In both English and Spanish, state Rep. Adrian Madaro (D-East Boston) issued a statement this afternoon:
I’ve heard from members of our community about remarks made by a priest during mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Church last Sunday that were disparaging toward Colombian residents of East Boston. I am appalled at the nature of these comments, and disappointed in their use by a leader of faith. I have a deep appreciation for constituents of all backgrounds and identities. This diversity is a great and defining characteristic of East Boston, and all residents should know that they are represented equally by my office and should feel safe and welcome contacting me for assistance and support.
Madaro did not specify what was said. The church offers two masses in Spanish on Sundays, in addition to one in English (additional masses in English are offered on Saturdays).