Profit and personal animus, rather than conviction, seem to be the driving motivators in his predatory career.”

“Real conservatives, conservative Christians, at least, do not advocate the sterilization of welfare recipients. They do not deride the children of the poor, born to mothers on public assistance, as ‘little bastards.'”

“They do not insult religious leaders, calling them ‘Bulger rump swabs,’ and they do not ridicule the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.”

“The Catholic Action League has been warning Massachusetts Catholics and conservatives about Howie Carr since the 1990’s. Carr’s multiple, vindictive, unwarranted and obnoxious attacks on Jim Lyons have accelerated the learning curve in this matter.”

“Like the old Supreme Court definition of obscenity, the toxic media presence of Howie Carr has absolutely no redeeming social value. Conservatives should abandon this un-Christian and uncharitable demagogue, who has demonstrated, treacherously, his unhesitating willingness to betray those who imagined, naively, that he was their ally.”


  1. For Howie, it is all about three people him, him, and him. When Jeff Kuhner came to Boston, jealous Howie paid an investigator to gather info on him. After three weeks, the PI reported there was nothing negative to report. Probably broke Howie’s heart.

    Now he has a clone, Grace Curley, who first began her entertainment show with “like her grandfather” alluding to James Michael Curley the late Boston mayor and felon. Now she uses “her adoptive grandfather”. Apparently she thinks it’s acceptable to use a felon as the intro. What is she saying? Hmmm – Amazing.

    The big difference between Howie and Jeff is the latter puts his political position in to action and supports those who do such a Geof Diehl and Jim Lyons. While Howie supports those who have done nothing beyond their own benefit such as Chris Doughty. It’s the old adage of “Birds of a feather flock together.” As Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruit”, and “Out of the heart the mouth speaks.”

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