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CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS

FOUNDED 1995

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Walter L. Almond
Hon. William M. Bulger
Hon. Dr. David F. Constantine
Hon. Francis X. Coppinger
Helen T. Jackson, M. D.
Philip F. Lawler
Hon. William E. Melahn

FOUNDERS

Hon. John F. Collins+
H.E. Edward J. King+
Hon. Joseph R. Nolan+
Dr. Joseph R. Stanton+

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

William Cotter
Joseph M. Cunningham
Gregory M. Dunn
Andrea Griffin Holmes
Frederick D. Long, Jr.
Susan C. Gallagher Long
John J. MacIsaac+
Michael A. McDonald

OFFICERS

Frederick M. Kelley,
Chairman of the Board

Robert P. Largess,
Vice-Chairman

William P. Monahan, Esq.
Secretary

Dr. Vincent Pattavina
Treasurer

C. Joseph Doyle
Executive Director

Joseph B. Craven, Jr.
Executive Secretary

 

 


ACTION ALERT!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

PROTEST EMILY ROONEY’S SLANDER OF PADRE PIO

Last Friday, while faithful Catholics were venerating a relic of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina — Padre Pio — at Holy Cross Cathedral, Emily Rooney, the host of Beat the Press on Boston’s taxpayer supported public television station, WGBH, was delivering a mean–spirited, anti–Catholic harangue, defaming the saint on her program.

“Yes! Yes! He was a charlatan!” she declaimed, slandering the saint, whose name she kept mispronouncing as “Pio Padre.” Rooney went on to compare Catholic belief in the efficacy of relics to spiritualist séances, conducted by fraudulent “mediums” who seek to separate the gullible from their money.

Rooney kept intoning “We need more healthy skepticism” and that it is “up to us,” meaning the media, to promote that. Rooney was, apparently, aroused by a Boston Globe article which quoted a detractor of the saint, but was otherwise, to Rooney’s predilections, insufficiently critical of the Catholic practice of venerating relics.

There was no public controversy here over a divisive issue. Rooney launched a gratuitous and bigoted assault on Catholic beliefs and sensibilities because our immemorial devotional practices offended her intolerant, atheistic materialism. She called for skepticism, but there was nothing questioning or skeptical about her outright and unreserved condemnation of Catholicism’s most beloved modern saint.

Please contact WGBH and let them know how outraged you were by Emily Rooney's contemptuous and unjust slander of Padre Pio.

You may email WGBH at: WGBHNews@wgbh.org. You may also contact Jeff Keating, managing editor of WGBH News at 617-300-2539. You may contact Emily Rooney directly at greaterboston@wgbh.org.

Catholics should not remain silent in the face of this unprovoked insult to one of our greatest modern saints — yet another example of Catholic bashing in the media. Please contact WGBH today, and please forward this Action Alert to your family and friends.

Padre Pio, pray for us!


NEWS RELEASE

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE REBUKES EMILY ROONEY FOR DEFAMING SAINT PADRE PIO

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized public television host Emily Rooney for claiming that Padre Pio — Catholicism’s most popular modern saint — was a "charlatan."

Rooney, a former network television producer, moderates a weekly, half-hour discussion program, Beat the Press, where she and four panelists, usually a mix of columnists and professors of journalism, analyze news coverage of local and national events. The program is broadcast on Boston’s WGBH-TV, the so-called flagship station of the Public Broadcasting System.

In the days prior to last Friday’s program, the news media in Massachusetts printed and aired numerous stories about the thousands of Catholics who were standing in line to venerate a relic of Saint Padre Pio at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and at two other churches in the Archdiocese of Boston.

In the final segment of Friday night’s Beat the Press, entitled Rants & Raves, Rooney cited, approvingly, a Boston Globe article which quoted a detractor of Padre Pio, who asserted that the beloved saint was a charlatan.

She then launched into a sputtering diatribe against "the alleged saint" declaiming "Yes!Yes! He was a charlatan." Rooney attempted to cheapen Catholic belief in the efficacy of relics by comparing it to séances — notorious hoaxes where spiritualist mediums are paid sums of money by gullible victims trying to communicate with the dead.

Rooney twice mispronounced the saint’s name, calling him "Pio Padre," and referred, derisively, to the reliquary containing the saint’s heart as "a little jar." Compounding insult with absurdity, Rooney actually claimed that she spoke with "a well informed Catholic" who said she "never heard of Padre Pio," but was "humiliated" by public devotion to the saint.

Rooney kept intoning that "healthy skepticism" was needed, and that it is "up to us," meaning the media, to provide that. Unitarian Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University added: "What a bizarre story," while Jon Keller of WBZ-TV then made a joke about séances.

Apparently, the exotic rituals of the aboriginal Catholics were a source of smirking amusement for the entire panel.

Saint Padre Pio, (1887-1968), was a Capuchin friar and Catholic priest from Italy who dedicated himself to a ministry of reconciling sinners in the confessional. Penitents marveled at his spiritual direction, including his ability to read souls. Like the founder of his religious family, Saint Francis of Assisi, Padre Pio was gifted with the Stigmata — the five wounds of Christ. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

The Catholic Action League called Rooney’s boorish remarks "the arrogant bigotry of an elitist snob who enjoys a taxpayer subsidized platform to ventilate her crude prejudices against Catholics."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "It’s great to be a host on public television. Emily Rooney, who, prior to this, never heard of Padre Pio, couldn’t pronounce his name, and probably, could not tell you what century he lived in, can decide, based on one newspaper story, that a canonized saint, revered by millions, was a fraud. The only thing fraudulent here, of course, are Rooney’s pretensions to be a fair minded journalist."

"Rooney preaches skepticism, but doesn’t practise it. Her peremptory and denunciatory dismissal of Padre Pio, without even a cursory examination of his life and works, and without a single word in his favor, suggests not skepticism, but a mind firmly closed on the subject."

"Rooney’s gratuitous insults to Padre Pio, and the her callous contempt for the sensibilities of Catholics, comes as no surprise. She seems to be taking a page out of the book of her old boss, the late Peter Jennings of ABC News, who used his network’s coverage of the funeral of Mother Teresa of Calcutta to introduce as a guest Christopher Hitchens, who reviled that saint as corrupt. Rooney’s call for the media to debunk Catholic religious beliefs tells us all we need to know."

"Rooney — who no one would mistake for a member of Mensa — has a history of antipathy to Catholicism. She has repeated, on numerous occasions, the old 1960’s era fatuousness about Catholic teaching on contraception contributing to the overpopulation crisis. Evidently, no one has told her about the demographic winter."

"In this case, Rooney’s dogmatic disbelief recoiled at the very idea of belief in a supernatural order, and the rejection of her materialist worldview, which that belief would entail. It would seem that secularism, too, has its intolerant fundamentalists."


NEWS RELEASE

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE MOURNS THE DEATH OF PAUL LIKOUDIS

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts is today mourning the untimely death of one of the most valiant exponents of the Catholic Faith of our generation, Paul Likoudis, who died, after a long battle with cancer, on September 22nd. He was sixty-one.

Paul was the News Editor of The Wanderer from 1990 to 2014, where his authoritative and meticulously researched chronicles of malfeasance, mendacity and heterodoxy in high places in American Catholicism were mandatory reading for both loyal Catholics in the United States and concerned curial officials in Vatican City. A vigorous and relentless opponent of modernism and corruption in the Church, many of his findings were published in his 2002 book, Amchurch Comes Out.

As a Catholic journalist and historian, Paul Likoudis had a well deserved reputation for being honest, fearless, lucid, and orthodox. His range of writings included American Church history, just war ethics, and the neglected treasure of Catholic social justice teachings. A prolific writer and an erudite scholar, he was a disciple of Hilaire Belloc. He once told me he had studied more than eighty of Belloc’s works.

Paul Likoudis was an old friend. He possessed, in abundance, both the Theological Virtue of Faith, and the Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude. He understood that he was a member of the Church Militant. His death is a grave loss for the cause of Catholicity in America. He will be grievously missed.

The Catholic Action League wishes to extend its heartfelt condolences to his wife, Paulette, to his children, and to his entire family.

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen. Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. Amen.

“It is therefore, a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they might be loosed from sins.” (2 Maccabees 12:46)


NEWS ANALYSIS

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CARL ANDERSON TO PRO-ABORTION CATHOLIC POLS:
RESIGN FROM OFFICE!
(BUT STAY IN THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS)

In an article in The Hill, Carl Anderson, the leader of America’s largest Catholic organization, the Knights of Columbus, has called upon Catholic elected officials who support legal abortion — despite their personal views — to resign from public office.

Anderson urged them to embrace what he described as “the John F. Kennedy option,” invoking the words of JFK in his September, 1960 speech before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. There, the then presidential candidate told the Protestant gathering “... if the time should ever come — and I do not concede any conflict to be remotely possible — when my office would require me to either violate my conscience or violate the national interest, then I would resign the office; and I hope any conscientious public servant would do likewise.”

Anderson added: “Let’s hope today’s public servants become that conscientious.”

Curiously, Anderson avoided any mention of the far more attainable objective of just persuading them to resign from the Knights of Columbus. For more than three decades, faithful Catholics from across the United States, including numerous members of Anderson’s organization, have decried the scandal of the Knights of Columbus providing safe harbor to Catholic politicians who support abortion.

In Massachusetts, repeated efforts to remove such politicians met with unrelenting resistance from the Knights of Columbus State Council, with the connivance of the Archdiocese of Boston. These efforts ended, effectively, in May of 2010, when Anderson’s General Counsel, John A. Marrella, decreed that “... a subordinate council may not impose fraternal discipline with respect to a public figure’s official actions on matters pertaining to faith and morals. Rather, any such discipline must be made by or at the direction of the Supreme Board of Directors, which will consider the prudence of addressing the conduct of the public figure in light of the overall good of the Order.”

The references to “prudence” and the “overall good of the Order” were widely interpreted, at the time, to mean the importance of protecting the tax exempt status and the insurance business of the Knights of Columbus.

In the forty-three years since Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Board of Directors has never, to public knowledge, removed a single pro-abortion political figure from the Knights of Columbus.

Continued membership is not the only benefit afforded abortion advocates by the Knights of Columbus. Despite paper policies to the contrary, local councils of the Knights have, on numerous occasions, provided facilities to politicians who reject Catholic teaching on the sanctity of innocent human life.

Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark — a nominal Catholic endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America — celebrated her primary election victory on October 16, 2013, at Melrose Council 128 of the Knights of Columbus. This occurred during Anderson’s tenure as Supreme Knight.

Under Anderson, the Knights also made the decision to fund the liberal Catholic website Crux, where the right to life cause has been criticized and vilified. In a July 25th interview with Charles Camosy of Crux, Kristen Day of Democrats for Life — an organization which does not oppose contraception — asserted that the pro-life movement still has “a lot of hate.” Indeed, Camosy has just authored a piece rebuking Anderson himself as “absolutely incorrect” in claiming Catholics have a moral obligation to vote against pro-abortion candidates.

Anderson’s article is also problematic in as much as he misrepresents Catholic beliefs about abortion. In an untenable effort to reconcile American polling data with Catholic moral teachings, and give the Church’s defense of life the color of majority rule, Anderson makes the unsupportable claim that the Catholic position on abortion is that it ought to be “substantially restricted.”

It is improbable that Pius XI, who wrote in his encyclical, Casti Connubii, that “God is the Judge and Avenger of innocent blood, which cried from earth to heaven,” had intended the mere restriction of that which he described as “the direct killing of the innocent.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “If hypocrisy was an Olympic event, Carl Anderson would win the gold. He suggests that pro-abortion Catholic politicians should resign from office, knowing perfectly well that no one will follow his advice, but refuses to do the one thing that is within his power to accomplish — which is to expel them from the ranks of his own organization.”

“Anderson’s empty gesture insults the intelligence of pro-life Catholics, who have, for decades, watched with disgust while the Knights retained among their members politicians who worked against the Faith and the common good, opposed Divine and natural law, and committed repeated aggressions against the consciences and the constitutional rights of Catholics.”

“Given Anderson’s longstanding refusal to remove abortion proponents, his failure to effectively enforce prohibitions against facility rentals, his subsidy of Crux, and his talk about polls, one might be forgiven for speculating that his election year posturing has more to do with Republican politics than pro-life principles. Anderson, a longtime Republican, held various positions in the Executive Office of the President under Ronald Reagan. Anderson’s likely target appears to be flip-flopping Vice-Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, one of the dwindling number of Democrats prepared to admit even the most minimal private reservations to the public funding of abortion.”

“If Carl Anderson is serious about combating the mass killing of the innocent unborn, he should remove all pro-abortion office holders and political candidates from the Knights of Columbus, ensure that existing bans on hall rentals are consistently enforced, and de-fund Crux. If he is unwilling to formally expel anyone, then, perhaps, he could just ask them to resign. Call it ‘the Anderson option.’”


MEMBER ADVISORY

MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

Please pray for the repose of the soul of James S. DiPerri of South Boston, who died on August 4th. A Christian gentleman and a longstanding member of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, Mr. DiPerri is the father of our old friend, Reverend James M. DiPerri, Pastor of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish in Waltham.

James DiPerri is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-three years, Mrs. Mary (Curran) DiPerri. In addition to Father DiPerri, he leaves his daughters, Noreen Tolosky and Mary Theresa DiPerri, his son-in-law, Mark Tolosky, and his grandchildren, Matthew and Patrick Tolosky.

Mr. DiPerri will be waked on Thursday, August 11th, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Saint Brigid’s Church, 845 East Broadway, South Boston, and again in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham, on Friday, August 12th, from 4 to 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by his son and namesake, Father DiPerri, at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 13th, in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church. Internment will be in Saint Bernard’s Cemetery, Concord.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they might be loosed from sins.” — 2 Maccabees 12:46


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

AUGUST 7, 2016

Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
P. O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

To the Editor:

In his third Globe column criticizing Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, Kevin Cullen asserted that Tobin had “decreed” that former congressman Patrick Kennedy should be “denied” Communion because of Kennedy’s support for abortion, (Judge not lest ye be judged, 8/2/2016).

Tobin did nothing of the sort. In a private letter in 2007, he advised Kennedy, “I believe it is inappropriate for you to be receiving Holy Communion and I now ask, respectfully, that you refrain from doing so.”

More than two years later, in the middle of the Obamacare debate, Kennedy recklessly claimed that Tobin had instructed priests of the Diocese of Providence to withhold the sacrament from him. Unavailable for interviews after making this charge, Kennedy never produced any evidence to substantiate his allegation.

No priest, deacon or Eucharistic minister could ever be found who received such an instruction, and no media organization ever confirmed Kennedy’s story, which Tobin called “absolutely inaccurate.”

In his determination to deride Tobin, Cullen, who should have known better, repeated a baseless accusation, which never had any credibility.

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

Attention: Matthew Bernstein


ACTION ALERT UPDATE!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

NO VOTE ON HOUSE BILL 4392

On July 31st, the Massachusetts House of Representatives concluded its formal session for 2016 without bringing to the floor for a vote House Bill 4392, which, if enacted and signed into law by the governor, would have repealed the last remaining prohibitions against sodomy, adultery, and fornication in the General Laws of the Commonwealth.

The Catholic Action League wishes to extend its thanks to all of its members and supporters who took the time to contact House Speaker Robert DeLeo, House Minority Leader Bradley Jones, and their own state representatives, and express their opposition to this malign measure.

One of our members did report however, that an aide to Speaker DeLeo suggested that the bill would come up in September, which means in an informal session, on a voice vote, without a roll call — a tawdry tactic, but one not unknown in recent years to the Massachusetts Legislature.

The Catholic Action League will continue to monitor this issue and keep its members informed.


ACTION ALERT!!

SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

DEFEND TRADITIONAL MORALITY, OPPOSE HOUSE BILL 4392!

Because so many members of the General Court were away this week at the Democratic National Convention, the Massachusetts Legislature will close out its 2016 session with a special weekend sitting of the House and the Senate today, July 30th, and tomorrow, July 31st.

One of the proposed laws which may emerge from the Committee on Third Readings is a pernicious measure sponsored by Representative Byron Rushing, (D-Boston), House Bill 4392, which would repeal the remaining prohibitions in the General Laws of the Commonwealth against adultery, fornication, and sodomy — “the abominable and detestable crime against nature.” This repeal is a longstanding objective of homosexual activists in Massachusetts.

The bill would also remove the designation of “subversive” from the Communist Party, at a time when the so-called RevComs — Revolutionary Communists — are protesting alongside elements of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Although these laws are no longer enforced, they have significant symbolic value. The law is a teacher, from whom many in society learn what is right from what is wrong. Passage of this secularist measure would erase, in matters of sexual ethics, the last vestiges of Biblical morality and natural law in the criminal statutes of Massachusetts, completing the process of de-Christianization.

Please contact House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones and urge them to stop this proposed legislation from being rushed through at the end of the legislative session!

You may reach Speaker DeLeo by telephone at 617-722-2500, or by email at Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov. Representative Jones may be reached at 617-722-2100 and at Bradley.Jones@mahouse.gov.

You may find the telephone number and email address of your own state representative by going to https://malegislature.gov.

Thank you.


MEDIA UPDATE

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle was recently interviewed for the satellite Catholic radio program Reconquest, which is hosted by Brother Andre Marie, M.I.C.M., the Superior of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Richmond, New Hampshire. The topic of the discussion was the moral implications and social consequences of contraception, and its connection to abortion.

The program will air on the Veritas Radio Network, this Wednesday, June 8th, at 8pm EDT. If you would like to listen to this informative presentation of Catholic teaching, please click on to the following link at air time.

https://reconquest.net/2016/06/04/episode-27-contracepting-heaven-and-earth-guest-c-j-doyle

MEDIA ADVISORY

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE AND OPERATION RESCUE: BOSTON WILL PROTEST HONOR TO SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN AT BOSTON COLLEGE LAW SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT

Tomorrow, Friday, May 27th, the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts will join Operation Rescue: Boston in protesting the decision of Jesuit administered Boston College Law School to present U. S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) as the principal speaker at the school’s 2016 Commencement Exercises.

In their statement, Catholics in Political Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said: "The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions."

Shaheen is a proponent of legal abortion, partial birth abortion, publicly funded abortion, birth control, federal "family planning" programs, same gender so-called marriage, embryonic stem cell research, taxpayer subsidies of Planned Parenthood, U.S. support of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), and the HHS mandate forcing employers, including religious institutions, to pay for abortifacient drugs, contraceptives and sterilizations. Endorsed by Emily’s List, she has a 100% rating from both the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Boston College Law School — a nominally Catholic institution — has invited a pro-abortion political figure to serve as commencement speaker.

Pro-Life Catholics from the two organizations will be present tomorrow on Beacon Street, near the entrance to Conte Forum, close to the boundary of Boston and Newton, from 8:30 AM TO 10:00 AM.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "No rational person could reasonably be expected to take seriously Catholic opposition to abortion when one of America’s leading Catholic law schools provides an honor and a platform to a political figure who has spent her entire elected career working against the Catholic Faith on this issue. This selection represents a de facto disavowal of Catholic moral teachings, a callous repudiation of the orthodox founders of Boston College Law School, a calculated betrayal of the faithful Catholics who labor in the pro-life movement, and a deplorable abandonment of the innocent unborn."


ACTION ALERT!

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE WILL JOIN OPERATION RESCUE: BOSTON IN PROTESTING SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN AT BC LAW SCHOOL

On Friday morning, May 27th, the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts will join with Operation Rescue: Boston in protesting the decision of Jesuit administered Boston College Law School to present U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) as the principal speaker at the school’s 2016 Commencement Exercises.

Shaheen is a proponent of legal abortion, partial birth abortion, publicly funded abortion, birth control, federal “family planning” programs, same gender so-called marriage, embryonic stem cell research, taxpayer subsidies of Planned Parenthood, U.S. support of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), and the HHS mandate forcing employers, including religious institutions, to pay for abortifacient drugs, contraceptives and sterilizations. Endorsed by Emily’s List, she has a 100% rating from both the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Boston College Law School — a nominally Catholic institution — has invited a pro-abortion political figure to serve as commencement speaker.

TIME: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

LOCATION: Entrance to Alumni Stadium and Conte Forum on Beacon Street near the boundary of Boston and Newton.

Parking is limited. Some on-street parking might be available on the side streets off of Beacon Street.

If you are traveling by MBTA, the Chestnut Hill Station on the D branch (Riverside Line) of the Green Line is a half-mile walk on Hammond Street and Beacon Street. The terminal of the B branch (Boston College via Commonwealth Avenue Line) of the Green Line is a half-mile walk on Saint Thomas More Road, Chestnut Hill Drive, and Beacon Street.

Please join us on Friday morning to bear witness against this scandalous betrayal of our Faith, the pro-life movement, and the innocent unborn!


NEWS RELEASE

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CRITICIZES SETTLEMENT IN MATTHEW BARRETT V. FONTBONNE ACADEMY

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized the decision of Fontbonne Academy in Milton, the Catholic secondary school administered by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, to reach a legal settlement with Matthew Barrett, who was declined for the position of Food Services Director at the school after he lied in a job interview, and then revealed he had entered into a same gender civil "marriage."

In a July 9, 2013 interview at Fontbonne, Barrett---who had previously worked in the Milton Public Schools---responded affirmatively when told that all school employees were considered "ministers of the mission," and that he would be expected to model Catholic teachings and values. He then listed on an emergency contact form his so-called "husband."

When refused the position, Barrett sued the school for gender and sexual orientation discrimination in employment, and was represented by the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, (GLAAD).

In a December 16, 2015 decision for the plaintiff, Norfolk Superior Court Associate Justice Douglas H. Wilkins ruled that the Catholic school enjoyed no constitutional protections in this matter, and that neither the ministerial exception, nor the religious exemption to the 1989 Massachusetts "Gay Rights" law applied.

Fontbonne failed to appeal the decision, allowing it to stand, and, as part of the settlement, financially compensated Barrett.

The Catholic Action League called the school’s surrender "an act of appeasement which will have chilling implications for the religious freedom rights of Catholic institutions."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle commented: "If left unchallenged, this ruling will coerce Catholic institutions, in Massachusetts, at least, to hire those who not only reject Catholic moral teachings, but who believe those teachings to be bigotry, hatred and homophobia."

"More disturbingly, Judge Wilkins, in his decision, asserted that the ministerial exception extended only to the school’s administration, chaplaincy, and faculty of theology. Catholic education, however, involves teaching philosophy, history, ethics, social science, political science, and languages from a Catholic perspective. Now, under threat of civil penalties, Catholic schools may be compelled to hire and pay those who repudiate and despise that perspective to instruct Catholic students."

"Fontbonne’s decision is disappointing, but not surprising. For most Catholic preparatory schools, colleges and universities, fidelity to Catholic moral teachings comes in a distant third to institutional fundraising and fashionable, culturally conforming academic liberalism."

"Nonetheless, the silence of the Archdiocese of Boston, the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, and of Fontbonne Academy itself demonstrates an appalling lack of courage — or worse, an unconscionable lack of conviction — in the face of a calculated aggression against the constitutional rights of the Catholic community."

"The time has come for Catholics to cease drawing artificial distinctions between sexual orientation and sexual behavior, and between sexual orientation and same sex ‘marriage.’ As Judge Wilkins has lucidly pointed out, such attempts at middle ground are no longer sustainable."

Just as the American Civil Liberties Union is trying to destroy the Catholic hospital system by forcing Catholic institutions to perform abortions, GLAAD is attempting to destroy the Catholic school system by forcing Catholic institutions to engage practitioners of sodomy. We have entered an era of anti-Catholic totalitarianism. Meanwhile, our priests and prelates are seen smiling with quisling politicians who serve, aid and abet the persecutors of the Church.

Mayor Walsh and Cardinal O'Malley at Laboure banquet

ABOVE: Cardinal O’Malley with NARAL award recipient Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, who recently raised the "transgendered" flag over City Hall, and banned city travel to North Carolina because of that state’s refusal to admit grown men to girls rest facilities. Walsh, in violation of the Bishops’ statement Catholics in Political Life, was Co-Chairperson of a fundraiser at the Archdiocesan affiliated Laboure Center, where this photo was taken. In July, the Cardinal will lead a pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine at Knock, in Mayo, with Marty Walsh. Photo credit: southbostononline.com

ABOVE: “Men for Choice 2016” award recipient, Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, shown here at the NARAL Pro Choice Massachusetts event in February. Photo credit: Tania Barthelemy

Once “personally pro-life,” Walsh trumpets abortion rights credentials

By Joshua Miller GLOBE STAFF FEBRUARY 23, 2016

Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston recieved a “Men for Choice” award from an abortion rights group, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, Monday night at a cocktail reception on Beacon Hill with many top political leaders.

But back in 2001, when Walsh was a Dorchester state representative, he was quoted in the Boston Herald as saying he is “personally pro-life.”

Megan Amundson, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, said Walsh’s “position has changed over time.”

She explained that the group gives “this award to elected officials who take a real leadership role in protecting reproductive freedom. And he’s done that.”

Walsh, for his part, indicated he has indeed evolved on the issue in an interview with the Globe.

BOSTON GLOBE: Are you still personally pro-life?

MARTIN J. WALSH: I guess, at this point, I don’t even know what the context was in that article. I wouldn’t say I’m personally pro-life. I would just say I’m a pro-choice candidate, I’m a pro-choice mayor, I was a pro-choice legislator. What I mean by “personally pro-life” at the time was, like, I’m personally, my feelings personally, I guess, I believe in life. I don’t even know where I came up with that. But, since that time, as far as a legislator, I’ve always supported and voted for a woman’s right to choose. I’ve always supported legislation for a woman’s right to choose. And as mayor — I ran as an open, pro-choice candidate for mayor. If I ran for any higher office, I’m pro-choice. I would probably never use the word “personally pro-life” ever again.

GLOBE: OK.

WALSH: In 2001, that was kind of like a — I think a lot of legislators were trying to figure out where they were going with different things as they were moving forward and I think that you evolve over time. And so what that means: there’s really no such thing as personally pro-life.

GLOBE: There is. There are people who say, you know what, I’m Catholic and my Catholic faith says no to abortion, but, as a public official, I’m not going to do anything to change the status quo.

WALSH: Yeah, but I think you can get criticized for that statement today. In 2001, you would get criticized, but it was a little different. It’s like evolution. Things change over time. I think there’s clear lines today.

GLOBE: So you would no longer characterize yourself as “personally pro-life?”

WALSH: Yeah, I wouldn’t say that.

Mayor Walsh receiving 2014 Cardinal Cushing Award

ABOVE: 2014 Cardinal Cushing Award being presented to Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, by the Society of Saint James the Apostle. According to their web site, for more than twenty-five years “the Society has recognized notable figures from the Boston area for their humanitarian and philanthropic efforts by presenting them the Cardinal Cushing Award.”


NEWS RELEASE

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE WARNS OF DANGER TO RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS IN TAX CASE BEFORE SJC

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is warning of the danger to the economic autonomy of religious institutions in the Commonwealth because of a tax case being heard this morning before the Supreme Judicial Court. In Shrine of Our Lady of La Sallette v. Board of Assessors of Attleboro, the popular Catholic shrine — administered by the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Sallette — is appealing the decision of the City of Attleboro to levy property taxes on a portion of the land owned by the religious order.

Attleboro assessors claim that a visitors center and maintenance shed attached to the shrine are not being used for a religious purpose, and therefore, are not tax exempt. As the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board upheld the city’s claim, the case now goes before the state’s highest court.

The Catholic Action League is calling the city’s attempt to arbitrarily divide the shrine’s property for tax collection purposes "a novel and unheard of interpretation of law, which will result in a dangerous and unprecedented expansion of state power, allowing municipal bureaucrats to decide which portion of religiously owned land comprises part of a religious ministry."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "Chief Justice John Marshall famously warned that ‘the power to tax involves the power to destroy.’ If Attleboro prevails, then the tax exempt status of religious property, instead of being an insurmountable barrier against state interference — consistent with the free exercise guarantees found in both the U. S. and Massachusetts constitutions — will now become a point of negotiation between religious organizations and local government."

"Government will now have an economic incentive towards defining down religious activity to worship, imperiling the ability of religious institutions to carry on their charitable and other apostolates. The danger to religious freedom is manifest."

"Empowering local government officials to decide what constitutes part of a religious ministry is, precisely, the kind of slippery slope — 'excessive government entanglement' — with religion prohibited by the U. S. Supreme Court in Lemon v. Kurtzman. Historically, many Catholic monasteries have supported themselves by operating farms, dairies and vineyards. If these can now be taxed, then the government can, effectively, shut down entire religious institutions by destroying their economic viability."

"The Massachusetts Council of Churches is correct in its statement that ‘this conversation happens at the property line.’ The Supreme Judicial Court should find in favor of religious independence from state interference."


NEWS RELEASE

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CALLS UPON ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INITIATE HATE CRIMES INVESTIGATION IN VANDALISM OF CATHOLIC CHURCHES

Virgin Mary statue at Saint Catherine of Siena
parish, Norwood, MA. (Boston Globe photo)

Virgin Mary statue at Saint Margaret’s
parish, Burlington, MA. (CBS News photo)


The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today wrote to the Attorney General of the Commonwealth, Maura Healey, asking her to open a hate crimes investigation — under Chapter 265, Section 39 of the General Laws — regarding the ongoing vandalism of Catholic churches. Since December, four Catholic parishes in the Bay State have been the target of malicious property destruction of religious statues and stained glass windows by nocturnal vandals, three in the last six days alone.

  • On December 8th, a brick was hurled through a one hundred year old stained glass window depicting Saint Thomas Aquinas at Saint Edith Stein Parish in Brockton.
  • On March 25th, the evening of Good Friday, a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Norwood was doused in black paint and defaced with graffiti.
  • On March 27th, the evening of Easter Sunday, three statues, including one of Our Lady, were decapitated on the grounds of Saint Margaret’s Parish in Burlington. The statue of Our Lady also had its hands cut off, and rosaries were strewn on the ground.
  • On March 29th, a statue of the Virgin was decapitated at Saint Mary’s Parish in Billerica.

At least eight Catholic churches have been the object of violent depredations in Massachusetts since January of 2012. The targeting and the particular method of destruction of the representations of Our Lady, could suggest a possible occult or Satanic connection.

In his letter to the Attorney General, Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle stated: "The number and increasing frequency of these attacks upon Catholic churches, their malicious timing, coinciding with Catholic holy days, and the heartbreaking effects being suffered by the Catholic faithful, should not be treated by law enforcement as a mere accumulation of isolated incidents. As these criminal episodes have, in the past three months, occurred in Middlesex, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties, and in four different police jurisdictions, we urge the Attorney General’s Office to undertake an investigation of these acts of property destruction perpetrated against Catholic religious iconography, with a view to prosecute them as hate crimes."


LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL

March 31, 2016

The Honorable Maura T. Healey
Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Office of the Attorney General
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-1518

Dear Attorney General,

As you are probably aware, three Catholic Churches in Massachusetts, in the last six days, have been targets of vandalism — Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Norwood, Saint Margaret’s Parish in Burlington, and Saint Mary’s Parish in Billerica. In each incident, a statue of the Virgin Mary was either defaced or decapitated. A fourth parish, Saint Edith Stein in Brockton, suffered the loss of a stained glass window depicting Saint Thomas Aquinas, when a brick was hurled through it last December.

At least eight Catholic churches in the Commonwealth have been attacked since the beginning of 2012. In the last year in New England, these episodes have increased alarmingly. Nearby, across the border in Rhode Island, four Catholic churches in Providence, including the cathedral, were the objects of either graffiti or property destruction in the summer of 2015 alone.

Chapter 265, Section 39 (a) of the General Laws states: "Whoever commits an assault or a battery upon a person or damages the real or personal property of a person with the intent to intimidate such person because of such person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability shall be punished by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than two and a half years, or by both such fine and imprisonment."

The Hate Crimes Reporting Act of 1991, (Chapter 434 of the Acts of 1991/Chapter 22C, Section 32, MGL), even more broadly defines a hate crime as "any criminal act coupled with overt actions motivated by bigotry and bias including, but not limited to, a threatened, attempted or completed overt act motivated at least in part by racial, religious, ethnic, handicap, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation prejudice, or which otherwise deprives another person of his constitutional rights by threats, intimidation or coercion, or which seeks to interfere or disrupt a person’s exercise of constitutional rights through harassment or intimidation."

The number and increasing frequency of these attacks upon Catholic churches, their malicious timing, coinciding with Catholic holy days, and the heartbreaking effects being suffered by the Catholic faithful, should not be treated by law enforcement as a mere accumulation of isolated incidents. As these criminal episodes have, in the past three months, occurred in Middlesex, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties, and in four different police jurisdictions, we urge the Attorney General’s Office to undertake an investigation of these acts of property destruction perpetrated against Catholic religious iconography, with a view to prosecute them as hate crimes.

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com


NEWS RELEASE

SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CALLS FOR HATE CRIME INVESTIGATION IN CHURCH VANDALISM

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is calling upon the Norwood Police and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office to pursue a hate crime investigation following the desecration of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in the Town of Norwood. Sometime on the night of Good Friday — the most solemn day of the liturgical year — the statue, which is located on the lawn in front of the parish school, was doused in black paint and spray painted with graffiti. Initial reports indicate that the statue may be beyond repair.

Under Chapter 265, Section 39 (a) of the General Laws of the Commonwealth, property damage or destruction with the intent to intimidate because of a person’s religion shall be punished by imprisonment in a house of correction for up to two and a half years, or by a fine of up to $5,000, or both.

The Catholic Action League called the vandalism "a brazen and malicious crime, timed to inflict maximum emotional distress on the parishioners of Saint Catherine’s."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "There has been a disturbing number of attacks made against Catholic churches in New England in recent years. Just last December, a brick was hurled through a stained glass window depicting Saint Thomas Aquinas at Saint Edith Stein Parish in Brockton. The Town of Norwood, particularly, seems to have a troubling history of mayhem directed against Christian iconography. Nativity scenes in that town have been the object of repeated acts of vandalism."

"Whatever the motivation of the perpetrators, Catholics in Massachusetts have a constitutional right to observe Holy Week and celebrate Easter without being the target of destructive depredations at the hands of lawless thugs. Those responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."


NEWS RELEASE

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

MORE THAN 5,8OO CATHOLICS SIGN PETITION TO REMOVE SAINT PATRICK'S NAME FROM SOUTH BOSTON PARADE

As of this morning, more than 5,800 concerned Catholics have now signed the online petition — sponsored by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts and MassResistance — to remove the venerable name of Saint Patrick from the South Boston parade, which will be held tomorrow, on Palm Sunday.

The petition is a response to the decision by the parade organizers, the Allied War Veterans Council, to permit, for the second year in a row, two homosexual groups, OUTVETS and Boston Pride, to join the line of march.

Last year, under intense political pressure from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Congressman Stephen Lynch, a minority on the veterans council, led by Brian Mahoney and Edward Flynn, engineered a reversal of the principled, longstanding position of Council Commander John J. "Wacko" Hurley, who refused to allow any group hostile to traditional Catholic values to impose a discordant message on the parade.

Hurley, a Catholic daily communicant who died last November, won a 9 to 0 victory before the U. S. Supreme Court in June, 1995, in the landmark case of Hurley v. GLIB, which affirmed the right of parade organizers to control the content of their own parade.

The Catholic Action League is calling the presence of OUTVETS and Boston Pride "an affront to everything Saint Patrick believed in and struggled for throughout his life."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "The holy day of Saint Patrick is not celebrated to promote public acceptance of the mortal sin of sodomy or to legitimize other forms of behavior described by the Catechism as ‘grave depravity.’"

"OUTVETS and Boston Pride are not there to honor Saint Patrick for bringing the Catholic Faith to Ireland. They have nothing but contempt for the Catholic religion, express pride in rejecting its moral teachings, and castigate those who uphold Catholic morality as bigots and haters. They are shamelessly exploiting the name of a Catholic saint to advance their anti-Catholic ideology."

"Saint Patrick, in a single lifetime, converted an entire nation from Celtic paganism to Roman Catholicism. Homosexual activists, like those marching in the South Boston parade, want to reverse the achievement of Saint Patrick, de-Christianize our culture, and return society to a pre-Christian, neo-pagan morality."

"Since the members of the veterans council have, obviously, no remorse over their betrayal of their Faith, their heritage, and their late Council Commander, we hope they might, at least, have the simple human decency to heed the call of thousands of faithful Catholics, and disassociate the name of our patron saint from the pro-homosexual carnival which will take place in South Boston on Palm Sunday."


SAINT PATRICK’S DAY GREETINGS FROM THE CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS

THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

Perhaps nowhere else in Christendom can an entire nation and its vast diaspora of descendants trace their Catholic Faith and culture — and their prospects for eternal salvation — to a single saint. Our debt of gratitude to Saint Patrick is immense and unmeasurable.

Saint Patrick (+461) is the Apostle of Ireland and was the first bishop and archbishop of Armagh. He is also the principal patron saint of the Archdiocese of Boston.

The feast of Saint Patrick is not "a municipal festival," as one non-Catholic judge erroneously asserted during the Saint Patrick's Day parade case twenty-four years ago. Nor is it merely a communal celebration of ethnic pride, as one nominally Catholic ex-state senator tried to tell us.

We commemorate the feast of our patron saint because he brought the Catholic Faith to Ireland, delivering that nation, and us, from the darkness of paganism, and showing us the fountains "that rise in the heart of Our Savior above."

Only two Catholic organizations in Massachusetts in the last quarter of a century, the Immaculate Heart of Mary School and the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, have publicly defended the venerable name of our patron saint from sacrilegious exploitation and coarse trivialization by the enemies of Catholicity. The silence of our bishops, priests, deacons, and religious is a terrible betrayal, which speaks to cowardice, the loss of Faith, the desire for human respect, and the malign influence of effeminacy in the ranks of the Church.

As the contemporary forces of paganism continue their assault against the Christian character of March 17th, and attempt to deform our feast day, let us never forget that Saint Patrick’s Day is a Catholic holy day in honor of a Catholic Saint. Sancte Patrice, Ora pro nobis.

O God, You deigned to send Blessed Patrick, Your Confessor and Bishop, to preach Your glory to the Gentiles; grant by his merits and intercession, that those things which You command us to do, we may be enabled to accomplish by Your mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
 — Collect of the Feast of Saint Patrick from the Missal and Breviary of Saint Pius V

Once again, we are happy to present the good Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary School, who lightheartedly memorialized their departure from the South Boston parade with this melody to the air of "The Leaving of Liverpool," entitled "The Leaving of Boston."


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 16, 2016 — Published March 20

Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
P. O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

To the Editor:

How does The Boston Globe observe Saint Patrick’s Day? By publishing a revisionist polemic castigating Irish America for supporting Irish independence, authored by Ruth Dudley Edwards — an expatriate, Anglo-Irish apologist for the Orange Order, known for her scornful criticisms of Irish nationalism and Roman Catholicism, (How Americans pushed the Irish to war, 3/13/2016).

Predictably, Edwards accuses Irish-Americans of fomenting hatred, practicing armchair terrorism, and cementing the partition of Ireland. She fails to mention however, that prior to the Easter Rising of 1916, most Irish nationalists, including many in America, were committed to a path of peaceful, constitutional change within the United Kingdom, while northern Unionists, abetted by leaders of Britain’s Conservative Party, were preparing for armed revolt to stop home rule. It was not Irish America that introduced the gun into Irish politics.

What’s next? Perhaps a United Empire Loyalists view of the American Revolution, just in time for the Fourth of July?

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 16, 2016 — Published March 18

Letters
The Boston Herald
P. O. Box 55843
Boston, MA 02205-5843

To the Editor:

Attorney Chester Darling and Judge Richard Stearns are to be commended for upholding the First Amendment in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade case (PARADE MARCHES ON, 3/16/2016).

Many Catholics find it perplexing however, that the parade organizers, the Allied War Veterans Council, are willing to stand up to Mayor Marty Walsh on the issue of the parade route, while surrendering to Walsh on the far more serious matter of homosexual groups marching.

It is a pity that the Veterans Council did not show the same courage and determination in defending the Catholic character of Saint Patrick’s Day, that they did in insisting that the parade march past Dorchester Heights.

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com


ACTION ALERT UPDATE!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

TREMENDOUS RESPONSE TO ON-LINE PETITION

The on-line petition by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts and MassResistance to remove the name of Saint Patrick from the South Boston parade is generating a tremendous and growing response. As of this morning, more than 5,600 outraged Catholics have signed it, demanding that the organizers of the parade, the Allied War Veterans Council, stop profaning the venerable name of Saint Patrick by misusing it to provide a traditional veneer to the pro-sodomy carnival which will occur on Palm Sunday.

We wish to thank all of you who have signed, and encourage you to continue to urge your Catholic friends, families and neighbors to do so. As many of you have requested the telephone number and email address of the Veterans Council, we are happy to provide them below.

You may contact the Veterans Council by phone at 844-478-7287, or by email at southbostonparade@verizon.net. You may also contact parade organizer Tim Duross at timduross@msn.com.

The Catholic Action League has received disturbing reports of oafish responses to our petition, suggesting an anti-Catholic animus, from organizer Tim Duross, such as "Why don't you go see the movie Spotlight?" If Mr. Duross makes any invidious, anti-Catholic cracks in responding to your complaints about the misappropriation of Saint Patrick's name, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Yesterday, U. S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns overturned Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s decision to arbitrarily shorten the parade route, allegedly in the name of public safety. The members of the Veterans Council were rescued by one of the men they betrayed — Attorney Chester Darling, who delivered Wacko Hurley's great 9 to 0 victory before the Supreme Court. Congratulations to our old friend Chester for preserving the integrity of Hurley v. GLIB.

What does it say, however, about these nominally Catholic, Irish-American men of the Veterans Council, that they are willing to stand up to the Mayor of Boston about the parade route, while surrendering to him about the Catholic character of Saint Patrick’s Day? One understands why, during the Irish War of Independence, the old Irish Republican Army took such severe measures against Irish spies, traitors and informers. There were, obviously, so very many of them.


ACTION ALERT!

TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

URGE PARADE ORGANIZERS:
STOP DISHONORING SAINT PATRICK
SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION!!

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, in conjunction with Mass Resistance, is urging the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston — the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade — to remove the name of Saint Patrick from the event, as it no longer has any meaningful connection to the Catholic Religion of the Apostle of Ireland.

Having succumbed to political pressure orchestrated by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Congressman Stephen Lynch, a suborned minority on the Veterans Council has callously betrayed everything that the late John J. "Wacko" Hurley stood for and fought for, and has improvidently discarded his hard won 9 to 0 victory before the U. S. Supreme Court.

OUTVETS marching in the 2015 Boston Saint Patrick’s Parade.

As a result, two neo-pagan homosexual organizations will become permanent fixtures in a parade dedicated to the saint who delivered, in a single lifetime, an entire nation from the darkness of paganism. One group is OUTVETS, an organization contrived for the sole purpose of imposing itself on a parade in honor of a Catholic saint. The other group, Boston Pride, is the organizer of the city’s repulsive, pornographic "gay pride" parade.

Permitting homosexual groups to march destroys the traditional character of the parade, erases whatever remains of its Catholic identity, and reduces it to a secularized cultural carnival. It has also driven faithful Catholics away, including Immaculate Heart of Mary School, whose float of Saint Patrick blessing the children was, for two decades, the iconic image of the parade.

OUTVETS and Boston Pride have no interest in honoring Saint Patrick for bringing the Catholic Faith to Ireland. For them, Catholicism is an enemy to be defeated. They are exploiting the name of a Catholic saint to promote public acceptance of their sexual behavior and anti-Christian ideology.

It is impossible to honor Saint Patrick by showcasing those who not only express pride in rejecting the religion and morality of Saint Patrick, but who castigate those beliefs as bigotry, hatred, and homophobia.

Please join us in our on-line petition urging the Veterans Council to stop dishonoring Saint Patrick and remove his name from the anti-Catholic spectacle which will occur on March 20th — Palm Sunday!

If you want to defend the name of this glorious saint, which is being exploited and trivialized by the enemies of the Faith to legitimize the mortal sin of sodomy, please click on the link below.

Since our religious leaders are silent about this sacrilege against the principal patron saint of the Archdiocese of Boston, it is up to the Catholic laity to protect the good name of Saint Patrick!

Thank you.

Link to petition: http://citizengo.org/en/33430-stop-dishonoring-st-patrick


NEWS RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617)524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE URGES VETERANS COUNCIL TO DROP SAINT PATRICK’S NAME FROM SOUTH BOSTON PARADE

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is urging the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston — the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade — to remove the name of Saint Patrick from the event, as it no longer has any meaningful connection to the Catholic religion of the Apostle of Ireland.

A report in The Boston Globe this morning indicates that, for the second year in a row, in what will presumably become a permanent feature of the parade, two homosexual organizations, OUTVETS and Boston Pride, will be included in the line of march. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1992, characterizes homosexual behavior as "grave depravity."

The Catholic Action League is calling the participation of OUTVETS and Boston Pride "radically incongruent with a parade named in honor of a Catholic saint."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "Permitting homosexual groups to march deforms the traditional character of the parade, empties it of any remaining religious significance, and reduces it to a secularized cultural celebration. It has also driven Catholic groups away, including Immaculate Heart of Mary School, whose float of Saint Patrick blessing the children was, for two decades, the iconic image of the parade."

"OUTVETS and Boston Pride have zero interest in honoring the Catholic Faith which Saint Patrick brought to Ireland. For them, Catholicism is an adversary to be opposed. They are exploiting the name of a Catholic saint to promote public acceptance of their sexual identity."

"It is impossible to honor Saint Patrick by showcasing those who not only express pride in rejecting the religion and morality of Saint Patrick, but who deride those beliefs as bigotry, hatred, and homophobia."

"The December, 2014 decision, made by Council members Brian Mahoney, Edward Flynn, Kevin Conroy and others, to surrender to the demands of Mayor Marty Walsh for homosexual inclusion, has, apparently, failed to appease the Mayor. This morning’s announcement that the parade route will be shortened from 3.2 to 1.4 miles, indicates that the Mayor intends to determine the future of the parade, which may include transferring it from South Boston to downtown."

"Finally, holding the parade on March 20th, Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week — the most solemn time of the liturgical year — only underscores the disconnection between the South Boston event and the life, faith, and ministry of Saint Patrick. We urge the Veterans Council to stop misusing the name of our patron saint, and just call it the Evacuation Day Parade."


NEWS UPDATE

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
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catholicactionleague@gmail.com

SOULMATES!

Jane Fonda (left) and Margery Eagan (right) laughing it up during an interview on WGBH Radio (GLOBE PHOTO).


Catholic bashing Crux columnist and lighter-than-air radio opinion giver Margery Eagan — who once demanded that His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, “resign, and give himself up for prosecution” — is seen laughing it up with someone who actually committed a capital crime for which she was never prosecuted, actress Jane Fonda. Eagan was photographed for The Boston Globe interviewing Fonda on WGBH Radio.

In an infamous episode during the Vietnam War, Fonda was photographed sitting in a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft battery wearing a NVA helmet. She went on to star in a Potemkin Village propaganda show exploiting American prisoners-of-war, and covering up their cruel torture at the hands of their Communist captors.

Article III, Section 3, of the Constitution of the United States says that “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Unlike Tokyo Rose and Lord Haw Haw, Hanoi Jane was never even indicted for her crimes.

You can be sure that the Catholic-loathing Eagan never gave the same advice to Fonda which she gave to the Pope. After all, on the two issues that matter most to Eagan, the killing of unborn children and the legitimization of sodomy, these two enemies of Christendom share a community of values.


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