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CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS

FOUNDED 1995


Board of Advisors

Walter L. Almond
Hon. William M. Bulger
William Cotter
Joseph M. Cunningham
Molly M. Finn
Andrea Griffin Holmes
Helen T. Jackson, M. D.
Philip F. Lawler
Susan C. Gallagher Long
Hon. William E. Melahn


Founders

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


Officers and Directors

Robert P. Largess,
President

Joseph B. Craven, Jr.,
Executive Secretary

C. Joseph Doyle,
Treasurer &
Executive Director

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
(617) 524-6309
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LEAGUE SLAMS HEALEY ADMINISTRATION ASSAULT ON PRO-LIFE PREGNANCY CARE CENTERS

Cardinal Sean O’Malley welcomes Governor Maura Healey to the Catholic Charities Spring Celebration in Boston on May 29th.

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today denounced the disinformation campaign, launched this morning by the Administration of Governor Maura Healey, which defames pro-life pregnancy care centers.

Beginning today, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will run ads, in English and Spanish, on billboards, radio stations, public transit and social media platforms claiming, without evidence, that crisis pregnancy centers routinely deceive women, “pressure” women into continuing their pregnancies and “potentially” put their health at risk.

Among the reprehensible tactics imputed to pro-life centers by the DPH, was the assertion that such centers have pictures of babies and children in their waiting rooms.

The one million dollar tax funded campaign was crafted by the DPH in conjunction with the Reproductive Equity Now Foundation, the sister organization of the former Bay State chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Governor Healey said “We are committed to protecting and expanding access to safe and legal abortion. That includes protecting patients from the deceptive and dangerous tactics that anti-abortion centers often use to stop people from accessing comprehensive reproductive services.”

Predictably, the campaign has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, Reproductive Equity Now and the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund.

Ironically, one of the allegedly deceptive and dangerous centers listed by the DPH is Pregnancy Help, which is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Boston, the same archdiocese which arranged, just last month, for Maura Healey to speak at the Vatican and meet with Pope Francis.

The archdiocese also feted Healey at the Catholic Schools Foundation Annual Gala in April, and at the Catholic Charities Spring Celebration in May, where she praised Cardinal O’Malley.

The Catholic Action League called the Healey Administration campaign “the public demonization of the pro-life movement, by an elected official endorsed by Planned Parenthood, who is using tax dollars to protect her donor class in the abortion industry.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “When she first ran for Attorney General in 2014, Maura Healey vowed to shut down crisis pregnancy centers in the Commonwealth. She is now working to fulfill that promise.

“Every woman in a troubled pregnancy who is frightened away from a pregnancy care center is another potential customer for Planned Parenthood.

“Healey owes Planned Parenthood quite a lot. In 2015, she said her endorsement by PP was a ‘game changer for my campaign.’

“Pregnancy care centers offer women compassionate alternatives to abortion. This latest campaign demonstrates the cynical hypocrisy of decades of rhetoric about ‘choice.’ It is now clear, that for abortion proponents, only one choice is permissible.”


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MAY 28, 2024

Letters
Boston Herald
PO Box 4004
Westford, MA 01886
letterstoeditor@bostonherald.com

To the Editor,

In his article on Governor Maura Healey’s decision to stockpile 15,000 doses of the lethal abortion drug mifepristone, Herald reporter Chris Van Buskirk used the language of Reproductive Equity Now when he referred to the abortion inducing pill as a medication, (Massachusetts mifepristone stockpile sits dormant after Maura Healey spent nearly $700K, 5/28/2024).

A medication is used to prevent, treat or relieve the symptoms of a disease. It is not designed to kill people.

Mifepristone is a poison, not a medication.

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
P. O. Box 112
Boston, MA 02131
(617) 524-6309
www.catholicactionleague.org


NEWS RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com
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LEAGUE CRITICIZES CATHOLIC CHARITIES FOR HOSTING GOVERNOR MAURA HEALEY

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized Catholic Charities of Boston for featuring Governor Maura Healey as a speaker at its Spring Celebration, which is being held this evening at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

During tonight’s gala, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, will be the recipient of the organization’s Justice and Compassion Award.

The statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops—Catholics in Political Life—prohibits Catholic institutions from offering “awards, honors or platforms” to those “who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles.”

A partnered lesbian, Maura Healey is a supporter of legal, unrestricted and publicly funded abortion, same sex marriage and gender ideology.

Each time that Healey sought elected office, she was endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, which she credited as “a game changer” for her first campaign.

As a candidate, as Attorney General, and as Governor, Healey has been part of the abortion industry campaign to malign, restrict and even suppress pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, some of which are affiliated with the Catholic Church in Massachusetts.

The Catholic Action League called the decision to showcase Maura Healey at an archdiocesan event “a grave scandal, a callous betrayal of Catholic moral principles and a cruel stab in the back to the pro-life movement.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The primary reason for Healey’s presence tonight is obvious. Last July, the Healey/Driscoll Administration awarded Catholic Charities of Boston an unprecedented grant of one million dollars.

“Just two months ago, the Healey/Driscoll Administration allocated additional funds to Catholic Charities for migrant resettlement and job training.

“Besides the financial interest and the apparent indifference to Catholic moral teachings, tonight’s event also underscores the longstanding policy of the Archdiocese of Boston to cultivate at least one ally in the Massachusetts political establishment.

“First it was Mayor Tom Menino, who received two awards from Catholic Charities. Then it was Mayor Marty Walsh, and now it is, evidently, Governor Maura Healey, who was featured at three other Catholic venues (including the Vatican) in the last two months.

“It would seem, that for the Archdiocese of Boston, institutional interest trumps Catholic orthodoxy every time.”


NEWS RELEASE

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
(617) 524-6309
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MASS AG LEADS CAMPAIGN TO CRUSH PRO-LIFE CENTERS

Reports today in LiveAction and LifeSiteNews reveal that the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Andrea J. Campbell, is leading a network of seventeen state attorneys general—all Democrats—in a campaign to target and ultimately suppress pro-life pregnancy care centers.

Called the ‘Reproductive Rights Working Group,’ the organization includes representatives from the National Abortion Federation—the trade association of abortionists—and the pro-death National Women’s Law Center, which is funded by Bill Gates, the Rockefeller Foundation and the pharmaceutical industry.

Andrea Campbell of Massachusetts is the Chairwoman.

A press release issued by the group claimed that it is “working to strengthen state-level protections for abortion, contraception and gender-affirming care.”

Andrea Campbell is quoted in the release as saying that one of the group’s goals is to “increase regulation of anti-abortion centers.”

The group is committed to creating so-called reproductive justice units in the office of every state attorney general. These units will be the mechanisms through which crisis pregnancy centers will be investigated and prosecuted.

When Campbell ran for Attorney General of Massachusetts in 2022, she said she wanted to “expose crisis pregnancy centers...” and hold them “accountable.”

In that election, Campbell was endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, who described her as a “champion for reproductive freedom.”

In an October 2nd, 2023 statement, announcing the appointment of the Commonwealth’s first Director of Reproductive Justice, Campbell said that her new office would tackle “misinformation and disinformation that prevents access to [abortion] care.”

She later told reporters that the unit “would use every tool at its disposal, from grants and civil actions, right up to criminal enforcement,” to defend and expand abortion.

The Catholic Action League called the so-called Reproductive Rights Working Group “another example of the totalitarian instincts, utilitarian ethics and sociopathic sensibilities of America’s neo-Communist Left, which prefers lawfare to elections, and regards the Bill of Rights as an archaic, Eurocentric irrelevancy.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Whether it is Senator Elizabeth Warren’s bill to have the Federal Trade Commission investigate and regulate crisis pregnancy centers, or Andrea Campbell’s campaign to multiply Reproductive Justice Units, the objective is the same.

“That goal is to force pro-life pregnancy care centers into bankruptcy and closure by imposing a heavy regulatory burden upon them, and by condemning them to costly litigation in order to defend themselves from government lawsuits and civil enforcement proceedings.

“If that fails, the next step will be, as Campbell has indicated, criminal prosecution.

“All of this is a textbook example of corrupt, special interest politics. These elected officials are not representing the public, but are acting as agents of their donor class, from Planned Parenthood and NARAL.

“New York Attorney General Letitia James—after suing Donald Trump and the NRA—has already filed suit against 11 crisis pregnancy centers in the Empire State in the matter of abortion pill reversals.

“James is accusing them of making ‘false and misleading statements,’ and ‘spreading dangerous misinformation.’

“This lawsuit will be the precedent, the test case and the template of the coming persecution.”


NEWS RELEASE

MONDAY, MAY 20, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
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CATHOLIC COLLEGES CELEBRATE THE ABORTION INDUSTRY

In the past eight days, three Catholic colleges in Massachusetts conferred honorary degrees upon leaders of medical institutions which either kill unborn children or train abortionists to do so.

On May 12th, Assumption University in Worcester conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters upon Doctor Michael F. Collins, the Chancellor of the UMass Chan Medical School.

Just last year, in May of 2023, following demands from medical students, the school expanded its abortion curriculum.

According to the school’s Office of Communications, “Abortion has been added for the first time to lectures as part of the reproductive health curriculum for first- and second-year medical students, covering epidemiology of unintended pregnancy and abortion, pregnancy counseling options, basics of medical and surgical abortions, and the legal environment surrounding abortion.”

The school is offering, for fourth year students, clinical rotations and electives with OB-GYN physicians who perform abortions. UMass Chan Medical is also a partner with the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program In Abortion & Family Planning, a national training initiative for abortionists.

Michael Collins, who now trains physicians to kill children, is the former CEO of Caritas Christi Health Care of the Archdiocese of Boston and a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College of the Holy Cross.

On May 13th, Anna Maria College in Paxton awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration to Eric W. Dickson, MD, the President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health. Doctor Dickson also delivered the Commencement Address.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, UMass Memorial Medical Center, a constituent hospital of the UMass Memorial Health system, performed 133 abortions in 2022, the last year for which statistics are available.

On May 18th, Emmanuel College in Boston presented, as its commencement speaker, the Obama/Biden bundler, Jack Connors, who served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Partners Health Care System—now Mass General Brigham—for 16 years. Connors became Chairman Emeritus in July 2012.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Brigham & Women Hospital performed 591 abortions in 2022, while the Massachusetts General Hospital performed another 164 abortions that same year.

In 2011, the year before Connor’s retirement as Chairman, Brigham & Women performed 477 abortions and Mass General performed 89 abortions. A third constituent institution, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, performed 79 abortions that year, for a total of 642 abortions during just one of the sixteen years that Connors served as Chairman.

Connors is a former member of the Council of Finance of the Archdiocese of Boston and is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Campaign for Catholic Schools. He is an Associate Trustee of Boston College.

A close advisor of Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who has long played a key role in personnel decisions in the Boston Archdiocese, Connors is an advocate for women priests, the deformity of marriage and an end to clerical celibacy.

The Catholic Action League called the honors to those who destroy the innocent “further compelling evidence of the Luciferian Culture of Death which pervades so many Catholic institutions in Massachusetts.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “It has long been clear that Catholic higher education in the Commonwealth is in an advanced state of apostasy. It is equally clear that this corruption exists because of the connivance or the toleration of the state’s Catholic bishops.

The pro-life movement must stop participating in the unwarranted pretense and the unsustainable delusion that the Catholic Church is pro-life.

Catholic bishops, Catholic religious orders, Catholic colleges and universities, Catholic secondary schools, Catholic charities, and Catholic fraternal organizations routinely offer awards, honors and platforms to proponents of legal, unrestricted and publicly funded abortion.

Abortion advocates are invited to serve on the boards of Catholic institutions. They are showcased at Catholic fundraising venues. They are even hired as lobbyists and spokesmen for the Church.

When they die, they are given Catholic funerals that all but canonize them, and while they live, they are never criticized by the leaders of the Church.

Pro-lifers in the Bay State need to recognize that the Church here has betrayed them by making a political accommodation with the abortion regime, and that many Catholic institutions are now functionally, practically, de facto, pro-abortion.”


NEWS RELEASE

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
(617) 524-6309
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LEAGUE CRITICIZES VATICAN INVITATION TO GOVERNOR HEALEY AND MAYOR WU

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized the decision of the Holy See to host Bay State Governor Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu at a climate conference sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Governor Healey, a partnered lesbian, and Mayor Wu were also received in a private audience by Pope Francis earlier today.

As candidates for office, both Maura Healey, and Michelle Wu were endorsed for election by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.

Both officials oppose the Catholic definition of marriage, support unrestricted and publicly funded abortion, and believe so-called gender identity ought to be a protected category in civil rights law.

When she first ran for Massachusetts Attorney General in 2014, Maura Healey vowed to shut down pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in the Commonwealth. In 2022, as Attorney General, Healey issued a Press Release and Consumer Advisory condemning pro-life pregnancy care centers as “deceptive and coercive.”

Among the participants in the Vatican climate summit were two other nominally Catholic elected officials who reject and oppose core Catholic moral teachings: California Governor Gavin Newsom and New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

The Catholic Action League called the Vatican invitation to Healey and Wu—arranged by Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley—“a grave scandal, and a callous betrayal of the faithful Catholics of the pro-life movement.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “It is now clear, that in the Archdiocese of Boston, pro-life Catholics are a disfavored and marginalized minority.

“The two principal constituencies of Cardinal O’Malley appear to be the socially liberal billionaires of the major donor class, like Obama/Biden bundler Jack Connors, and pro-abortion elected officials like Maura Healey, Marty Walsh and Michelle Wu.

“Politicians such as these appear at at archdiocesan fundraisers, approve the real estate development deals which keep the Church solvent, and help fund Catholic Charities.

“Last July, the Healey Administration awarded an unprecedented one million dollar grant to Catholic Charities of Boston.

“Meanwhile, a faithful member of Cardinal O’Malley’s flock, 74 year old Jean Marshall of Marshfield, was sentenced, yesterday, to 15 months in federal prison for a non-violent 2020 sit-in at a DC abortion clinic.

“There has been no comment from Cardinal O’Malley on Marshall’s sentencing.”


NEWS RELEASE

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2024

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VATICAN INVITES GOVERNOR HEALEY AND MAYOR WU TO CLIMATE SUMMIT

Both The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald are reporting today that the Holy See has extended invitations to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey to a Vatican sponsored climate summit in Rome.

Entitled “From Climate Crisis to Climate Resilience,” the conference, sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, will be held in Rome from May 15th to May 17th.

One of the organizers of the event is University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, who serves on the executive committee of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

Governor Healey will address “Governing in the Age of Climate Change,” while Mayor Wu will speak on “Governance, Health and Energy.” Massachusetts Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer will also be among the speakers.

Pope Francis will personally preside at the event.

Both Governor Healey, a partnered lesbian, and Mayor Wu support legal, unrestricted and publicly funded abortion, and both were endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.

On July 6, 2022, Healey, then the Massachusetts Attorney General, issued a press release and a Consumer Advisory condemning crisis pregnancy centers, calling them “deceptive and coercive.”

A few hours later, during the overnight of July 6th and 7th, two long established pro-life pregnancy care centers, Clearway Clinic and Problem Pregnancy of Worcester—both in New England’s second largest city—were vandalized by the violent abortion fanatics of Jane’s Revenge.

Healey never prosecuted anyone for these domestic terrorist attacks, but did issue this statement:

“We condemn all forms of violence and destruction of property within our communities. Our office will continue to focus on ensuring that patients seeking abortion care are safe and well-informed about their options.”

During the eight years when Maura Healey was Attorney General of the Commonwealth, from 2015 to 2023, there were, at least, 52 incidents of vandalism directed against Catholic churches, schools, cemeteries and religious iconography in Massachusetts.

None of these crimes resulted in a prosecution by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office.

The Catholic Action League called the invitations to Healey and Wu “two more repulsive examples of the callous contempt which the prelates of the Church continually exhibit towards the faithful Catholics of the pro-life movement.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The culture of betrayal is escalating in the Catholic Church in Boston.

“No one should doubt that the origin of this latest scandal can be found, not in Rome, but in Boston, with Cardinal Seán O’Malley.

“O’Malley has long enjoyed an amicable relationship with the militantly pro-abortion lesbian, Maura Healey. In 2017, he co-authored an op-ed piece with Healey calling for amnesty for illegal aliens.

“In 2018, Healey rebuffed calls by left-wing groups to audit the Archdiocese of Boston on sexual abuse.

“Last July, the Healey Administration awarded a grant of one million dollars to Catholic Charities of Boston.

“On April 11th, two days after visiting a Catholic high school, Healey spoke at the Annual Gala of the Catholic Schools Foundation, an organization chaired by Cardinal O’Malley. On May 29th, Healey will speak at a Catholic Charities banquet honoring O’Malley.

“Since becoming Archbishop of Boston in 2003, Cardinal Seán O’Malley has instituted the corrupt practice of adopting a member of the Bay State’s pro-abortion, pro-sodomy political establishment as a kind of patron and protector of the Archdiocese.

“First there was Boston Mayor Tom Menino, followed by Boston Mayor and U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. Now the Commonwealth’s lesbian chief executive seems to be the Cardinal’s new favorite.

“When it comes to the perceived temporal interests of the Archdiocese of Boston, attempting to crush the pro-life movement by shutting down crisis pregnancy centers, is apparently, no obstacle to friendship with Cardinal Seán.”


NEWS RELEASE

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
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ANOTHER CATHOLIC INSTITUTION CELEBRATES GOVERNOR MAURA HEALEY

Maura Healey speaks to the Catholic students at Saint John’s Prep

On April 12th, just two days before speaking at the Annual Gala of the Catholic Schools Foundation—an organization chaired by Cardinal Seán O’Malley—another Catholic institution welcomed and celebrated the Bay State’s pro-abortion, lesbian chief executive.

On April 9th, Saint John’s Prep in Danvers, sponsored by the Congregation of Saint Francis Xavier (the Xaverian Brothers), rolled out the red carpet for Governor Maura Healey.

According to the adulatory account of her visit on the school’s website, “It was quickly clear her [Healey’s] personal values are closely aligned with those of the Xaverian Brothers.”

It went on to say that “The Governor opened her remarks by thanking Father Jim Ronan ’62, her Charlestown parish priest, friend, spiritual guide, and mentor, who helped facilitate her visit.”

Healey was hailed for her “sincerity, honesty, and earnestness...”

In a discussion on “ethical leadership,” the Governor exhorted students: “Call out hate when you see it. There’s no room for racism, there’s no room for antisemitism, there’s no room for Islamophobia, there’s no room for homophobia.”

Incredibly, the Planned Parenthood champion then told Saint John’s students “Since childhood, I’ve been pretty attuned to looking after those who are vulnerable...”

On its website, the elite Catholic secondary school emphasizes its commitment to the modern post-Catholic values of diversity, sustainability and empowerment.

A partnered lesbian and close ally of Planned Parenthood, Healey is one of the leaders in the campaign, headed by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and inspired by NARAL, to vilify, restrict and ultimately suppress pro-life pregnancy care centers.

As Governor, Healey ordered the University of Massachusetts to stockpile 15,000 doses of the lethal abortion drug mifepristone, as a hedge against an adverse ruling on the drug by the U.S. Supreme Court.

As Massachusetts Attorney General, Healey argued that church facilities could be considered public accommodations, under civil rights law, in matters pertaining to so-called gender identity.

None of this however, has hampered cordial relations between Healey and the Catholic Church. In 2017, she co-authored an op-ed piece with Cardinal O’Malley calling for amnesty for illegal aliens.

Last July, the Healey Administration awarded a grant of one million dollars to Catholic Charities of Boston.

The Catholic Action League described Healey’s visit to Saint John’s Prep and the school’s exultant reaction as “further compelling evidence that most elite Catholic educational institutions in this state are in the hands of culturally conforming collaborators with the Culture of Death.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Within one week, two Catholic institutions in Greater Boston hosted a public official committed to crushing the pro-life movement in the Commonwealth.”

“Perhaps the time has come for the leaders of that movement to re-evaluate their abusive relationship with the unfaithful partner who routinely betrays them—the Archdiocese of Boston.”


NEWS RELEASE

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION HOSTS GOVERNOR MAURA HEALEY

According to Politico and the State House News Service, the Catholic Schools Foundation—the philanthropy which raises funds for parochial schools in the Archdiocese of Boston—hosted Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey as its speaker, at the organization’s Annual Gala in Boston, on Thursday night, April 11th.

Healey is a partnered lesbian, endorsed by Planned Parenthood, who has credited the nation’s largest abortion perpetrator as the force which made possible her political career.

The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts endorsed Healey and contributed to her campaign, when ran for Attorney General—her first elective office—in 2014. She subsequently said that their support was “a game changer for my campaign.”

Healey received their endorsement again when she ran for re-election in 2018, and when she ran for governor in 2022.

Healey is one of the leaders of the repressive, post Dobbs movement to target, defame, restrict and ultimately suppress pro-life pregnancy care centers.

As attorney-general, Healey issued a truthless press release and an unscrupulously deceitful Consumer Advisory denouncing crisis pregnancy centers.

As governor, Healey signed a supplemental budget allocating more than one million tax dollars to a NARAL inspired disinformation campaign to demonize pro-life centers.

In an event unprecedented in the 244 year history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Healey recently appointed her former paramour to the Supreme Judicial Court.

Besides being a proponent of same sex marriage, the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in civil rights law, and the expansion of access to legal, unrestricted and publicly funded abortion, Healey is an opponent of vouchers and tuition tax credits for Catholic schools.

In 2022, Healey criticized Worcester Bishop Robert McManus for defending the Catholic identity of Catholic schools in that diocese.

In its 2004 statement, Catholics in Political Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops warned:

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.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Schools Foundation is Cardinal Seán O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston.

Among those listed on the event’s Gala Committee is the socially liberal owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, who was charged, unsuccessfully, with soliciting a prostitute in 2019.

Kraft, reportedly, is an advocate of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) for Boston’s Catholic schools.

The Catholic Action League called the invitation to Healey “the latest in a long and lamentable line of betrayals and scandals that have characterized the episcopate of Seán O’Malley in Boston.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “As Cardinal O’Malley once co-authored an op-ed piece with Maura Healey, implicitly critical of the Trump Administration on illegal immigration, it comes as no surprise that Healey should receive an invitation from a Catholic organization chaired by the Cardinal.”

Cardinal O’Malley has a two decade history of praising, promoting, honoring and fraternizing with pro-abortion political figures, including the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, the late Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, former Secretary of State John Kerry, former Labor Secretary and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, U.S. Senator Robert Casey, Jr., former Governor Charlie Baker, former Congressman Joseph Kennedy III and former President Barack Obama.”

“When a purportedly Catholic organization, headed by a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, invites to its premier annual function a lesbian public official, backed by Planned Parenthood, who is waging a campaign of intimidation against pro-life institutions in her state, it tells us all we need to know about the total absence of integrity, fidelity and Catholic loyalty by those involved.”

“Cardinal O’Malley should be ashamed of himself. Is Maura Healey an inspiring role model for Catholic students? What rational person, in their right mind, could reasonably be expected to ever take seriously anything which the Catholic Church in Boston teaches about Christian morality?”

“Actions speak louder than words. This is a grave scandal.”


NEWS UPDATE

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
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PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ELECTED ON A PLATFORM PROMISING FEDERAL ACTION ON ABORTION

With President Donald Trump’s April 8th announcement on Truth Social that abortion legislation should be left to the states, some conservatives are attempting to re-write history.

Members of the conservative commentariat, like Kurt Schlichter of Town Hall and Martha MacCallum of Fox News, are now claiming that Republicans sought to repeal Roe v. Wade, so that the issue could be returned to the states, that state sovereignty on abortion has been the Republican Party position, and that the President’s recent announcement is consistent with that position.

That assertion however, is a manifest falsehood.

Donald J. Trump ran for President on a 2016 Republican Platform promising far reaching federal initiatives to oppose abortion.

The Republican Party platform in 2016 stated “We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.”

It went on to say that “We urge all States and Congress to make it a crime to acquire, transfer, or sell fetal tissues from elective abortions for research, and we call on Congress to enact a ban on any sale of fetal body parts.”

The Platform then called upon Congress to ban abortions based upon sex selection and disability, to ban dismemberment abortions, and to enact a Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. It also commended the House of Representatives for passing Born Alive legislation.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Any political figure in America today can be expected to alter or reverse his positions on issues of public controversy, even matters of supreme moral import. His supporters however, have no right to lie about it.”

“What happened Monday was an abandonment of five decades of Republican promises of federal opposition to abortion. The pro-life movement needs to recognize, lucidly, that we have suffered a major defeat, one of the worst in the movement’s history.”

“We need to determine what our response will be, and we need to ask President Trump, candidly—or as the Soviets used to say, in a frank and comradely manner—what if anything, he intends to do for the pro-life cause if he is elected to a second term.”


NEWS ANALYSIS

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
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BEWARE THE REPUBLICAN LATE TERM ABORTION SCAM!

With the lamentable decision of President Donald J. Trump to embrace a states rights position on the killing of unborn children, the Republican media universe—especially the faux conservative libertarians of Fox News—is now peddling the party line that conservatives must expose the extremism of the Democrat Party on abortion and unite in opposition to Democrat supported late term abortions.

Sean Hannity, Jesse Walters, Kaleigh McEnany and Tomi Lahren are all hawking this proposition, telling us that this is something that all Republicans can agree upon.

It is a confidence game, of course, and an old one, that dates back to the first administration of George W. Bush, who beguiled the pro-life movement with his forever touted, but only tardily implemented (2007), partial birth abortion ban.

In November of 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provided the latest figures on the gestational time of abortions in America.

In 2021—the latest year for which figures are available—93.5% of all abortions were perpetrated at 13 weeks or less, with an additional 5.7% performed between 14 and 20 weeks gestation.

Less than one percent of all abortions in the United States—(0.9%)—were performed at 21 weeks or later.

If conservatives fall for the obvious swindle of focusing on late term abortions, it means that while the Democratic Party will continue to support 100% of American abortions, the Republican Party, in contrast, will tolerate 99.1% of American abortions.

Citing polling data and referenda losses, Republicans are now telling pro-lifers that they must put aside their calls for abortion bans, so Republicans can be elected, in order to save the country.

They overlook however, a paramount reality. Four of the existential threats which menace America have a common origin.

The tsunami of illegal aliens, the failure to meet military recruitment goals, trillions of dollars of debt and the long term unsustainability of entitlements, all have a common denominator.

At 1.78 births per woman, America no longer has a reproductive birth rate.

The principal cause of this catastrophic circumstance is the destruction of pre-born life through abortion and abortifacient contraception (actually more through contraception than abortion).

If we are to save the country, and make it great again, then the first thing we must do is to stop killing our posterity in the womb.


MEMBER ALERT

MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com
www.catholicactionleague.org

PRO-LIFE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND TO HONOR RIGHT TO LIFE CHAMPION BOB JOYCE

Attorney Robert W. Joyce

This Saturday, April 6, 2024, at 10:30 am, the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund will hold its Annual Century Brunch at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel, at 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, in Newton, Massachusetts.

This year’s recipient of the prestigious Thomas More Award will be Attorney Robert W. Joyce of Boston.

For four decades, Bob Joyce has been a courageous, dedicated, articulate and outspoken champion of the right to life in New England.

Bob has served on the Board of Directors of the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund for the past twenty-eight years, three of them as Clerk/Secretary and six as President.

As an officer and director of PLLDF, Bob has testified, countless times, at public hearings before legislative committees on Beacon Hill, in defense of innocent life.

A former Director of Massachusetts Citizens For Life, Bob Joyce delivered a memorable address to MCFL’s Annual Assembly For Life in 2002, when he marked the tragic milestone of one million abortions in the Commonwealth, up to that time.

In 1998, Bob Joyce became one of the petitioners in the historic constitutional challenge to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s arbitrary and unlawful attempt to establish, by executive order, a domestic partners program for city employees.

That court case, brought by the Catholic Action League and the American Center For Law And Justice, resulted in a 6 to 0 decision against Menino in the landmark Supreme Judicial Court ruling Connors v. City of Boston.

In recent years, Bob Joyce has been one of the leaders in the Boston organization of the Men’s March To Abolish Abortion and Rally For Personhood, which has done so much to draw men to the pro-life movement.

In 2023, in connection with the march, Bob authored an incisive, indeed historic essay on how fathers have been marginalized by the courts in the matter of abortion.

In 2022, an initiative by Bob Joyce brought together a consortium of Bay State pro-life groups into the Massachusetts Pro-Life Coalition.

Joyce—a former Director of Catholic Memorial School and a former President of its Alumni Association—organized, through the Coalition, opposition to the disgraceful decision by CM to honor an abortion fanatic, then Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, at its annual fundraiser.

Bob’s efforts resulted in national media attention to this grave scandal and brought more than eighty supporters of the right to life to a protest demonstration in front of CM’s fundraising venue.

Bob is also active in American University Women For Life and in the Hosea Initiative.

His published credits include a notable 2017 article in the Human Life Review, co-authored with Lori Kelly, in opposition to physician assisted suicide.

One of Bob Joyce’s current projects is to utilize the 2023 Supreme Court decision in Shurtleff v. City of Boston to secure access for a pro-life flag to be raised on municipal flagpoles across the state.

A pious and orthodox Catholic, Bob Joyce is a multi-decade member of both the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society.

It is difficult to imagine a member of the pro-life community in Massachusetts more deserving of this distinguished award.

Please join us in honoring Bob Joyce, and in supporting the pro-life cause, in Newton on April 6th.

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The Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund has defended vulnerable lives since 1975, through the support of our donors.

Tickets are $60 ($30 for our famous brunch, and $30 for a tax-deductible donation.)

You can purchase tickets at PLLDF.org, or write a check for $60.00 per ticket, payable to PLLDF, and mail it to:

PLLDF
2 Neptune Road, #167
Boston, MA 02128

If you can’t join us for the brunch, please consider sponsoring tickets for pro-life students: a single student for $60, or a table of eight students for $400.

For more information, contact Colbe Mazzarella at 617-970-0928, or email info@plldf.org.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday.


EASTER SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2024

Marco Basaiti, Resurrection of Christ, 1520

A BLESSED AND HAPPY EASTER FROM THE CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE

At that time, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, brought spices, that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb, when the sun had just risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?” And looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back, for it was very large. But on entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were amazed. He said to them, “Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go tell his disciples and Peter that He goes before you into Galilee; there you shall see Him, as He told you.

The Holy Gospel of the Mass on Easter Sunday (Mark  16, 1-7)
Laus tibi Christe!

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The Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven) is one of four musical antiphons, addressed to the Blessed Virgin May, that are sung or recited during the liturgical year of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.

This Antiphon, with its versicle and collect, is sung during Paschaltide, from noon on Holy Saturday till the Saturday noon before Trinity Sunday.

During this time, it replaces the thrice daily Angelus, the traditional devotion which is said at 6am, 12 noon and 6pm.

It is also recited as part of the Divine Office, as the conclusion of Compline, the Night Prayer.

Its origins date back to the reign of Pope Saint Gregory the Great (590-604).

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms are among the composers who have set it to music.

It is among the most sublimely beautiful of all Catholic prayers.

V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
R. For He whom thou didst deserve to bear, Alleluia.
V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray. O God, who by the resurrection of Thy Only Begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life.

Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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V. Regina Caeli, laetare, alleluia.
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
V. Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.

Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.


NEWS ANALYSIS

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
(617) 524-6309
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BIDEN’S ABORTION ZEALOTRY CAN BE TRACED TO THE COWARDICE OF THE CATHOLIC HIERARCHY

In his State of the Union address last night, Joseph Biden promised, if re-elected, to use federal legislation to restore Roe v. Wade—the U.S. Supreme Court decision which resulted in the killing of 65 million innocent children—as the law of the land.

Biden is an aggressive and strident advocate of legal abortion, who abandoned, years ago, his previous opposition to the public funding of abortion, and now calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment.

The Biden Administration has restored funding—eliminated by President Trump—to the pro-abortion World Health Organization and to the United Nations Fund for Population Activities.

Biden has repudiated the Mexico City policy, which had prohibited American foreign aid dollars from being used to promote abortion abroad.

The Biden Administration has been praised by Planned Parenthood for massive increases in federal subsidies to the country’s largest perpetrator of child murder.

His administration opposes conscience protections for pro-life physicians and nurses, has tried to turn hospital emergency rooms into abortuaries, and has used the Pentagon budget to pay for abortions.

Joseph Biden, the second baptized Catholic to occupy the White House, is, by any measurable standard, the most pro-abortion President in the modern history of the United States, not excluding Barack Obama.

Biden, without apparent shame, attends Mass and receives, sacrilegiously, the Holy Eucharist, visits Catholic shrines, and is routinely described as a devout Catholic, who carries with him a Rosary which once belonged to his late son.

The ultimate cause of this abomination, which combines unprecedented bloodshed and callous treachery with grave scandal and preening hypocrisy, can be found in the cowardice, malfeasance and dereliction of an American Catholic hierarchy, which in 51 years of legalized abortion, has failed to excommunicate a single one of the moral monsters, who like Biden, have facilitated the mass murder of the unborn.

In more than a half century, only two politicians that we know of—Congresswoman and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy—have been told by their bishops not to receive Holy Communion.

In 1962, a Louisiana judge, Leander Perez, was excommunicated for opposing the integration of Catholic schools. Like other modern excommunicates—Napoleon, Juan Peron, and the post 1921 Irish Republican Army—Perez never participated in genocide.

In his prophetic encyclical Casti Connubii, Pope Pius XI, referring to abortion, wrote “Let them remember that God is the Judge and Avenger of innocent blood, which crieth from earth to heaven.”

Do the bishops believe in God? If they do, why do they not fear for the fate of their own immortal souls?


PRESS STATEMENT

FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com
www.catholicactionleague.org

LEAGUE CRITICIZES STATE SENATE FOR PASSAGE OF RADICAL SEX ED BILL

On Thursday, February 29th, veteran State House reporter Bob Katzen, Publisher and Editor of the Beacon Hill Roll Call, contacted the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, seeking a comment from Executive Director C. J. Doyle.

Katzen was interested in the League’s reaction to the vote in the Massachusetts Senate to approve a radical, graphic and explicit sexual education measure.

On the 29th, the State Senate passed to be engrossed Senate Bill 2686 (now S. 268)—An Act Relative To Healthy Youth. Passage was obtained on a voice vote, that is to say, without a roll call.

The sponsor is Senator Sal N. DiDomenico (D-Everett).

If enacted, this legislation would enshrine, in Massachusetts law, the goals of the population control industry and the LGBTQ movement. It would indoctrinate public schoolchildren in the belief systems of those entities, and would encourage minors to engage in sexual behaviors which previous generations would have condemned, rightly, as depraved and obscene.

According to the New Boston Post, curriculum materials would expose elementary school children to discussions about masturbation, and middle school children to information about anal and oral sex.

It would also create a uniform, state authorized, sex and health education curriculum for all of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns.

The measure has been endorsed by Mass Equality and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.

Proposed amendments to the bill by Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) to protect the conscience rights of teachers and to convert the opt-out provision for parents to an opt-in provision, were defeated.

On Thursday the 29th, C. J. Doyle issued the following statement to Beacon Hill Roll Call:

“An Act Relative To Healthy Youth is government mandated ideological instruction under the guise of health education.

“It will use the authority of the law and the money of the taxpayers to impose the value system of the secular Left onto the public schoolchildren of the state.

“This legislation requires sex-ed courses in public schools to include ‘affirmative education that people have different sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions,’ which may differ from ‘sex assigned at birth.’

“That affirmative approach extends, explicitly, to the practice of contraception, and implicitly, to abortion.

“According to the proposed law, all public school sex education must be consistent with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework, now undergoing revision by the Administration of Governor Maura Healey, through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“That document is filled with references to acknowledging diversity, showing respect for different kinds of families and overcoming stereotypes, prejudices, bias, sexism and cultural stigmas—thinly disguised code language for traditional moral beliefs.

“If enacted, this legislation will effectively preclude any public school teacher, administrator, nurse or staff member from raising a moral objection or voicing an ethical dissent to any of the sexual behaviors celebrated and affirmed under this curriculum.

“If this extremist legislation ever becomes law, one can only hope that the recent experience in the City of Worcester—where significant numbers of parents exercised their right to a sex-ed opt-out for their children—will be emulated throughout the Commonwealth.”


NEWS RELEASE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com
www.catholicactionleague.org

BOSTON DISCRIMINATES AGAINST CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

In her State of the City Address on January 30th, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a free museum pass program for the city’s K through 12 public school students. Entitled BPS Sundays, the program will allow the admission, without charge, on the first and second Sundays of each month, of Boston Public School students to six of the city’s preeminent cultural institutions.

Participating institutions include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, the Boston Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Franklin Park Zoo.

None of these elite, well endowed entities will actually waive admission fees. Instead, they will simply transfer admission costs from individual students to the School Department, which is funded from the city treasury. Additional funds will be provided by a so-called public-private partnership between the city and various civic, corporate and philanthropic donors.

The provisions are generous. Each student can be accompanied by up to three guests or family members. The estimated cost of the program is likely to exceed one million dollars per year.

The provisions are also exclusionary. Private and parochial school students in Boston, along with home-schooled children, will be denied eligibility for this benefit.

Surprisingly, the program will not extend to students in the city’s charter schools, nor to participants in the METCO program (which buses inner city students to suburban public schools), even though both categories of students are, legally, public school students.

Boston Herald columnist Joe Battenfeld called Mayor Wu’s decision to exclude students who do not attend government schools “mean-spirited and divisive,” suggesting that she preferred schools which were “politically correct or union friendly.”

Two members of the Boston City Council—former Council President Ed Flynn and Councilor At-Large Erin Murphy—have filed a resolution to expand the program to encompass all of Boston’s school children.

In a bizarre maneuver, the new Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee, Amy Carnevale, issued a statement condemning the exclusion of charter school students, but was silent about the discrimination against Catholic and home schooled students.

The Catholic Action League called Mayor Wu’s exclusion rule in the museum pass program “arbitrary, punitive and discriminatory.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “There are twenty Catholic schools in the City of Boston, with an enrollment approaching 7,000. Mayor Wu ought to be reminded that these students are residents of Boston, and their parents are citizens, voters and taxpayers in the city.”

“No Boston child should be penalized because their parents made the lawful decision to enroll that student in a school which is not controlled by the city government and which is not staffed by the Boston Teachers’ Union.”

“For sixty years now—since the Goldwater campaign of 1964--the Republican Party has been telling Catholics and other social conservatives that it supports, rhetorically at least, school choice.”

“Amy Carnevale’s clueless comments, complaining about unfairness to charter schools students, while ignoring the longstanding problem of anti-Catholic discrimination in public education, reminds us of how unserious the Massachusetts Republican Party remains on this issue.”


Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Note to Catholic Action League Members: On January 26th, The Boston Globe published a long, lead story celebrating the decision of a Connecticut woman to travel to Vermont to take her own life through physician assisted suicide—“medical aid in dying”—which is legal in that state.

The writer of the story was Globe columnist, notorious hate speech perpetrator and multi-decade Catholic basher, Kevin Cullen.

What Cullen did not mention, was that, contrary to the ethics of journalism, (and the laws of God), he was an actual participant in this appalling affront to the Author of Life. Cullen was one of two signatories on the legal affidavit required under Vermont law, affirming that the person intending suicide was of sound mind.

This prompted an unusual public note from the Editor of the Globe rebuking Cullen, stating: “It is a violation of Globe standards for a reporter to insert themselves into a story they are covering.” The editor also said it was a decision which “Cullen regrets.”

This is the second time in recent years that Cullen has run afoul of professional ethics and journalistic standards. In 2018, Cullen was given a three month unpaid suspension by the Globe for fabricating anecdotes about the Boston Marathon bombing.

When confronted about his creative fiction, Cullen said he was upset about the bombing and had been drinking.

While one is reluctant to speculate, given his latest recklessness, one might be forgiven for wondering if this is a recurring issue.

The following letter to the editor is in response to a Boston Herald story on Cullen’s journalistic misconduct.

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JANUARY 30, 2024

Letters
Boston Herald
PO Box 4004
Westford, MA 01886
letterstoeditor@bostonherald.com

To the Editor,

In the Boston Herald article on Globe columnist Kevin Cullen’s personal participation in a story he was writing about, reporter Rick Sobey called attention, correctly, to Cullen’s breach of professional ethics, (Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen ‘committed a mortal sin’ for helping a woman in her physician assisted suicide 1/29/2024).

In this case, the term ‘mortal sin’ may be more than a metaphor for journalistic malpractice.

Always quick to accuse others of hypocrisy, Cullen may want to ponder his own hypocrisy in pretending to be a practicing Catholic while collaborating in the taking of a human life.

Cullen has spent years demonizing conservative Catholics, none of whom, unlike Kevin Cullen, ever helped kill anybody. Maybe it is time for Cullen to cast the beam out of his own eye.

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
P.O. Box 112
Boston, MA 02131
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com


NEWS RELEASE

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2024

Contact: C. J. Doyle
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com
www.catholicactionleague.org

CATHOLIC BISHOP CO‑AUTHORS OP‑ED WITH PRO‑LGBTQ GROUP

In a historic first, a Catholic diocesan bishop in the United States has co-authored an op-ed column, in the secular press, with a pro-LGBTQ+ organization.

The Most Reverend William D. Byrne, the Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts has joined with Catholics for Inclusion, to produce a column entitled “A message of welcome to the LGBTQ+ community.”

Catholics for Inclusion is an advocacy group based in Northampton, MA, purporting to represent the families of homosexuals and lesbians alienated from the Catholic Church. According to its website, it also includes a number of former Catholic lesbians working to create “a more inclusive Church.”

Curiously, its website provides no list of officers or directors. It seems to have no media presence beyond the current op-ed, and claims of a previous column in an undisclosed local newspaper. It has not responded to media inquiries about the public reaction to its op-ed piece with the bishop.

The guest column was published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Greenfield Recorder on December 5th. It was also published in the higher circulation Mass Live on December 8th.

In the column, Byrne and his co-authors (who remain anonymous), assert that Catholics for Inclusion have been meeting for five years “discerning what the church needs to do to create an opportunity for LGBTQ+ individuals to feel genuinely welcomed to return to the church.”

They go on to say, with much repetition of platitudes, that the bishop has met with them to “discuss how the Catholic churches in our area can become genuinely welcoming to all people,” which includes “joining together to create an open and loving community that is more welcoming to LGBTQ+ people.”

In the column, Bishop Byrne “strongly encourages all parishes and schools to welcome everyone into your community, particularly those who feel excluded from the church, including the LGBTQ+ faithful.”

How those who reject perennial Catholic moral teaching and castigate that teaching as hatred, bigotry and homophobia can be called faithful, the bishop did not explain.

The column concluded by exhorting everyone to avoid “discrimination or harsh judgments.”

In the column, Byrne reveals that he has met with the group “on a few occasions” and was inspired to continue talks with them following a September, 2023 meeting with Pope Francis.

Interestingly, the op-ed was published two weeks before the Vatican issued the declaration Fiducia Supplicans, which authorized the blessing of same-sex couples. Following the release of Fiducia, Byrne publicly defended his outreach to the dissident group.

The column, of course, omitted any reference to 2,000 years of Catholic teaching—founded upon Sacred Scripture, Apostolic Tradition and natural law—which condemns the sin of impurity against nature, as the second of the four sins which “crieth to heaven for vengeance.”

The radical homosexualist group, New Ways Ministry, praised the op-ed and commended Bishop Byrne for his “collaboration,” comparing him favorably with his predecessor, Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, who had prevented a homosexual chorus from performing in Saint Teresa’s Church in South Hadley.

The Catholic Action League called the newspaper column “a grave scandal,” and “a clear and conspicuous public relations victory for the opponents of Catholic morality.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Like the rest of us poor sinners, those suffering from same-sex attraction are already welcome to the Catholic Church. They are welcome to the confessional, to repentance from sin, to interior conversion and to the personal pursuit of holiness.

“When homosexuals say they want to be welcomed in the Catholic Church, what they really mean is that they want the Church to ignore the Bible, abandon natural law, disavow the Catechism and participate in the lie that sodomy is morally acceptable.

“They want the Church to affirm them in their lifestyle and enable them in their mortal sins.

“Bishop Byrne may view the same-sex attracted, naively, as a group of disaffected Catholics struggling with a moral problem. The reality is that the homosexual movement is an organized revolutionary force determined to overthrow Christian morality, suppress religious freedom rights and censor, silence, and marginalize anyone who defends traditional moral beliefs.

“It has already succeeded in deforming marriage, imposing itself on the Saint Patrick Day parades in Boston and New York, and using the courts to punish Christian businesses which refuse to service same-sex ceremonies.

“Here in Massachusetts, a Catholic high school has been forced to pay a settlement to a homosexual applicant for a staff position—who lied when he agreed to the school’s mission statement—after a Superior Court judge found the school guilty of discrimination.

“Whatever the intentions of Bishop Byrne, his joint op-ed piece sends the unmistakable message that the Catholic Church is, gradually, coming around to the values of secular society in its approach to homosexuality.”


The Marc Murphy cartoon which appeared in the January 21st edition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

NEWS RELEASE

MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2023

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WORCESTER TELEGRAM INSULTS CHRISTIANS, MOCKS CRUCIFIXION

On Sunday, January 21st, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette—the Bay State’s third largest newspaper—published an editorial cartoon reviling and denigrating pro-life Christians, and exploiting images of the Crucifixion of Our Savior to score a tawdry political point.

The cartoon presented two depictions of the Crucifixion, each with a Roman legionary hammering nails into the feet of Our Lord.

The first contained an arrow, pointing towards Jesus, with the caption “Who right-wing Christians think they are.”

The second contained an arrow, pointing towards the soldier holding the hammer, with the caption, “Who they are.”

The unsubtle message is that conservative Christians are violent persecutors and “two-faced hypocrites,” an assertion the cartoonist makes on his Facebook page underneath the cartoon.

The creator of the smear was Marc Murphy, an editorial cartoonist for the Louisville Courier Journal, USAToday and Gannet publications, which owns the Telegram.

Murphy has a long and disreputable history of ventilating his bigotry by demonizing religious conservatives who believe in traditional, Biblical morality.

In June of 2023, he produced a cartoon—also published by the Telegram—which showed pro-lifers dancing on a grave marked “Dead poor women.”

A Notre Dame graduate, Murphy describes himself as ‘culturally Catholic.’ Astonishingly, he coaches at a Catholic school, Nativity Academy in Louisville, sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters and the Xaverian Brothers.

The decision by the Telegram to print the cartoon is perplexing. Unrelated to any current issue in the Commonwealth, the attack is entirely gratuitous.

As the Evangelical community is small in Massachusetts, it is reasonable to suppose that, for the editorial staff of the Telegram, Catholics were the real target.

Their shepherd in Worcester County, Bishop Robert McManus, has been the object of a secularist jihad, waged by the Telegram, since the bishop insisted that rainbow flags and BLM banners were incompatible with the Catholic identity of Nativity School in Worcester in 2022.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The cartoon is not only a venomous expression of hatred and contempt, defaming innocent people, but it is a shameless exercise in dishonesty and hypocrisy.

“Defending the right to life, traditional marriage and biological reality harms no one. It is the cultural revolutionaries who have blood on their hands—the blood of 65 million dead children killed in abortions, and the irreversibly mutilated bodies of untold minors lured into the cult of transgenderism.”

The Executive Editor of the Telegram & Gazette is Michael McDermott. As of July, 2023, his email address was mcdermott@telegram.com. He can also be reached at 1-800-922-8200.

Please let him know that this mean spirited cartoon was offensive, unjust and unwarranted.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

January 8, 2024 — Published on January 14th

The People’s Forum
Telegram & Gazette
100 Front Street, 5th Floor
Worcester, MA 01608-1440
letters@telegram.com

To the Editor:

In his seventh column, in less than four years, targeting Worcester Bishop Robert McManus, Ray Mariano continues to be offended that McManus remains faithful to the Catholic moral beliefs, which Mariano abandoned long ago, (Where’s the love and compassion, Bishop McManus?, 1/5/24).

After years of mocking and maligning McManus, Mariano has the chutzpah to complain that it is the bishop who lacks love and compassion.

Mariano is upset that McManus emphasized the limits to the Vatican’s unprecedented decision to permit the blessing of same sex couples.

When culturally conforming liberals like Mariano call for a Church that is more inclusive and loving, what they really mean is they want a Church which repudiates Sacred Scripture and natural law, and affirms, rather than condemns, the mortal sin of sodomy.

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
P.O. Box 112
Boston, MA 02131
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com


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