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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

 

 

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.”


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


El Greco: Adoration of the Shepherds (1612)

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS!

MAY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE A BLESSED AND MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2021

Gloria in excelsis Deo. Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.

As we celebrate the birth of the Word made Flesh, let us also rejoice in our devotions to the glorious saints of the Christmas Season:

  • Saint Stephen, the Proto-Martyr, on December 26th;
  • Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist, on December 27th;
  • The Holy Innocents, Heavenly Patrons of the Pro-Life cause, on December 28th; and
  • Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Defender of the Faith, on December 29th.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.

Beloved: The grace of God our Savior hath appeared to all men, instructing us, in order that, rejecting ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live temperately and justly and piously in this world, looking for the blessed hope and glorious coming of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ: Who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity and cleanse to Himself a people acceptable, pursuing good works. Thus speak and exhort, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to Titus [2:11-15], for the Mass at Midnight, on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST

FROM THE ROMAN MARTYROLOGY OF THE COUNCIL OF TRENT

The Twenty-Fifth of December

In the year, from the creation of the world, when in the beginning God created Heaven and earth, five thousand one hundred and ninety-nine;

from the flood, two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seven;

from the birth of Abraham, two thousand and fifteen;

from Moses and the coming of the Israelites out of Egypt, one thousand five hundred and ten;

from the anointing of King David, one thousand and thirty-two;

in the sixty-fifth week, according to the prophecy of Daniel;

in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;

in the year seven hundred and fifty-two from the foundation of the city of Rome;

in the forty-second year of the empire of Octavian Augustus;

when the whole world was at peace, in the sixth age of the world, Jesus Christ, eternal God, and Son of the eternal Father, desirous to sanctify the world by His most merciful coming, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost, and nine months having elapsed since His conception, is born in Bethlehem of Juda, having become Man of the Virgin Mary:

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.
(Nativitas Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum carnem.)

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Even in the English speaking world, most of the beautiful hymns of Christmas are Catholic in origin.

The lyrics of the pious, serene, and ubiquitously popular hymn Silent Night were written by an Austrian priest, Father Joseph Mohr, while the melody was composed by his parish organist, Franz Gruber.

O Holy Night, a hymn of transcendent beauty and celestial elegance, was commissioned by the Parish Priest of Roquemaure in France.

Angels We Have Heard on High is, also, a French composition, while The First Noel, thought of as an English carol, is actually Celtic, (Cornish) and 15th century—meaning pre-Reformation—in origin.

The sublime O Come, O Come Emmanuel, is an 18th century work, but is based upon the O Antiphons, sung by monks at Vespers during the week before Christmas. The origins of these antiphons are in the mists of monastic time, from the first millennium of the Christian centuries.

For inspirational character, and sheer magnificence, Adeste Fideles is said to be to the sacred, what La Marseillaise is to the secular. It was composed by the English Catholic Jacobite, John Francis Wade.

In 1978, in a rendition of great beauty and intensity, Luciano Pavarotti sang the hymn in the Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame de Montreal.

Merry Christmas!


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

DECEMBER 22, 2023

Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
One Exchange Place, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02109-2132
letter@globe.com

To the Editor:

Some conservative Catholics believe that the Vatican’s Declaration Fiducia Supplicans, which authorizes priests to bless same-sex couples, admits an orthodox interpretation.

The opinion piece in The Boston Globe by the Director of Dignity USA, Marianne Duddy-Burke, should disabuse them of that notion, (Are blessings for same-sex couples the beginning of the end of anti-LGBTQ Catholic theology? 12/20/2023).

Duddy-Burke pointed out that the new Vatican declaration and its language “undermine...core Catholic teachings...” and the document “is an absolute contradiction of not only the 2021 statement [which said God ‘cannot bless sin’] but much official Catholic theology about homosexuality, gender identity, and same-sex relationships.”

She went on to say that “It provides the thread that, over time, could lead to the unraveling of all the teachings that have dehumanized LGBTQ people.”

Even secular historians have acknowledged the rigorous clarity of thought which has characterized Catholic theology. That same clarity ought to inform the faithful that the blessing of same-sex couples is a revolutionary departure from perennial Catholic moral teaching, contravening Sacred Scripture, Apostolic Tradition and natural law.

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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2023

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

WILL FAITHFUL PRIESTS BE PUNISHED FOR REFUSING TO BLESS MORTAL SIN?

Today, in a statement to The Boston Globe, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, publicly endorsed the Vatican’s departure from perennial Catholic teaching about the intrinsic immorality of homosexual relations.

“We thank the Holy Father for his love and care of all the people in the flock,” O’Malley said in his statement.

On December 18th, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the approval of Pope Francis, issued the Declaration Fiducia Supplicans, authorizing priests to bless same sex couples. This was a reversal of the 2021 Responsum of the same Dicastery, which held that God “does not and cannot bless sin.”

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts is raising the issue therefore, of whether orthodox Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Boston—who are faithful to Sacred Scripture, natural law and Catholic tradition—will be punished, deprived or sanctioned for refusing to impart such blessings.

The President of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Franz Lackner, has already stated that priests in that country must comply with requests for blessings by homosexual couples.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Given the removal of Bishops Joseph Strickland and Daniel Torres, the punitive measures against Cardinal Raymond Burke, and the sanctions imposed upon the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, it is only reasonable to ask if Fiducia Supplicans will be one more pretext to purge the Church of Papa Bergoglio’s ideological adversaries.

“No Catholic priest should be forced, against his conscience, to bless mortal sin. No Catholic priest should be coerced into acts which are in opposition to the Bible, the Catechism and two thousand years of Catholic teachings.

“Cardinal O’Malley’s scandalous endorsement of the improvident decision by Pope Francis to repudiate Divine Revelation and natural law, must not result in faithful priests being canceled, removed or driven out the Church.

“The Catholic laity must support those priests who remain faithful to the highest law of the Church, the salvation of souls.”


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

DECEMBER 8, 2023

Letters to the Editor
The Pilot
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184-3839
letters@thebostonpilot.com

To the Editor:

The OSV News story on the removal of Bishop Joseph Strickland repeatedly suggested that his ministry had become “detrimental or ineffective,” (Bishop Strickland removal is ‘administrative, not penal,’ says canon law expert, 11/17/2023).

No evidence was offered to substantiate that assertion, and the Vatican has not told the faithful of the Diocese of Tyler why their Ordinary was expelled from his apostolic office by the Pope.

The explanation, by Father John Beal of the Catholic University of America, that Strickland’s dismissal was an ‘administrative removal,’ confirms that there was no due process nor a finding of misconduct against Strickland.

Even more revealing was Beal’s admission that there is no written “process with criteria” for such discretionary removals, and that they were a “recent development” in the history of the Church.

Bishops are successors of the Apostles, not corporate branch managers who can be summarily fired at the caprice of the Pope.

The sacking of Bishop Strickland has set a dangerous precedent in the government of the Catholic Church.

Sincerely,

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


PRESS STATEMENT

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2023

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

LEAGUE CALLS PUNISHMENT OF CARDINAL BURKE ‘VINDICTIVE’

On Wednesday, November 29th, reporter Alice Giordano of The Epoch Times, contacted the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, seeking a comment from C. J. Doyle on the decision of Pope Francis to evict the 75 year old American Cardinal, Raymond Burke, from his Vatican apartment and deprive him of his salary.

According to Vatican insiders, the Pope claimed that Burke was “my enemy” and a source of “disunity” after he questioned the Pope’s unprecedented, unscriptural and un-Catholic decision to permit blessings of relationships founded upon the mortal sin of impurity against nature.

Burke also criticized the so-called Synod on Synodality, saying its agenda “was more political and human than ecclesial and divine.

Giordano also asked for a comment from Doyle on the Pope’s removal of the Bishop of Tyler, Texas, the Most Reverend Joseph Strickland.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle issued the following statement: “The uncharitable and unimaginable decision by the Pope to strip a Prince of the Church of his income and residence is petty, punitive, vindictive and mean spirited, and is inconsistent with the high dignity of the Petrine office. It speaks to the absence of a Christian personality in Jorge Bergoglio.

The hypocrisy of this pontificate is astonishing. The Pope speaks of ‘mercy’ and ‘accompaniment,’ but mercilessly eliminates and ruthlessly isolates anyone who disagrees with his novel and heterodox initiatives.

He talks about ministering to those on the ‘margins,’ but then deliberately drives faithful Catholics to the very margins of the Church, especially those attached to the traditional Latin liturgy.

Francis claims to desire diversity and decentralization under the guise of ‘synodality,’ while insisting on uniformity of opinion and obedience to his own central authority.

He protects and promotes priests and prelates who question or deny the ancient and irreformable doctrines of the Faith, but punishes and banishes bishops and cardinals who question or criticize the modern and avant garde positions of his papacy.

None of this, of course, is surprising. In the end, given the unlawfulness and illegitimacy of their actions, all revolutionaries must resort to the instruments of coercion.

There is now, no doubt, that Francis seeks to impose a revolution upon the Church, particularly in his attempt to separate the moral teachings of the Church from Divine Revelation and natural law.

The scandalous and tyrannical decision to remove Bishop Strickland was unjust, arbitrary, capricious and of dubious canonical validity. The entire notion that a Pope can simply fire a bishop—who, like the Pope, is a successor of the Apostles—is a recent and radical innovation, unknown and unheard of in the first nineteen centuries of Catholicism.

Even by this uncertain modern standard, the Pope’s action was improper, as there was no due process or judicial finding of malfeasance or misconduct in the deprivation of Bishop Strickland.

The most obvious solution to this decade-long reign of scandal, heresy, division and confusion is for Pope Francis to emulate his illustrious predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, and for the common good of the Church, resign.”


PRESS STATEMENT

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2023

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

BISHOPS’ AGENCY FUNDS GROUP PROMOTING SODOMITE PORN FOR MINORS

On Friday, November 10th, Reporter Alice Giordano of The Epoch Times contacted the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, seeking a comment from Executive Director C. J. Doyle about a story which appeared in LifeSiteNews.

According to the article, the Lepanto Institute revealed that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development had given, over the last decade, nearly a quarter of a million dollars to a far left organization in Minnesota, headed by a former Planned Parenthood activist, which was promoting pornographic, homosexual literature to children.

CCHD had provided grants to the Congregations United To Serve Humanity (CUSH), one of whose programs was to collect graphically obscene books about perverted sexual practices, to stock a library at a proposed LGBTQ “youth center” in Kenosha, targeting middle and high school students.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment:

“Reports that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development—an official Catholic anti-poverty agency under the auspices of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops—has been subsidizing a radical LGBT group which distributes pornographic books to minors, is deeply disturbing, but hardly surprising.

“Despite its support from the Catholic hierarchy, the CCHD is a dissident, left-wing organization which has a long and scandalous history, dating back to the 1970’s, of financing other leftist groups which oppose Christian morality.

“In recent years, the CCHD has funded groups which support legal abortion, contraception, homosexual activism, Marxist politics and so-called transgenderism.

“It has even funded organizations affiliated with Planned Parenthood.

“The late Congresswoman Bella Abzug (D-NY), a militant left-winger with longstanding ties to the Communist Party, was once the recipient of a grant for a voter registration drive from the CCHD.

“No faithful Catholic should ever contribute to the CCHD.

“It is appalling that the bishops sponsor a group, which uses money collected from ordinary Catholics in the pews, to promote opposition to Catholic teaching.

“The Campaign for Human Development needs to be boycotted by orthodox Catholics. Pro-Life Catholics have a particular obligation to oppose this toxic organization.”

LEAGUE MEDIA UPDATE

On Saturday evening, November 11th, League Executive Director C. J. Doyle appeared on Newsmax TV. Doyle was interviewed by anchor Lidia Curanaj on their news program, “The Count.” The topic of the five minute interview was the Pope’s scandalous, arbitrary and canonically dubious dismissal of the Bishop of Tyler, Texas, the Most Reverend Joseph E. Strickland.


NEWS RELEASE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2023

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

BOSTON GLOBE CELEBRATES MOCKERY OF CATHOLICS, ATTEMPTS TO SUPPRESS FREE SPEECH

In two propaganda pieces in the last three days, The Boston Globe promoted and celebrated the mockery of Catholics, and applauded attempts to suppress their free speech, freedom of assembly and free exercise of religion.

On November 2nd, the Globe published a fawning puff piece on the Boston Clown Music Parade, an anti-Catholic hate group which reporter Vivi Smilgius said was going to “drown out” and “wreak havoc to disrupt” the Men’s March to Abolish Abortion, by playing “Pop Goes the Weasel” while Catholics recite the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In a second article on November 4th, which plunged to new depths in biased and unprofessional journalism, Globe reporter John Hilliard, predictably, followed the traditional Globe playbook on pro-life events, by giving more coverage to a handful of counter protesters than to hundreds of Catholic men who marched in support of the right to life in Boston yesterday.

Of the thirty-four sentences in Hilliard’s story, only twelve were devoted to the Men’s March, while fourteen described the actions of the disrupters. Another eight sentences were about two men, out of three hundred, who may or may not have been affiliated with a group called the Patriot Front.

Of the four photographs which accompanied the story, three contained images of the counter protesters and one was of two men standing peacefully, who were identified by the Globe caption as members of an extremist group.

The Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “It is clear that reporter John Hilliard went hunting at the Men’s March, looking to discredit marchers by finding someone or something to taint them with extremism.

“Unlike peaceful marchers who wear a certain logo on their caps, abortion fanatics who attempt to disrupt a pro-life event, interfere in the exercise of constitutional rights by law abiding Americans, and try to suppress free speech, are not, however, in moral universe of the Globe’s John Hilliard, dangerous extremists.

“The argument can be made that reporter Vivi Smilgius, an Emerson College undergraduate, actually incited extremists to violate the constitutional rights of Catholics by her cheerleading coverage of the Boston Clown Music Parade.

“Militants who harass Christians engaged in public prayer are bigots, haters and totalitarian thugs, and ought to be regarded as such. The Boston Clown Music Parade exists to express contempt for Christians and impede them in the exercise of their constitutionally protected, First Amendment rights.

“Cardinal Sean O’Malley ought to remind Mayor Michelle Wu that Catholics have the same rights as other American citizens, including the right to march through the streets of Boston without intimidation, interference and disruption by left wing hate groups.”


NEWS RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2023

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

LEAGUE CALLS FOR HATE CRIME INVESTIGATION IN CATHEDRAL VANDALISM

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is calling upon the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office to initiate a hate crime investigation into the vandalism of Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

On Tuesday evening, October 23rd, Michael Patzelt, a 37 year old Attleboro man with a long criminal record, was videotaped by a passerby as he tried to destroy a 150 year old crucifix on the grounds of the cathedral.

Patzelt broke the arms of the crucifix, and then tried to tear the corpus from the cross, swinging back and forth while holding on to the legs.

The crucifix is located on the southwest side of the cathedral, near the corner of Washington Street and Monsignor Reynolds Way. Damage is estimated at $20,000.

This incident is the fourth episode of vandalism directed against a Catholic church in Massachusetts in 2023. Since 2019, there have been 44 attacks on Catholic churches, schools, cemeteries and statues in the Commonwealth.

This is also the second time in recent years that the Cathedral has been targeted.

In September, 2016, a rock was hurled through a stained glass window on the Union Park Street side of the cathedral, causing $3,000 in damages. That crime remains unsolved.

Section 127A of Chapter 266 of the Massachusetts General Laws makes it a crime to destroy, deface, mar or injure a church or synagogue in the state. Since 1994, violations of this chapter have been classified as hate crimes.

The Catholic Action League called the incident “a brazen attack on the center of Catholicism in New England, committed by a criminal with a 17 page rap sheet, in front of multiple witnesses.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “After years of understated responses, from the archdiocese, prosecutors and police, Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden spoke forthrightly and appropriately when he said ‘The level of venom and destructiveness displayed by this individual is difficult to comprehend.

“Unlike the spate of unsolved church vandalisms in Boston during 2020 and 2021, in this case, a perpetrator has been identified, arrested and arraigned.

“The Archdiocese of Boston must resist its reflexive compulsion to dismiss the offender as a poor soul in need of mental health therapy. After more than 50 unpunished attacks on Catholic churches in the state in the last decade, it is time for someone to go to jail for vandalizing a Catholic church in Boston.

“As a matter of reparative justice, Michael Patzelt needs to be held accountable for his crime.”


NEWS RELEASE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2023

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

A PRO-LIFE VICTORY IN DEEP BLUE MASSACHUSETTS

The second largest city in New England—Worcester, Massachusetts—has abandoned, at last, any and all efforts to suppress, restrict or even regulate crisis pregnancy centers in the city.

After fifteen months of public debate, parliamentary delays, conflicting legal opinions and a protracted division between the city council and the city administration, Worcester councilors voted on the evening of October 17th to file, or permanently table, the two final versions of a proposed ordinance targeting pro-life pregnancy care centers.

The vote was 7 to 4, with Mayor Joseph Petty and District One City Councilor Sean Rose, who had previously voted in favor of the ordinance, voting in the negative, with Petty remarking that the proposed ordinance was “just flat out unconstitutional.”

On July 19, 2022, the Worcester City Council voted 6 to 5 to authorize the City Manager and the City Solicitor to draft an ordinance which would compel crisis pregnancy centers to “directly provide or provide referrals for abortions or emergency contraception.”

As compliance with this proposed ordinance would be a moral impossibility for pro-life Christians, its enactment would have forced the closure of the city’s two pregnancy care centers, Clearway Clinic and Problem Pregnancy.

The measure was sponsored by the state’s first “non-binary” elected official, City Councilor Thu Nguyen, who was endorsed by Planned Parenthood.

In July of 2023 however, it was revealed that City Solicitor Michael Traynor had expressed “great reservations” about the proposed ordinance, believing that it would expose the city to costly litigation, adding that it would likely fail a First Amendment test as “content based regulation.”

In an even more remarkable development, City Manager Eric Batista, who instructed Traynor not to proceed with the draft, admitted that the measure was stalled because of opposition from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office.

Following a confrontation between the Council and the City Manager on July 18th, Batista instructed Traynor to draft an ordinance for the Council’s consideration.

Traynor produced two proposals, a Deceptive Advertising Ordinance and a Transparency in Advertising Ordinance.

In a memo to the City Manager dated August 22, 2023, Traynor argued against both measures he authored, stating that neither would pass constitutional muster.

The matter was to be taken up on August 22nd, but Councilor Donna Colorio placed a hold on discussion, delaying debate until September 12th.

On September 12th, the only clear consensus which emerged was the obvious unwillingness of councilors to take a straight up or down vote on the issue.

Some councilors asked for additional legal advice. Another wanted it referred to a city council committee. One suggested that it was, properly, a matter for the Legislature.

In the end, Traynor’s two draft ordinances were filed, and a motion by Councilor Nguyen to delay consideration for another week, while the city manager consulted “reproductive justice attorneys,” was passed.

Predictably, an attorney from the pro-abortion Lawyering Project asserted, in a letter to the City Manager on September 29th, that the Deceptive Advertising ordinance was constitutionally permissible.

In the end however, a Council majority disagreed.

Worcester is the second Massachusetts city to reject a measure targeting pregnancy care centers. On August 2nd, the Easthampton City Council failed to override the veto of a similar measure by Mayor Nicole La Chapelle.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C.J. Doyle made the following comment: “While the vote was a victory for human life, religious freedom and constitutional government, its proximate cause was a cold and calculated appreciation of the legal liabilities, and consequent fiscal burdens, that the City of Worcester and its taxpayers would have to bear defending this untenable and extremist legislation in court.

“The Massachusetts Family Institute, in threatening a lawsuit against Worcester, no doubt contributed to the more reasonable frame of mind that the council majority eventually settled upon.

“There is a lesson to be learned here for the pro-life movement. While the Legislature, the Constitutional Officers and the congressional delegation may be wholly owned subsidiaries of Planned Parenthood, the tentacles of the abortion industry do not seem to reach down as deeply and completely into the political lives of local elected officials.

“That means the pro-life movement may still have room to maneuver in the corridors of municipal government in Massachusetts.”


NEWS RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2023

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WORCESTER CITY COUNCIL DEFLECTS, ONCE AGAIN, ON BANNING PRO-LIFE PREGNANCY CENTERS

Confusion reigned, and irresolution was the order of the day, as members of the Worcester City Council sought last night to defer action, once again, on a controversial ordinance to suppress pro-life pregnancy centers in New England’s second largest city.

Fourteen months ago, on July 19, 2022, the Worcester City Council voted 6 to 5 to authorize the City Manager and the City Solicitor to draft an ordinance which would compel crisis pregnancy centers to “directly provide or provide referrals for abortions or emergency contraception.”

As compliance with this proposed ordinance would be a moral impossibility for pro-life Christians, its enactment would force the closure of the city’s two pregnancy care centers, Clearway Clinic and Problem Pregnancy.

The measure was sponsored by the state’s first “non-binary” elected official, City Councilor Thu Nguyen, who was endorsed by Planned Parenthood.

In July of 2023 however, it was revealed that City Solicitor Michael Traynor had expressed “great reservations” about the proposed ordinance, believing that it would expose the city to costly litigation, adding that it would likely fail a First Amendment test as “content based regulation.”

In an even more remarkable development, City Manager Eric Batista, who instructed Traynor not to proceed with the draft, admitted that the measure was stalled because of opposition from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office.

Following a confrontation between the Council and the City Manager on July 18th, Batista instructed Traynor to draft an ordinance for the Council’s consideration.

Traynor produced two proposals, a Deceptive Advertising Ordinance and a Transparency in Advertising Ordinance.

In a memo to the City Manager dated August 22, 2023, Traynor argued against both measures he authored, stating that neither would pass constitutional muster.

The matter was to be taken up on August 22nd, but Councilor Donna Colorio placed a hold on discussion, delaying debate until September 12th.

On September 12th, the only clear consensus which emerged was the obvious unwillingness of councilors to take a straight up or down vote on the issue.

Some councilors asked for additional legal advice. Another wanted it referred to a city council committee. One suggested that it was, properly, a matter for the Legislature.

In the end, Traynor’s two draft ordinances were filed, and a motion by Councilor Nguyen to delay consideration for another week, while the city manager consulted “reproductive justice attorneys,” was passed.

In the debate prior to the vote, Nguyen, a crude bigot, repeatedly scolded the city solicitor for including in his memo to the Council, a footnote with a case law reference, from a Catholic publication, the National Catholic Register.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Members of the Worcester City Council have painted themselves into a corner. Having postured and pandered to woke extremists, they are now confronted with the impending reality of an embarrassing legal defeat for themselves and a burdensome fiscal liability for their constituents.

This entire controversy rests on the bigoted presumption that pro-life Christians are liars and fanatics who routinely deceive women. In the alternative universe of the political Left, the mass murderers of the abortion industry are ethically upright, while those opposed to the killing are morally suspect.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2,275 pre-born children were slaughtered, in abortions, at three facilities in Worcester in 2021. No one has filed a city council motion however, calling for an ordinance banning Planned Parenthood of Central Massachusetts, and closing the other killing centers.

In civilized societies, governments pursue and punish murderers. In barbarian Massachusetts, state and local governments protect murderers and persecute the defenders of innocent life.”


MEMBER ALERT

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2023
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS OF ABORTION

The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council said, “abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.”

The evil fruits of these crimes are legion: for the innocent victims, a cruel, violent and unjust death; for the mothers, untold spiritual, moral, psychological, and often, physical injury; and for the perpetrators, the temporal and eternal consequences of a sin that crieth to heaven for vengeance.

Then, there is the calamitous harm to society: morals corrupted, families weakened, sensibilities coarsened, laws degraded, justice perverted, politics poisoned with lies, an entire culture deformed. Nations and whole civilizations are in danger of collapse from demographic implosion.

Everything from the control of borders to the sustainability of entitlements to the provision of adequate force levels for national defense are imperiled by the absence of a reproductive birth rate.

Tens of millions of children who might have grown up to know, love and serve God, and love their neighbor, have been lost. Perhaps, the ultimate tragedy of abortion is that these children died unbaptized, while still marked by original sin.

In traditional Catholic belief, expressed in the writings of the Angelic Doctor, Saint Thomas Aquinas, the victims of abortion, who are all without actual, personal, volitional sin, enjoy a state of perfect natural happiness after death, but do not attain the Beatific Vision.

As Catholics, we ought to support every worthy pro-life effort to oppose this hideous evil, and to make known to society the suffering of the innocent which this evil entails.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 9, 2023, pro-life Americans will honor the memory of more than 64 million unborn victims of abortion during the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.

Solemn prayer services will be held at gravesites throughout the United States where abortion victims have been buried, and at memorial sites dedicated in their honor.

One such service will be held tomorrow at 3pm at Holy Cross Cemetery at 175 Broadway in Malden.

Father Michael McNamara will lead a Memorial Service at the gravesite of 12 aborted babies, located just outside the cemetery office.

For more information, please contact Carmel Farrell at 508-333-2815, Francine Lavivere at 857-888-0738, or Julie Fitzgerald at jfitz33@verizon.net or at 339-235-0849.

Please join in this work of mercy!

Thank you.


MEMBER ADVISORY

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2023

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SHOCKING NEW BOOK TELLS THE TRUE STORY OF HOW SAME SEX “MARRIAGE” CAME TO MASSACHUSETTS

Longtime pro-family activist Amy Contrada, the Director of Research for Mass Resistance, has written a splendid and shocking new book, revealing how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts came to recognize sodomy as a conjugal act.

Amy’s singularly impressive book—Corrupt Bargains: How Gay Marriage Began in Massachusetts—is a painstakingly researched, comprehensively detailed, copiously documented, meticulously accurate, lucidly written and compellingly told tale of revolutionary politics and cultural upheaval.

It recounts how, through lies, corruption and contempt for constitutional norms and democratic governance, the deformity of marriage was brought to Massachusetts, and ultimately, to the rest of America.

As Amy’s careful scholarship makes clear, this moral catastrophe, which debased our civilization, could not have been perpetrated without the deceptions, duplicity and hypocrisy of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, one of the great posers of contemporary American politics.

When even the court itself recognized that it could not order the Legislature to change the state’s marriage laws, Romney, who had made clandestine commitments to Log Cabin Republicans, instructed the Department of Public Health to begin issuing arbitrarily and unlawfully altered marriage licenses to same sex couples.

Then Romney’s Legal Counsel, the socially liberal Dan Winslow, began threatening justices of the peace with “personal liability” if they failed to perform same sex ceremonies, while demanding that city and town clerks with conscientious objections resign.

In examining Romney’s Janus-faced role in same sex marriage, homosexual adoption and emergency contraception, Amy Contrada unlocks the secret to Romney’s sordid career: that Romney, for political gain, has always been willing to collaborate with, or at least acquiesce in, America’s cultural revolution, while pretending to oppose it.

Romney, of course, was not alone. As Amy explains, a narrow, four judge majority (out of seven) on the Commonwealth’s Supreme Judicial Court dismissed, with Olympian arrogance, thousands of years of moral, legal, philosophical and theological consensus on marriage—in other words, natural law—as mere prejudice.

The court then went on to claim, preposterously, that a constitution written in 1780 by John and Sam Adams, and by James Bowdoin—and which actually excluded the judiciary from causes of marriage—contained a heretofore unheard of right for two persons of the same gender to attempt matrimony.

Meanwhile, legislators, in a clear dereliction of duty, disregarded their oath bound responsibilities, and refused to vote on a constitutional amendment to preserve traditional marriage. They did this to serve the powerful special interest—the homosexual lobby—which helped finance the election campaigns which sustained their tawdry careers.

Amy also points out that while grass-roots activists were determined to stop this social revolution through judicial fiat, some establishment pro-family organizations allowed themselves to be taken in by the programmed to fail Romney charade.

The only consideration that the Catholic Action League would add to Amy Contrada’s thorough and thoughtful analysis is one question.

Divorce came to the Republic of Ireland in 1986 after revelations of sexual abuse discredited the moral authority of the Catholic Church in that country. Spearheading the attack on the Church was Ireland’s major media institution, the post-Protestant, neo-Unionist Irish Times.

Was it a coincidence therefore, that just as the same sex marriage cause—the Goodridge case—began winding its way through Massachusetts courts, that New England’s major media institution, the anti-Catholic Boston Globe, unleashed its sex abuse jihad against the Catholic Church in January of 2002?

Amy Contrada has made a valuable contribution to the historical record. Corrupt Bargains will remain, for decades to come, the definitive, authoritative work on this tragedy for Western Christian Civilization.

As the official narrative, peddled by establishment journalists and academics, will tell a false story, it is vitally important that Americans who believe in moral sanity and constitutional government become familiar with Amy Contrada’s great triumph of truth telling, Corrupt Bargains.

You may order this historic book at www.MassResistance.org/gaymarriagebook.

Thank you.


MEMBER ADVISORY

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2023

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LEAGUE MOURNS ROBERT HICKSON

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is mourning the death of Professor Robert Hickson, Ph.D., and Colonel, USA, Retired.

Robert died early this morning, after a long illness. A resident of Front Royal, Virginia, he was 80 years old.

Robert Hickson died as he lived, as a Christian, surrounded by his loving family, and sustained and comforted by the sacraments of the Church.

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and of the University of North Carolina, Robert Hickson combined, in one extraordinary lifetime, the eclectic vocations of soldier, scholar, teacher, author, historian, philosopher, classicist, literary critic, strategist, Special Forces officer and defense intelligence expert.

A detailed recitation of his multiple and distinguished academic and professional credits is beyond the possible scope of this Advisory.

Robert Hickson was a patriot, a profound thinker, a gifted educator, a brilliant and insightful writer, a loyal servant of his country and a Christian gentleman. He was a faithful husband, a loving father, and a fervent, pious and devout traditional Catholic. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

Robert was also a longtime friend to the Catholic Action League.

Please pray for the repose of his soul, and for the consolation of his heartbroken family.

The Catholic Action League wishes to extend its profound and heartfelt condolences to Robert's wife Maike, and to his children Isabella Maria and Robert Richard, on the occasion of their grievous loss.

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)


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

SEPTEMBER 1, 2023—Published by The Boston Globe on September 6, 2023

Letters to the Editor
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To the Editor:

In her third column in 17 months castigating Worcester Bishop Robert J. McManus, former Catholic Yvonne Abraham continues to be offended that Catholic beliefs about sexuality differ from her views in this matter, (Where intolerance is an article of faith, 8/30/2023).

Ultimately, Abraham’s argument is with the First Amendment. She seems to have trouble accepting the right of a church to uphold its own teachings in its own institutions.

No one is forced to attend a Catholic school. Asking those who do to respect its religious ethos is not unreasonable.

Many parents sacrifice to send their child to a Catholic school, expecting its values to be different from those of public education.

Yvonne Abraham would deprive those parents of that right.

Sincerely,

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

Note from C. J. Doyle: It would be more accurate to say that, ultimately, Yvonne Abraham’s argument is with Almighty God. In temporal affairs however, her argument is, indeed, with the Bill of Rights.


PRESS STATEMENT

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2023

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McCARRICK ESCAPES TEMPORAL JUSTICE

On August 30th, reporter Alice Giordano of The Epoch Times contacted the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, seeking a comment from C. J. Doyle regarding the dismissal of criminal charges against the defrocked former cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick.

On July 26, 2021, the disgraced ex-cleric was charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 years of age, in a criminal complaint filed by the Wellesley, Massachusetts, Police Department.

McCarrick was arraigned in Dedham District Court, in Norfolk County, on September 3, 2021.

The complaint stemmed from a June 8, 1974 incident, where McCarrick, allegedly, committed a sexual assault on a male juvenile, 16 years old, at a wedding reception at Wellesley College. At the time, McCarrick was a domestic prelate and a secretary to the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Terence Cooke.

Because he then left the Commonwealth to return to New York, the statute of limitations was suspended.

In April of 2023, McCarrick’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case, claiming he was incompetent to stand trial.

His attorneys told the court that McCarrick was examined by a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who concluded the former cardinal suffers from dementia, likely due to Alzheimer’s disease.

A forensic psychologist, engaged by the prosecution, agreed. Doctor Kerry Nelligan told the court that “significant cognitive deficits are present and, in my opinion, they cause significant impairment in his competence-related abilities.”

On August 30th, following a motion from the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, Justice Paul McCallum, of Dedham District Court, dismissed all charges against the defendant.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment:

“By any measure, Theodore McCarrick was the most depraved cleric in the history of American Catholicism.”

“Throughout his evil life, McCarrick revealed himself to be a moral monster, a sexual pervert, a serial predator, a posturing hypocrite, a pathological liar, a faithless priest, a worldly prelate, an ambitious careerist, an ecclesiastical modernist, a callous transgressor of solemn vows and a fawning sycophant to pro-abortion politicians—like the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.”

“It is a pity that this fiend will not be brought to the bar of civil justice, but he awaits, in the not too distant future, a higher and more final judgement.”


NEWS RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2023

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HOLY CROSS SLAMS DIOCESE OF WORCESTER

The President of the Jesuit administered College of the Holy Cross—the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in New England—has criticized Bishop Robert J. McManus and the Diocese of Worcester for upholding Catholic teaching, and biological reality, in diocesan schools.

In an email message to the College community, Vincent D. Rougeau said: “Recently, the Diocese of Worcester announced a new policy on gender, sexuality and sexual identity across its 21 schools. This policy does not apply to Holy Cross. It not only challenges our deeply held values, it targets specific identities and people in our community and surrounding county.”

Rougeau then added “I look forward to next Friday’s Welcome Back BBQueer and to meeting with leaders from Outfront and Pride in September.”

The Diocese of Worcester instruction on sexuality and sexual identity for Catholic schools, announced on August 15th, exhorts students to the virtues of modesty and chastity, prohibits expressions of same sex attraction, and expects students to conduct themselves at school in a manner consistent with their biological sex.

The Bishop’s instruction only applies to elementary and secondary schools, not Catholic colleges. Rougeau’s statement was issued, apparently, on his own initiative, and was not in response to media inquiries.

Identified on the college website as “the first lay and the first Black president in the College’s history,” Rougeau is an advocate of racial discrimination in academic admissions, who wrote a column last May for The Boston Globe, in which he rebuked Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—a Holy Cross alumnus—for his opposition to affirmative action.

In addition to his leadership of Holy Cross, Rougeau serves on the Board of Directors of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a Mass General Brigham affiliate which performs abortions, distributes contraceptives, installs IUDs and does in vitro fertilizations.

The Catholic Action League called Rougeau’s statement ““another scandalous milestone in the institutional apostasy of the once Catholic Holy Cross.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Rougeau’s remarks reflect the highest values of the now thoroughly de-Christianized College of the Holy Cross: cultural conformity, theological modernism and institutional fundraising targeting affluent Catholic liberals.”

“At a time when the Bishop of Worcester is being savaged in the mainstream media for upholding Catholic beliefs, the leading Catholic college in his diocese, instead of defending him, has joined the chorus of critics.”

“Holy Cross is one of the most corrupt Jesuit institutions in America. In March of 2022, the college had an actual abortionist, Anna Lowell, who has brutally and violently ended the lives of hundreds of unborn children, participate in a panel discussion on women’s health.”

“The faculty includes Tat-siong Benny Liew, a Professor of New Testament Studies. In 2018, he was rebuked by Bishop McManus for his vile, depraved and blasphemous assertions that Our Blessed Lord and Savior—the Second Person of the Holy Trinity—experienced impure and unnatural desires.”

“While their own Catholic bishop is unwelcome at Holy Cross, the College invited, last November, an ex-Catholic, Episcopalian lesbian, who pretends to be a bishop, to speak in the college chapel.”

“There was a time when bishops were expected to instruct Catholic colleges about preserving their Catholic identity. Now, ‘Catholic’ college presidents take it upon themselves to instruct bishops on the need to be subservient to elite opinion, and maintain secular, post-Christian attitudes in Catholic institutions. The inmates, it would seem, are running the asylum.”


ACTION ALERT!

MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 2023

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SUPPORT BISHOP MCMANUS!

The Bishop of Worcester, the Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, is the target of a vicious, mendacious and defamatory smear campaign orchestrated by media wolves, LGBT militants and pro-abortion politicians.

In the last two weeks, there have been, at least, twenty hostile newspaper articles and biased television news reports maligning him. The Bishop has even been accused—absurdly and unjustly—of “perpetuating violence.”

His only crime: upholding moral sanity, biological reality and perennial Catholic teaching in his own diocesan schools.

The Bishop’s courageous instruction on gender and sexuality—rooted in Divine Revelation and Natural Law—exhorts students to the Christian virtue of modesty and the capital virtue of chastity, prohibits expressions of same sex attraction, and expects students to conduct themselves at school in a manner consistent with their biological sex.

For this, Bishop McManus is being slandered, vilified and demonized.

There is relentless, mounting and organized pressure on the Bishop, and upon his Superintendent of Schools, Doctor David Perda, to revoke or water down the instruction.

It is vitally important that Bishop McManus and Doctor Perda know that they are not alone in this controversy, that faithful Catholics, other Christians who believe in Biblical morality, and many persons of goodwill support them in preserving Christian principles in Catholic schools.

Please contact Bishop McManus and David Perda and tell them that you support them, commend them and stand behind them!

Please tell them that you want them to go forward with the new instruction announced on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15th!

You may reach Bishop McManus at bishopsoffice@worcesterdiocese.org or at 508-929-4345.

Doctor David Perda may be reached at dperda@worcesterdiocese.org or at 508-929-4317.

August 28th is the Feast of Saint Augustine, the Doctor of Grace, who reminded us, 1,600 years ago, that “Whoever wishes to be a friend of this world, says Scripture, will be reckoned an enemy of God.”

Bishop McManus has demonstrated that he would rather endure the enmity of this world than lose the friendship of God.

Please let him know that you support him.

Thank you.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

AUGUST 25, 2023

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To the Editor,

The intolerant, authoritarian message of those protesting against the Diocese of Worcester is that Catholics have no right to uphold their own beliefs in their own institutions, (‘It’s bringing us back to the Dark Ages’: Rally protests diocese school policy, August 24, 2023).

The offensive and defamatory lie—peddled by one of the rally organizers—that a school policy founded on Catholic sexual ethics is “an act of violence,” is a pretext and a formula to censor, silence and marginalize Catholics, and anyone else, who believes in traditional moral values.

No one is forced to attend a Catholic school, which is a private institution, guaranteed the free exercise of religion by the U.S. Constitution.

Those who reject and revile Catholic beliefs have no business dictating the standards and practices of Catholic education.

Sincerely,

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


NEWS RELEASE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2023

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HOMOSEXUAL RALLY DEMANDS SUBMISSION FROM CATHOLICS

Homosexual militants in Worcester, Massachusetts are demanding that Catholics abandon the Bible, the Catechism and natural law, and submit to homosexual ideology.

Dozens of same sex activists demonstrated in front of the Chancery of the Diocese of Worcester last night, denouncing Bishop Robert McManus for his attempts to preserve the Catholic character of Catholic schools.

On August 15th, the Diocese of Worcester issued a new directive for Catholic schools—Catholic Education and the Human Person / Diocesan policy for schools regarding sexuality and sexual identity.

This directive requires all students at Catholic schools in the diocese to be identified according to their biological sex, and to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with Catholic moral principles.

It calls students to chastity, prohibits displays of romantic or sexual affection, and encourages students to demonstrate modesty in language, appearance, dress and behavior.

A Catholic school policy, consistent with Christian anthropology and perennial Catholic moral teaching, sparked paroxysms of anger among homosexual activists, who denounced the bishop to the media, organized a petition drive against his directive and brought protesters to the Chancery last night.

While one Boston television reporter claimed that the demonstration was spreading “a message of love,” participants displayed signs reviling Catholic beliefs as hatred, ignorance and bigotry, and calling for the investigation of the Catholic Church.

One of the organizers of the protest, Joshua Croke of Love Your Labels, slandered Bishop McManus last week, making the outrageously false accusation, without a scintilla of evidence, that the bishop promoted violence against homosexuals.

Croke told The Boston Globe “Bishop McManus has for many years now been perpetuating harms and what I would consider violence against LGBTQ+ folks, especially our young people, and this policy is just an added layer of his intention to cause harm.”

Croke repeated this defamatory lie when he told The Patch that unless the Catholic Church affirms and celebrates the homosexual identity, then it is “contributing to the violence we face daily as LGBTQ+ people.”

One of the speakers at the rally was State Senator Robyn Kennedy (D-Worcester), who claimed that her Catholic education taught her that the Bible was about love. In 2022, Kennedy was endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, for her loving commitment to the surgical dismemberment of unborn children.

The Catholic Action League called the event “a homosexual hate rally to demonize Catholic beliefs, castigate the bishop, and force the Church into compliance with homosexual demands.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Last night’s protest tells us all we know about the totalitarian trajectory of the so-called ‘Gays Rights’ movement, which began, purportedly, to address (largely non-existent) discrimination against homosexuals in housing and employment, and has now evolved to the point where fanatics who despise our religion can demand that Catholic beliefs be suppressed in Catholic schools.”

“Homosexual supremacists want to silence Catholics by insisting that any moral objection to sodomy is an incitement to violence. As Joshua Croke has said, Catholics must not only accept and tolerate homosexuality, but affirm and celebrate it.”

“The homosexual movement is not interested in accommodation. It wants nothing less than the surrender and submission of Catholics. In Worcester, it wants a veto over what the Catholic Church can say and teach in its own institutions. The arrogance is astonishing.”

“Catholics, and all persons of goodwill, must support Bishop McManus in this controversy.


MEMBER ADVISORY

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2023

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A REQUEST FOR PRAYERS

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Melissa Bagley, the mother of four from Lynn, Massachusetts, who drowned in Franconia Falls, New Hampshire, on August 15th, while attempting, heroically, to rescue her ten year old son, who had fallen into the Pemigewasset River.

The boy was eventually saved and will recover.

Please pray also for her husband, Lieutenant Sean Bagley of the Everett, Massachusetts Police Department, and for her children, all of whom have suffered such a grievous, unexpected and heartbreaking loss.

The Bagley family are members of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Swampscott.

Melissa was the sister-in-law of Dan Bagley, who is a longtime member of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen. May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Thank you.


 

NEWS RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2023

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LEAGUE HAILS BISHOP McMANUS FOR HIS DEFENSE OF CATHOLIC TEACHING

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today commended the Bishop of Worcester, the Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, for his defense of Catholic Faith and morals.

Yesterday, August 15th, the Diocese of Worcester issued a new instruction for Catholic schools—Catholic Education and the Human Person / Diocesan policy for schools regarding sexuality and sexual identity.

This instruction requires all students at Catholic schools in the diocese to be identified according to their biological sex, and to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with Catholic moral principles.

It states: “All entities of the Catholic Church are for the purpose of furthering the saving mission of Jesus Christ and must operate in accord with the truth revealed by God in both natural law and divine revelation. In particular, our Catholic schools must remain in the fullness of the truth in order to carry out their proper mission.

The new policy reaffirms previous prohibitions against bullying, harassment, or threats or acts of violence against any student based on that student’s perceived sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

It calls students to chastity, prohibits displays of romantic or sexual affection, and encourages students to demonstrate modesty in language, appearance, dress and behavior.

Students will be prohibited from expressing, advocating, or celebrating same sex attraction, and will be expected to comport themselves in a manner corresponding with their biological sex, which will be reflected on all school documents.

Students who, through expressions of sexuality, mislead others, or cause confusion, disruption or scandal, will be subject to removal from the school, “whose primary goal must always be to uphold Catholic truths and principles.

Significantly, the document maintains that no Catholic school must be forced to submit to any law, regulation or judicial decision involving gender identity “inconsistent with the doctrine and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.”

There are 21 Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Worcester. All are administered either by the diocese or by a religious order.

Unlike the Archdiocese of Boston, where attempts to formulate school policy on gender dysphoria have resulted in bitter contention, leaks to the press, and a forced resignation from its study committee, the Diocese of Worcester has managed to devise a straightforward policy founded upon perennial Catholic teaching.

The Catholic Action League called the Bishop’s instruction an “act of courage and fidelity, which underscores the necessity of the Church being counter-cultural in modern society.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Catholic schools were built by and for the Catholic community, whose children have a right to an authentically Catholic education.”

“Catholic parents should enjoy the reasonable expectation that Catholic schools will provide a genuine alternative to the secular values and practices—often inimical to Christian morality and parental rights—which prevail in the government controlled public school system.”

“Finally, the Catholic faithful should have the right to hear the truth of the Church’s teachings, without their beliefs being reprobated or their religious leaders being demonized by secular society.”

“Catholics should regard the opprobrium and the ad hominem attacks which will now be visited upon Bishop McManus as testimony to his loyalty and to his integrity.”


NEWS RELEASE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2023

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LEAGUE HAILS DEFEAT OF ORDINANCE WHICH TARGETED CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is hailing the defeat of a proposed municipal ordinance which targeted pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.

Yesterday evening, August 2nd, the City Council of Easthampton, Massachusetts, in Hampshire County, failed to override the July 6th veto of the proposed ordinance by Mayor Nicole LaChapelle. The mayor, a proponent of legal abortion, cited fiscal concerns arising from litigation which would be expected if the ordinance were to be enacted.

The City Council had passed the measure on July 5th with what was believed to be a veto proof majority. The July 5th vote was 6 to 1, with one abstention.

Last night, two Councilors, including Council President Homar Gomez, changed their positions. The final vote was 5 to 3 to override the veto, one vote short of the necessary two-thirds majority.

The measure, which embraced the language of the abortion industry by deriding pro-life centers as “limited service pregnancy centers,” promoted the lie that they are engaged in widespread deceptive advertising, and would have facilitated the legal and bureaucratic harassment of such centers by encouraging Easthampton residents to file consumer complaints against them.

The only pregnancy care center in Easthampton is Bethlehem House, which is affiliated with the Diocese of Springfield. It was vandalized by abortion fanatics in August of 2022.

The Catholic Action League applauded the override failure as “a victory for the First Amendment rights of crisis pregnancy centers, whose faith based ministries offer women compassionate alternatives to abortion.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “This entire movement to target, demonize and restrict crisis pregnancy centers using contrived and unfounded claims of deception has its origins in an abortion industry, which has a compelling financial interest in suppressing its opposition.”

“Many of the lies peddled by this disinformation campaign are extravagant in their recklessness, cynicism and malevolence, such as Senator Elizabeth Warren’s calumny that pro-life citizens mean women harm, or Governor Maura Healey’s claim that crisis pregnancy centers ‘prevent people from accessing abortion and contraception.’”

“What does it say about elected officials who defend abortion, that they are so ready to believe that pro-life Christians are frauds and charlatans who deceive and prey upon women? It tells us that the secular left is populated with intolerant bigots who have a deep seated animus against religious believers, particularly Catholics.”

“Since fiscal prudence and a well founded concern about the costs of litigation seem to be the only restraints on municipal leaders in this controversy, the pro-life community ought to remember that this victory can be traced, ultimately, to the President Donald Trump majority on the U.S. Supreme Court.”


PRESS STATEMENT

SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2023

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

BAY STATE PROMOTES GENDER CONFUSION

On July 27th, Mr. Bob Katzen, Publisher of Beacon Hill Roll Call, contacted the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, seeking a comment on Senate Bill 2429, An Act Relative to Gender Identity on Massachusetts Identification.

This proposed law, if enacted, would have four effects.

A third gender designation—X, in addition to M and F—would be allowed on all public documents issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles which identify Massachusetts residents. These documents would include driver’s licenses, learner’s permits, state identification cards and liquor purchase identification cards.

On their application to the Registry for such a document, a person would be permitted to choose their gender designation, regardless of their biological sex. This choice could include gender X.

The Registry of Motor Vehicles, under Republican Governor Charlie Baker, has actually permitted the use of the Gender X designation since November of 2019.

This was a decision of the Registrar, taken in collaboration with the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

What S.2429 does is give a policy change the force of law, converting a revocable executive branch decision by a bureaucrat into a statute, which will become part of the Massachusetts General Laws.

Secondly, any person over eighteen years of age, or in the case of a minor, their parent or guardian, would be permitted, retroactively, to alter their birth certificate to designate their sex as X, or to some other, yet unspecified, designation.

Thirdly, a person will be permitted, retroactively, to amend their certificate of marriage, altering both their name and their gender designation, which could include gender X, or some other potential gender designation.

Finally, all state agencies which minister to young people—including the Department of Youth Services, the Department of Families and Children and the Department of Mental Health—will be required to disseminate to the the charges in their care information on changing their sex and gender designations and to establish protocols to assist them in this process.

S.2429 was passed to be engrossed by the Massachusetts Senate on July 27th. The vote was unanimous, 39-0, with all 36 Democrats and all three Republicans voting in the affirmative, (there is one vacancy in the chamber).

The measure will now be taken up by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment:

“This bill will require the Commonwealth to affirm and give legal sanction to the ideologically driven delusion that gender is a subjective social construct, which can be altered arbitrarily and capriciously, rather than what it actually is, which is an objective and immutable biological reality.”

“It will make government a party to this delusion. It will confuse and falsify public records, and compel government employees, in some cases, against their consciences, to participate in this falsification.”

“It will result in discrimination in public employment against those who hold a traditional understanding of reality, and will make the investigation of offenders more difficult for law enforcement.”

“Section 4 of the bill will essentially empower government bureaucrats who administer programs for youth to proselytize the minors in their care for so-called gender transitioning.”

“It is an insane and malign proposal, and it ought to be rejected.”


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

JULY 27, 2023

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

To the Editor,

The overt bias, loaded language and utter lack of critical analysis of one side’s motives and assertions, made Kinga Borondy’s article on crisis pregnancy centers read more like an op-ed piece than a news story, (Massachusetts lawmakers seek to clarify ‘crisis pregnancy center’ language used in ads, 7/26/2023).

Borondy actually drew a distinction between pro-life care centers and what she described as “legitimate centers.”

Her panegyric to State Senator Becca Rausch—“She has been fighting for decades to ensure that all people have full autonomy to make medical choices”—could have passed for campaign literature.

Borondy treated unproven allegations made against crisis pregnancy centers as facts, and uncontested facts, pointed out by their defenders, as claims.

Borondy’s article underscores the problem which arises when a reporter conflates the role of an advocate with that of journalist.

Sincerely,

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


PRESS STATEMENT

FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2023

Contact: C. J. Doyle,
(617) 524-6309
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www.catholicactionleague.org

INSANITY AT MARQUETTE

Mr. Lonnie Brennan, Publisher of the Boston Broadside, contacted the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts seeking a comment about the decision of Marquette University in Wisconsin to offer, for a fee, “Gender Affirming Voice Therapy” for minors.

This means that adolescents who suffer from the delusion that they are “transitioning” to another gender will be coached on how to either feminize or masculinize their voice and mannerisms.

The institution facilitating and profiting from this gender dysphoria, Marquette, is a Catholic university administered by the Society of Jesus.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Marquette’s speech therapy program affirms a lie, profits from a disorder, and abandons victims to an illness.”

“It represents a direct repudiation of natural law, Christian anthropology and the Sovereignty of God—‘male and female he created them’.”

“Marquette is uniquely corrupt, even by Jesuit standards. Its Board of Trustees includes Jesuit Father Michael A. Zampelli, an openly homosexual priest and Dignity activist who was a Director and Treasurer of the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministries.”

“Virtually all Catholic colleges, universities and elite secondary schools in this country are controlled by culturally conforming, bourgeois liberals, who support abortion, contraception and sodomy, along with open borders, ‘diversity’ and the Democrat Party.”

“The bishops, even the so-called good ones, do absolutely nothing. The corruption is pervasive, longstanding, and institutional.

“A reasonable estimate of the number of Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States, which are actually Catholic, would probably be in the range of three to five percent.”

“Catholics have been dispossessed. The vast infrastructure of once Catholic colleges and universities in America, built up with much labor, cost and sacrifice for over two hundred years, is no longer in the hands of believing and orthodox Catholics.”

“Moreover, no one has a plan, a determination or even a clue on how to reclaim them.”


NEWS RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2023

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

WORCESTER SINKS ORDINANCE TO CLOSE CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS

The chief executive and the chief legal officer of the City of Worcester are unwilling to proceed with a proposed municipal ordinance which would shut down pro-life pregnancy care centers in New England’s second largest city.

On July 19, 2022, the Worcester City Council voted 6 to 5 to authorize the City Manager and the City Solicitor to draft an ordinance which would compel crisis pregnancy centers to “directly provide or provide referrals for abortions or emergency contraception.”

As compliance with this proposed ordinance would be a moral impossibility for pro-life Christians, its enactment would force the closure of the city’s two pregnancy care centers, Clearway Clinic and Problem Pregnancy.

The measure was sponsored by the state’s first “non-binary” elected official, City Councilor Thu Nguyen, who was endorsed by Planned Parenthood.

According to a July 17th story in the Worcester Patch, City Solicitor Michael Traynor expressed “great reservations” about the proposed ordinance.

City Manager Eric Batista agreed with Traynor. In a statement, Batista said: “The options before the city are to draft a local ordinance that would likely be challenged, leaving the city exposed to potential fees and litigation, or an ordinance that provides no further protections for residents than state law currently does.”

In an even more remarkable development, Councilor Nguyen claims that the measure was stalled because of opposition from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office.

According to Batista, “The city solicitor spoke with a representative in the Attorney General’s office who informed the solicitor that they were not recommending” the measure.

While campaigning for governor in 2022, then Attorney General Maura Healey issued a press release and a Consumer Advisory denouncing crisis pregnancy centers. The current Attorney General, Andrea Campbell, actually campaigned for office on the promise to “Expose Crisis Pregnancy Centers.”

During last night’s (July 18th’s) City Council meeting, Batista, when questioned by Nguyen about why the proposed ordinance was not brought forward, replied “I was not comfortable doing that with the legal liability.”

Traynor then added that the ordinance would be a “content based regulation,” a likely First Amendment violation.

In a tactical retreat, Nguyen is now prepared to separate the abortion referral mandate from the regulatory provisions of the ordinance.

A supporter of the ordinance, Mayor Joseph Petty, who chairs the City Council, will have the Council revisit the measure in August.

The Catholic Action League called last night’s outcome “a temporary victory, at least, for common sense, constitutional rights, and legal sanity.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Eric Batista, Michael Traynor, and the Councilors who opposed this repressive ordinance are to be commended for their fidelity to their oath of office, in the face of the hysterical lies and the totalitarian ambitions of the woke Council majority.”

“It is a glaring sign, however, of the manifest extremism and the patent unconstitutionality of this measure that even the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, dominated in recent years by some of the most strident abortion proponents in Bay State history, is now advising against this profoundly problematic ordinance.”

“In its 2018 ruling in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, the U. S. Supreme Court overturned a California law which required faith based crisis pregnancy centers to present information on abortion to the women they served.”

“The Worcester city councilors who voted for this ordinance knew that it would never pass constitutional muster nor survive judicial scrutiny. Their vote was a cynical exercise in pandering to their political base while appeasing one of the most powerful special interests in the Commonwealth—Planned Parenthood.”

“They ought to be ashamed of themselves, but that would require a functioning conscience.”

In the twelve months since the initial resolution authorizing the drafting of the ordinance, no spokesman for the Catholic Church in Massachusetts has, to our knowledge, issued a public comment on it.


HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY FROM THE CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS!

Brigadier General Stephen Moylan

As we celebrate the 247th anniversary of the independence of our nation on this Fourth of July, we might consider asking a simple, but largely unexplored question.

Who first called this country The United States of America?

Thomas Jefferson’s original, so-called Rough Draft, of the Declaration of Independence, dated June 11, 1776, twice refers to the United States of America.

The final version of the Declaration contains the phrase “united States of America,” but it is not a proper name, as the u in united is now in lower case.

The headline of the Declaration reads “The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,” while the concluding paragraph of the text begins “We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled...

In that same paragraph, further down, Jefferson refers to “these United Colonies.

On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia—the Father of American Independence—offered a resolution to the Continental Congress which read:

“Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States....”

The adoption of this resolution by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, was the legislative authorization for the Declaration of Independence.

When and where, therefore, was the formal and enduring proper name of our country first used?

On January 2, 1776—five months before Jefferson’s Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence—an aide to General George Washington wrote a letter to the General’s Military Secretary, Colonel Joseph Reed.

That letter, dated eight days before the publication of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, contains the first recorded usage of the term United States of America.

The author of the letter was the Muster Master-General of the Continental Army, Stephen Moylan, of Philadelphia, by way of County Cork.

Moylan, cognizant of the logistical deficiencies of the fledgling army, urged the appointment of an envoy to Spain—whose arsenal in Havana would prove to be an invaluable source of arms and powder later in the war.

Offering himself for the post, Moylan wrote: “I should like vastly to go with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain.”

Born in Cork City in 1737, Stephen Moylan was educated, along with his brother Francis, (the future Bishop of Cork) by the Jesuit Fathers of Paris.

After three years in Lisbon as the agent for his family’s commercial and shipping interests, Moylan emigrated to Philadelphia in 1768.

The Proprietary Province of Pennsylvania was a haven of toleration for Catholics in British North America. Catholics were even permitted to engage in public worship. The Mother Church of the Philadelphia, Saint Mary’s, was opened in 1763.

Recommended to Washington by John Dickinson, Moylan quickly advanced from Muster Master in 1775, to Aide de Camp to the Commander-in-Chief in March of 1776, to Quarter-Master General of the Continental Army in June of 1776.

In 1777, Moylan would raise and command a regiment of dragoons—Moylan’s Horse. Following the resignation of General Casimir Pulaski, Moylan would become, in 1778, the Commander of the Cavalry Corp of the Continental Army.

From the Siege of Boston in 1776 to the Battle of Yorktown in 1781, Moylan was present at virtually every major engagement of Continental forces.

In November of 1783, the Confederation Congress breveted Moylan a Brigadier General for his gallant service during the War of Independence.

With the restoration of peace, Moylan returned to his family’s mercantile business. In 1793, President George Washington appointed Moylan Federal Commissioner of Loans for the District of Pennsylvania.

That same year, the Governor of Pennsylvania appointed Moylan Major General of Militia for Chester and Delaware Counties

Stephen Moylan died in Philadelphia, at the age of 74, in 1811.

Happy Independence Day!

God Save the United States of America!


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

JUNE 24, 2023 — Published on July 2

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

To the Editor,

The Telegram & Gazette story on the lawsuit filed against Clearway Clinic made reference to an order—sponsored by Councilor-At-Large Thu Nguyen—which was passed by the Worcester City Council on June 19, 2022, (Lawsuit alleges Worcester antiabortion clinic’s missed diagnosis threatened woman’s life, 6/22/2023).

According to the story by reporter Marco Cartolano, the order instructed the city solicitor to draft an ordinance “regulating” pro-life pregnancy care centers and preventing them, allegedly, “from making false advertisements.”

Actually, the Nguyen measure is far more draconian. As the Telegram revealed at the time, the order mandated that pro-life pregnancy centers “must either directly provide or provide referrals for abortions or emergency contraception.”

If such an ordinance is ever enacted, it would force the closure of both crisis pregnancy centers in Worcester, as compliance with this provision would be a moral impossibility for pro-life Christians.

Their ultimate closure is the likely intent of Councilor Nguyen, who was endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.

Sincerely,

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


PRESS STATEMENT

FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2023

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

BAY STATE PREGNANCY CARE CENTER TARGETED BY LAWSUIT

On Friday afternoon, June 23rd, NBC10 Boston contacted the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, seeking a comment from C. J. Doyle on the lawsuit filed against the Clearway Clinic, by a woman claiming that the center endangered her by allegedly misdiagnosing an ectopic pregnancy.

Clearway Clinic is one of two pro-life pregnancy care centers in the City of Worcester.

The plaintiff in the suit is being represented by Shannon Liss-Riordan, a labor lawyer who sought, unsuccessfully, the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts Attorney-General in 2022. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette has described Liss-Riordan as “a vocal proponent of the right to an abortion.”

One of the organizations behind the abortion industry campaign to quell pregnancy care centers, Reproductive Equity Now, is publicly supporting the lawsuit.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment to NBC10 Boston:

“Faith based crisis pregnancy centers have been operating in Massachusetts, without incident, since the early 1970’s. They offer women in troubled pregnancies compassionate alternatives to abortion, and assist them with their personal and material needs.

Unlike Planned Parenthood, they receive no taxpayer funding, and do not charge for their services.

Since the leak of the Dobbs decision, these pro-life pregnancy centers have been the object of a campaign of demonization led by NARAL Pro-Choice America, Reproductive Equity Now, and other abortion proponents.

These pro-life centers are now the target of incendiary rhetoric by left-wing politicians, shut down demands from the abortion industry, municipal attempts to restrict or suppress them, and even criminal violence by abortion fanatics.

It was only a matter of time before one of these centers became the target of a lawsuit. Hopefully, justice will be rendered for all parties in this matter.

Whatever the circumstances of this case however, one hopes that it will not become a pretext to bankrupt and force the closure of Clearway Clinic through protracted litigation—also known as lawfare.”

In a statement to the Telegram & Gazette, a spokesperson for Clearway said “Clearway Clinic has served more than 10,000 women and their families in the Worcester area for the past 22 years at no cost and have never had a complaint like this in the past. We hope to continue to provide needed services to women and their families in Massachusetts for many more years.”

On July 7, 2022, Clearway Clinic, along with Problem Pregnancy of Worcester, made national news when they were vandalized by the domestic terrorist group Jane’s Revenge.

On July 19, 2022, twelve days after the attack, the Worcester City Council voted in favor of a resolution instructing the City Manager and the City Solicitor to craft an ordinance which would effectively ban pregnancy care centers in the city, by forcing them to make abortion referrals and distribute so-called emergency contraception.

As of June, 2023, no action has been on the proposed ordinance.

The statement by the Catholic Action League was quoted in news stories by both NBC10 Boston and New England Cable News (NECN).


An Introductory Note By C. J. Doyle

Jeff Jacoby is a never Trump, libertarian voting columnist who is often identified as a conservative. He has written for The Boston Globe since 1994. From 1987 to 1994, Jacoby was the Chief Editorial Writer for the Boston Herald.

Like his employers at the Globe, Jacoby has a long record of hostility to Catholicism. The Venerable Servant of God Pius XII, Cardinal Jozef Glemp, the Carmelite Nuns of Auschwitz and the Catholic Nationalists of Ireland have been the objects of his rancor.

During the homosexual abuse crisis which convulsed the Archdiocese of Boston two decades ago, Jacoby enlightened Catholics with a theological instruction. He explained that there were not four, by five marks of the Church—One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Sinful.

Occasionally, Jacoby’s anti-Catholicism has descended from the malign to the absurd, as when he informed his readers that the real reason that the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth was because they were fleeing the Spanish Inquisition.

Jacoby once made—without citing a source—the preposterous claim that Pope John XXIII had composed a prayer begging God’s forgiveness for how Catholics had treated Jews. When I contacted him inquiring about his source, I received no reply.

One of the enduring targets of Jacoby’s almost pathological malice, which has spanned his career at two Boston newspapers, has been the pro-life former President of the Massachusetts Senate, William M. Bulger.

One of the founding members of the Board of Advisors of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, Bill Bulger has been a friend to this organization for more than thirty years.

Jacoby struck again, on June 14th, with his campaign of damnatio memoriae. This was my response.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

JUNE 14, 2023

Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
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Boston, MA 02109-2132
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To the Editor:

The death of the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, afforded Jeff Jacoby an excuse to malign, once again, the 89 year old man whom Jacoby has despised and reviled for decades, former Massachusetts Senate President William M. Bulger, (Unabomber’s death calls to mind a tale of two brothers, 6/14/2023).

Jacoby’s attempt to draw an invidious comparison between Bulger and Kaczynski’s brother David—based upon their respective responses to their siblings’ crimes—was gratuitous and mean spirited.

Jacoby omits, conveniently, the salient fact that William Bulger’s concern that his brother would die in law enforcement custody proved to be well founded.

While Jacoby may now write for The Boston Globe, he seems to retain all of the old grudges, resentments and obsessions from his former career in tabloid journalism.

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
PO Box 112
Boston, MA 02131
(617) 524-6309


SPECIAL REPORT

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2023

Contact: C. J. Doyle
(617) 524-6309
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Professor Andi Lyons

HISTORIC FIRST FOR BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE / LESBIAN ACTIVIST WAS THE GRADUATION SPEAKER AT A CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

In a historic first for the Archdiocese of Boston, headed by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, an out, partnered, civilly “married,” cross dressing lesbian activist—who identifies herself as a “big ol’ dyke”—was the graduation speaker at a Catholic high school.

Fontbonne Academy in the Town of Milton, located just south of Boston in Norfolk County, is an elite Catholic college preparatory school for girls, founded and administered by the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston.

On May 25th, the school hosted Andi Lyons, a professor of theatrical design and technology at the State University of New York at Albany, as its graduation speaker. Lyons is a 1973 graduate of Fontbonne.

Unsurprisingly, Lyons catechized graduates with homosexualist ideology, telling the students that moral disapproval of same sex relations—based on Scriptural and natural law principles—is “hate” incited because of “who you love.”

Lyons is a supporter of the National LGBTQ Task Force, an organization which promotes marriage deformity and gender dysphoria, celebrates blasphemous, homoerotic art, and has a long history of denouncing the Catholic Church for its defense of Christian morality.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston is a declining, dissident, and largely geriatric religious order long known for its rejectionist views of Catholic moral teaching.

In 2014, the Sisters gave an award to Massachusetts State Representative Brian Honan (D-Boston), who was, at the time, listed as a “Champion” of so-called reproductive rights by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund.

Regis College in Weston, administered by the Sisters, had, for many years, another abortion advocate, former Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Murphy, on its Board of Trustees.

Fundraising events for the College and the Congregation have featured such pro-abortion public figures as Bay State Governor Charlie Baker, State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, former Lieutenant Governor Thomas P. O’Neill III and billionaire Obama/Biden bundler Jack Connors.

In 2022, the Sisters invited the pro-abortion Biden CDC chief, Doctor Rochelle Walensky, to give a video address to Regis graduates.

In the 2004 document, Catholics in Political Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated:

“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 Catholic Action League called the decision by Fontbonne to provide a platform for Lyons to propagandize a captive audience of Catholic school students on graduation day “a public, scandalous and contumacious act of apostasy, intended to signal the Sisters’ repudiation of Divine and natural law, of Catholic moral teaching and of the beliefs of their own founders.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “It is now unmistakably clear that Fontbonne Academy, and it parent religious order, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, are no longer, in any meaningful sense of the term, Catholic or Christian institutions.”

“They have surrendered to the spirit of the times, submitted to secular values and conformed to the dominant culture. They have betrayed the Faith, rejected the Word of God, and abandoned their identity as Catholics.”

“Fontbonne and the Sisters have done this secure in the knowledge that the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, will do, absolutely, nothing about this, as he did nothing about Catholic Memorial School honoring then Labor Secretary Marty Walsh in 2022, and Boston College honoring then Secretary of State John Kerry in 2014.”

“One of the evasive misdirections resorted to by Cardinal O’Malley’s bureaucrats is the cynical suggestion that Catholic schools operated by religious orders, rather than the archdiocese, are not his responsibility. That is false.”

“As recently as 2022, Pope Francis issued an instruction directing bishops to exercise the right of vigilance and the right of visitation over Catholic schools in their dioceses.”

“The document went on to say that a bishop must ‘intervene whenever he deems it appropriate, and must do so whenever there are serious transgressions of the Catholic identity of a school located in his diocese,’ even in schools ‘founded or directed’ by religious orders.”

“In Rome, Cardinal O’Malley chairs the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. One might ask, quite reasonably, how can he carry out this grave responsibility, if he cannot protect young people in his own archdiocese from spiritual predators who would imperil their immortal souls?”


NEWS RELEASE

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2023

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

LEAGUE REBUKES HOLY CROSS FOR HONORING SENATOR PETER WELCH

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today rebuked the College of the Holy Cross—administered by the Society of Jesus—for conferring an honorary degree upon U.S. Senator Peter F. Welch (D-VT). Welch, a graduate of three Catholic schools, is a career long proponent of legal, unrestricted and publicly funded abortion.

Welch will also deliver the principal address at this morning’s commencement exercises at Holy Cross.

A former Vermont state legislator, Welch was elected to the Green Mountain State’s at-large Congressional seat in 2006.

After serving sixteen years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Welch was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2022. He has served as the state’s junior United States Senator since January of this year.

Throughout his time in Congress, Welch consistently received a 100% rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the National Abortion Rights Action League and the American Civil Liberties Union.

In his campaigns for both the House and the Senate, Welch was endorsed by both NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood.

In 2018, Welch held a joint press conference with the leaders of Planned Parenthood in Vermont to denounce efforts to defund the abortion giant.

In 2022, Welch co-sponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would have created a statutory federal right to abortion until birth, and which would have nullified all state laws restricting abortion.

The Catholic Church has condemned abortion since the first century. The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council declared that “Abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.”

In the 2004 document, Catholics in Political Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated:

“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 Catholic Action League called the award to Welch “a cruel betrayal of the vulnerable unborn, a callous affront to the faithful Catholics of the pro-life movement and a public repudiation of what the Catholic Religion has always taught about the sanctity and dignity of innocent human life.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “By this latest act of infidelity, the Trustees and Administration of Holy Cross are signaling that they have abandoned the school’s founding principles and are indifferent to what remains of the college’s Catholic identity.”

“It is now clear that Holy Cross has become a fully secularized, post-Christian institution which has conformed to the dominant culture, and which prefers servility to political power over adherence to Divine and natural law.”

“The Bishop of Worcester, the Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, ought to do what he did in the case of Nativity School, and declare that Holy Cross has forfeited its right to call itself a Catholic institution.”


MEMBER ADVISORY

MONDAY MAY 22, 2023

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

ANOTHER HIT FROM THE SINGING SISTERS OF STILL RIVER

For many years, the iconic symbol of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was the float of Saint Patrick Blessing the Children. This was sponsored by the Immaculate Heart of Mary School from Still River, in the Town of Harvard, Massachusetts.

When the parade succumbed to the enemies of the Faith in 2015, the leadership of the school, supported by the faculty and students, withdrew, courageously, from the compromised event, facing down scorn and abuse from a hostile media.

The good Sisters who taught at the school—members of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary—memorialized their departure with an inspired piece of music entitled The Leaving of Boston, based upon a traditional song of Irish emigration known as The Leaving of Liverpool.

This wonderful composition has been a source of delight, encouragement and consolation to untold thousands of faithful Catholics who mourn the loss of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston.

Now, the talented Sisters have done it, again!

They have created yet another magnificent musical triumph, this time in defense of the Traditional Latin Mass. It is entitled The Mass of All Time.

While The Leaving Of Boston was based upon a traditional Irish work, dating back to the 19th century, The Mass of All Time repurposes a modern Irish masterpiece, Phil Coulter’s The Town I Loved So Well—his 1973 elegy to his war-torn hometown of Derry during the Troubles.

The beautiful lyrics of The Mass of All Time are affecting, edifying and resolutely Catholic. They hearken back to Penal times, when, despite every oppression, the Irish were determined to preserve the Faith and the Mass of their fathers.

Although we are surrounded by chaos and immorality, Catholic culture, sustained by the traditional Faith of the Catholic Church and the ancient liturgy of the Roman Rite, is alive and well in one corner, at least, of Massachusetts.

This splendid music video deserves the widest possible circulation.


ACTION ALERT!

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2023

Contact: C. J. Doyle
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com
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VICTIMS OF COVID 19 VACCINE MANDATES TO GATHER IN STATE HOUSE

This Thursday, May 18th, victims of Covid 19 vaccine mandates will gather in the Massachusetts State House to give testimonials to the unjust discrimination they suffered for acting in accordance with their moral and religious beliefs, and for upholding their right to make their own health care decisions.

The meeting, which will be held in Nurses Hall, beginning at 11am, is being sponsored by State Representative Peter Durant (R–Spencer), and by two groups committed to the rights of conscience in health care, Health Rights MA and the New England Chapter of Children’s Health Defense, whose parent organization was formerly headed by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

If you are among those who lost jobs, forfeited scholarships, sacrificed a military career, were expelled from school or were denied admission to an academic institution because of vaccine refusal, the organizers of this event would like to hear from you.

If your physical health has been adversely affected due to coerced, involuntary vaccine reception, the organizers of this event would like to hear from you.

You may register to participate in this important exercise of the First Amendment right to petition the government for the redress of grievances here.

If you have suffered an injustice for the sake of your conscience in the matter of vaccine mandates, please take this historic opportunity to educate your fellow citizens by making your story known!

The following is the text of the leaflet distributed by the organizers:

The Faces of Vaccine Injury Massachusetts

PLEASE RSVP HERE

Thursday May 18th, 11am – 2pm

You are invited to the Massachusetts State House, Boston, to share your story of vaccine injury or coercion on Thursday, May 18, in Nurses Hall. State Representative Peter Durant, Health Rights MA and Children's Health Defense New England are collaborating on this special event to give you and others an opportunity to be heard.

Harms caused by the COVID-19 vaccine and pandemic mandates must be acknowledged—and awareness raised about their impact. There is strength in numbers, and courage is contagious. We hope you will come to tell your story and bear witness to the stories of others.

If you feel uncomfortable speaking publicly, we still encourage you to attend. You will have a chance to meet one another, the event’s hosts, and visit legislators’ offices to urge them to support bills that protect bodily autonomy and prohibit coercion and discrimination.

All legislators and staff are invited to the event and encouraged to attend.

Important: This event is not open to all (Nurses Hall has an occupancy limit). We are inviting only those who have submitted a story, and a guest if they wish. If you know someone who would like to attend, please ask them to visit our website at HealthRightsMA.org and choose the link called “Share Your Story.”

EVENT DETAILS

  • 11:00 am Check-in; conversations with fellow attendees, hosts, legislators & staff.
  • 11:30 Introductory remarks.
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Opportunity to share your story at the podium. Please keep your story to 3 minutes or less so there is time for everyone. Recordings will be made available to legislators and others via links on the CHD-NE and Health Rights MA websites.
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Before, during or after the event, attendees are encouraged to visit their state representative and senator’s offices.
  • If you cannot attend the entire event, please attend a portion. The more who show up, the more impact we will have.

A copy of the book we are compiling, The Faces of Vaccine Injury Massachusetts, will be delivered to every legislator’s office.

Thank you to all who have contributed!

Educational materials from Children’s Health Defense New England and Health Rights MA will be available to all who attend.

You are not alone. Together we will work to protect the future of health freedom in Massachusetts and bring awareness to the harms of COVID-19 shots and mandates.


MEMBER ADVISORY

TUESDAY, MAY 9

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PRO-LIFE HERO ELEANOR McCULLEN TO SPEAK IN NEEDHAM ON THURSDAY EVENING

In recent times—despite the widespread collapse of Catholic Faith and culture in Massachusetts—Greater Boston produced two Catholic heroes responsible for landmark U. S. Supreme Court rulings vindicating religious freedom rights.

One was the late John J. “Wacko” Hurley of the Allied War Veterans Council—the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade—whose 1995 victory in Hurley v. GLIB established that a parade is a constitutionally protected expressive activity, the message of which is determined by the organizers.

The other Catholic hero is Eleanor McCullen of Operation Rescue: Boston, whose 2014 triumph in McCullen v. Coakley overturned the Commonwealth’s repressive, restrictive, viewpoint selective and unconstitutional buffer zone law, which sought to impede the life saving work of pro-life sidewalk counselors.

On Thursday evening, May 11th, the American University Women For Life will present An Evening with Eleanor McCullen: From the Sidewalk to the Supreme Court — Twice!

“Amazing, awesome, incredible, tireless and inspirational are only a few of the positive words to describe Eleanor McCullen. Spend an evening with her and learn more about her U.S. Senate testimony last year; her prison ministry; and her regular radio appearances!”

“Eleanor has not only used Our Lord’s gifts as an advocate for women and their pre-born children, but continues to expand those gifts. By prayer and listening, she directly saves lives.”

Thursday, May 11th, 2023 at 7:30pm
Knights of Columbus Hall
1211 Highland Ave
Needham, MA

An RSVP is appreciated by May 10th to Mary Elizabeth at maelde@aol.com, (617-285-9008) or Lorraine at lma4171@gmail.com (617-763-4093).

Thank you, and please join the many members of the pro-life community who will be present to hear Eleanor on Thursday evening.


NEWS UPDATE

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2023

Contact: C. J. Doyle
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HOWIE CARR MOCKS THE CATHOLIC RELIGION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NEWS RELEASE

TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2023

Contact: C. J. Doyle
(617) 524-6309
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ANOTHER CATHOLIC CHURCH VANDALIZED IN BOSTON

Saint Ambrose Parish in Dorchester—April 22, 2023

Another Catholic church has been vandalized in the City of Boston. During the evening of Saturday, April 22nd, Saint Ambrose Parish in Dorchester was the target of vandals.

The church, the rectory and a priest’s car were spray painted. Two hooded figures were observed on a security camera video painting the word ‘sex’ on the side of the church.

Boston Police are investigating the incident.

This is the second time in nine months that Saint Ambrose has been the object of vandalism. During the overnight period of July 27-28, 2022, a rope on the church flagpole was cut and the Papal flag was brought down and stolen. No arrests were ever made.

The current incident came just six days after Faith Lutheran Church in Cambridge was burned in a fire which the FBI is describing as arson.

According to statistics compiled by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, the spray painting of Saint Ambrose was the forty-second incident of anti-Catholic vandalism in the Commonwealth since March of 2019.

No public statement on the vandalism has been released by the Archdiocese of Boston or by city officials.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “A decade ago, there were between one and five such incidents per year in the Bay State. We are now averaging more than ten such attacks on Catholic churches and religious iconography in the state each year, an increase of more than 100%.”

“The time is long overdue for the Archdiocese of Boston to condemn these incidents, to begin documenting and publicizing them, and to demand that elected officials, prosecutors and police departments respond vigorously to this escalation in hate crimes against the Catholic community.”

“There has been one encouraging development in western Massachusetts. On April 3rd, Michael Innis, 54, of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to one count of Burn Building and Destruction of Place of Worship, in connection with a 2021 arson attempt against a Catholic church.”

“On August 4, 2021, Innis and his co-defendant, Brock Randolph, were discovered setting fire to the doors of Saint Joseph’s Parish Church in Pittsfield. The arson fire caused $10,000 in damage to the church.”

“Innis was sentenced to two and one half to three and one half years in state prison. The case against Randolph is pending.”

“In the vast majority of Catholic church vandalisms in Massachusetts however, the crimes have gone unsolved and unpunished. That needs to change.”


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

APRIL 30, 2023 — Published on May 2nd

Letters, Boston Herald
100 Grossman Drive, 4th Floor
Braintree, Massachusetts 02184
letterstoeditor@bostonherald.com

To the Editor,

In a story on a convention of Satanists in Boston, the Herald reported that Mayor Michelle Wu and City Council President Ed Flynn condemned, as racists, one of the groups protesting the gathering, (Boston mayor, council president: White supremacist groups are ‘not welcome here,’ 4/20/2023).

There was no mention however, of any condemnation of the Satanists.

On its website, the Satanic Temple—the organizer of the event—admits to conducting Black Masses. This ritual entails the theft, desecration and destruction of a Catholic Eucharist, which is a hate crime.

As the Boston Herald noted at the time, the Satanic Temple was behind the failed attempt to perform a Black Mass at Harvard University in 2014.

If our city leaders can condemn racism, they certainly ought to be able to condemn crimes against Catholics.

Sincerely,

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


SPECIAL REPORT

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2023

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

SATAN CON COMES TO ONCE CATHOLIC BOSTON

I. Witches Night in New England—On the weekend of April 28th to April 30th, The Satanic Temple—one of the two principal manifestations of organized Satanism in the United States today—will hold its second annual national conference in that major American city most identified, historically, with the Catholic Faith.

The sold out event, marketed as “the largest Satanic gathering in history,” is entitled SatanCon 2023, A Weekend of Blasphemy and Remembrance in Boston.

Commemorating the tenth anniversary of The Satanic Temple, the theme of the assembly is “Hexennacht (Witches Night) in Boston.” Its promotional video bears an inscription mocking and inverting the two century old motto of the City of Boston.

Instead of ‘Sicut patribus, sit Deus nobis,’—God be with us as He was with our fathers, it reads ‘Sicut matribus, sit Satanas nobis’—Satan be with us as he was with our mothers.

The event will feature Presentations, Satanic rituals and a Satanic marketplace. Speakers will address such topics as ‘...Reproductive Rights,’ ‘Reclaiming the Trans Body...’ and ‘Sins of the Flesh: Satanism and Self-Pleasure.’

The venue will be the Boston Marriott Copley Place, in the center of the city’s historic Back Bay neighborhood.

II. Professions of Agnostic Naturalism—Founded in New York City in 2012, and headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts since 2016, The Satanic Temple, led by Lucian Greaves, claims to deny any belief in the supernatural, or in the person of Satan.

The temple asserts that Satan is a metaphor for rational inquiry, critical thinking and a “reasonable agnosticism in all things.” It claims that Satan is the symbol of the “Eternal rebel...the heretic...the unsilenced inquirer.”

III. An Obsession With The Culture Of Death—The temple maintains that “Bodily autonomy has been a central pillar of The Satanic Temple’s mission since its founding,” and that abortion is a “religious ritual” for temple adherents, who therefore deserve a religious exemption from state laws which restrict or prohibit abortions.

The organization opposes informed consent laws in states where abortion is legal, believes the bodies of aborted children should be discarded as medical waste, and is an active participant in the campaign to defame and discredit pro-life pregnancy resource centers, deriding them as “fake clinics.”

The temple has filed lawsuits in Missouri and Texas asserting that abortion restrictions violate its religious freedom rights. It now claims to have established what it calls the “world’s first religious abortion clinic” in New Mexico—Samuel Alito’s Mom’s Satanic Abortion Clinic—a purported online telehealth center which will arrange for an alleged “pharmacy partner” to mail abortion pills throughout the country.

The temple also states that it is committed to supporting its “LGBTQIA+ members.”

IV. A Strategy of Provocation—The Satanic Temple has confected a cynical public relations strategy. It seeks to elevate its public profile by provoking controversy, usually in the form of grotesque publicity stunts intended to shock and offend Christian sensibilities.

A cooperative secular media—which routinely ignores public events by pro-life and pro-family activists—invariably rewards the temple with generous coverage.

The temple conducts what it calls a “Satanic Representation Campaign.” It is a three part effort aimed at having temple members give invocations before legislative bodies; placing Satanic symbols or displays on public property; and inserting Satanic clubs into public schools.

The Satanic Temple has sued the City of Boston, unsuccessfully, for the right to deliver invocations before the Boston City Council.

In public forums or on public property where Nativity scenes are displayed, where Ten Commandment monuments have been erected, or where veterans memorials contain crosses, the Satanic Temple counters with demands to exhibit statues of the demon Baphomet.

The temple actually succeeded in placing a “Baby Baphomet” next to a Menorah and a Nativity Scene in the Rotunda of the Illinois State House in 2021, adding a “Serpent of Genesis” in 2022.

The temple has also imposed “After School Satan Clubs,” targeting children, in a number of public schools in the country, including ones in Portland, Oregon and Taylorsville, Utah.

Beyond self-promotion, it is evident that the Satanic Temple has a carefully considered plan of campaign in America’s culture wars, with the objective of marginalizing Christians.

The temple is attempting to turn the First Amendment on its head, using religious freedom guarantees to drive traditional religion from the public square. Public officials are placed in the invidious position of accepting overt and obnoxious displays of demonic blasphemy or banning all religious representations and activities from public forums, public property and public schools.

V. A History Of Blasphemy And Lies—The Black Mass is an obscene, occult and demonic parody of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, intended to effect a ritual desecration, destruction and humiliation of the Holy Eucharist. It is impelled by a preternatural hatred of God, the Person of Jesus Christ, and the Catholic and Apostolic religion.

A Black Mass invariably entails the theft of a consecrated host, a crime made easier in recent years by the lamentable practice of Communion in the hand.

On its website, the Satanic Temple lists the Black Mass as one of four rituals it performs, characterizing it as “a celebration of blasphemy, which can be an expression of personal liberty and freedom.”

Such a muted, even anodyne, description of this sacrilege was not conveyed by the Satanic Temple of Houston--an official affiliate of the Satanic Temple—when it boasted of a Black Mass in the Texas city: “The Catholics and their fati-mama Mary did not stop our Black Mass. The consecrated host was defiled, destroyed, and swept into the trash where it belongs. Hail Satan!”

In 2014, the Satanic Temple arranged for a Black Mass to be performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in Harvard University’s Memorial Hall. It was to be sponsored by the Cultural Studies Club of the Harvard Extension School.

The decision by Harvard to host this obscenity ignited a firestorm of protest among Catholic students and alumni from Harvard, and from Catholic students at other universities in Greater Boston.

Catholic students at the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) organized a Eucharistic Procession to the historic Church of Saint Paul near Harvard Square, bringing 1500 faithful on to the streets of Cambridge.

More than eighty Catholics—including the former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Ray Flynn—joined the Catholic Action League in a Rosary of Reparation in front of Memorial Hall.

Three hours before the start of the event, the leadership of Harvard cancelled it. The Satanic Temple moved to the back room of a small Chinese restaurant in Harvard Square, whose proprietor insisted that no Black Mass ever took place in his establishment.

On its website, the Satanic Temple makes the preposterous claim that the real reason it was moved was because Memorial Hall—which seats 1,600 people—could not accommodate the overflow crowd.

It is not known, with certainty, whether a Black Mass will be performed at Satan Con 2023 in Boston. According to the Catholic News Agency, the Satanic Temple denies any intention of performing one.

VI. The Catholic Response—The Archdiocese of Boston has issued two public statements on Satan Con 2023. The first, on April 3rd, was from the Vicar General, Auxiliary Bishop Mark O’Connell.

In it, O‘Connell warned against any public protest or Catholic counter witness to the event. “Our response must be balanced and focused on prayer. The balance is between countering its intended evil effects, and drawing attention to it and making it more prominent. To that end, we ask you to not organize or encourage any of your parishioners to go to the event to protest. It will only fuel the hate of those who support it and feed the media with images.”

Media images of Catholics praying the Rosary on the streets of the Back Bay is, apparently, viewed as deleterious by the Archdiocese of Boston.

For many Catholics, this aversion to any public witness in defense of the Faith is reminiscent of archdiocesan opposition to the successful Men’s March to Abolish Abortion and Rally For Personhood, which was held in October of 2022.

Bishop O’Connell counseled: “Rather than protesting in person, we hope to storm the Heavens with prayer,” urging Catholics, appropriately, to recite Pope Leo XIII’s Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel.

The letter also contained some useful practical suggestions, including vigilance against attempts to steal Hosts during the distribution of Holy Communion, not leaving sanctuaries and their tabernacles unattended while churches are open, and watchfulness about those entering churches during Mass.

The Bishop of Worcester, the Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, in an April 13th letter, gave an even more explicit warning: “If necessary, remind people that they should be consuming the sacred species immediately, to assure that the Blessed Sacrament is not being carried off for nefarious use.”

In a second Boston statement, issued on April 26th, the archdiocese reiterated O’Connell’s previous admonition against public protests, saying: “We ask Catholics not to organize or encourage others to go to the event to protest. It will only make it more prominent and give the organizers the attention they seek.”

The archdiocese did produce an impressive list of forty-five shrines, chapels and parish churches where effective instruments of spiritual warfare would be available to the faithful to counter the Luciferian aggression.

These instruments include Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Hours of Reparation, the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Prayer to Saint Michael, and the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Not all initiatives have come from the archdiocese however. One lay Catholic activist, Robert Sullivan, a leader of the Church Militant Resistance Chapter in Boston, sponsored a series of billboards in Metropolitan Boston spreading a message of devotion to the Divine Mercy.

Some Catholics, despite official disapproval, will be present outside of the Satanic gathering. TFP Student Action will hold a Rosary Rally of Reparation on each day of the conference, on Huntington Avenue in Boston, in front of the Marriott Hotel.

The rallies will be held on Friday, April 28 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, on Saturday, April 29 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, and on Sunday, April 30 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

VII. Why Boston?—One unanswered question remains. Why was Boston chosen as the site for this demon fest? Certainly, proximity to the Satanic Temple’s headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts made for convenient logistics.

Retribution was also a factor. The mocking dedication of the conference to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu speaks to the continuing anger of the Satanic Temple over its failure to prevail in a frivolous lawsuit demanding that it be allowed to deliver an invocation before the Boston City Council.

Perhaps the memory of its decisive defeat in the Harvard Black Mass controversy of 2014 still lingers.

One suspects that Boston was chosen because it represents the model and triumph of de-Christianization in America.

Catholics are now a minority in a city where, sixty years ago, they were an overwhelming majority. Not a single elected official now supports Catholic teaching. The media environment is radically hostile to the Faith, as are all elite institutions.

The leadership of the Church has, effectively, surrendered on virtually all issues of public morality, maintaining a discreet silence, and accepting a kind of dhimmitude towards the dominant secular culture.

Catholic institutions, and most of the Catholic population, have embraced secular values.

Boston represents the very vision of a neo-pagan, post-Christian society which the Satanic Temple wishes to impose on the rest of America.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!


MEMBER ADVISORY

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023

Contact: C. J. Doyle
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PRO-LIFE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND TO HONOR ATTORNEY JAMES BOPP, JR.

Pro-Life Attorney James Bopp, Jr.

In the realm of law and constitutional jurisprudence, no organization in New England has a longer history or a more distinguished record in advocating for the protection of the unborn than the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund.

On Saturday, April 29, 2023, the PLLDF will hold its Annual Century Brunch at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel, at 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, on Route 30, in Newton, Massachusetts. The event will be held from 10am to 12 noon.

On this occasion, the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund will confer its prestigious Thomas More Award on Attorney James Bopp, Jr., one of the architects of the Dobbs decision, which ended the constitutional fiction known as Roe v. Wade.

Support the pro-life cause, honor an outstanding pro-life hero, and learn how Roe was undone by joining the PLLDF on April 29th. Please encourage others to attend as well.

Tickets are $60, which includes $30 for your brunch and $30 for a tax-deductible donation. Also, help form a future generation of pro-life leaders by donating a ticket for a law student to attend this important event.

Please write a check for $60.00 per ticket, making it payable to PLLDF, and mail it to PLLDF, 2 Neptune Road, #167, Boston, MA 02128.

You may also purchase tickets through PayPal by clicking here and entering $60.00 for each ticket. Please include a note that says Brunch 2023.

For more information, please call PLLDF President Colbe Mazzarella at 617-970-0928, or email the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund at info@plldf.org

Thank you.


PRESS STATEMENT

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2023

Contact: C. J. Doyle
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LEAGUE RAPS HEALEY OBSESSION WITH CHEMICAL ABORTIONS

On April 7th, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk issued a ruling overturning the decision of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—made 23 years ago—to approve, for use in the United States, the cruel abortion drug Mifepristone.

Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey—a partnered lesbian who identifies as a Catholic—immediately condemned the ruling, saying “Medication abortion is safe, effective and legal. Mifepristone has been used safely for more than 20 years and is the gold standard.”

Three days later, on April 10th, Healey held a press conference on the steps of the Massachusetts State House in Boston—bringing together legislative leaders, constitutional officers, representatives of the abortion industry and members of the Bay State’s congressional delegation—to denounce the ruling and proclaim a moral panic over the threatened loss of the homicide pill.

Healey then announced that the Commonwealth’s public system of higher education—which has distributed, at taxpayer expense, Mifepristone since 2022—would purchase and stockpile 15,000 doses of the abortion pill.

Healey also issued an Executive Order claiming to immunize Bay State dispensers of Mifepristone from the legal consequences of its unlawful distribution in states where abortion is banned.

On April 12th, Mr. Bob Katzen, Publisher of the Beacon Hill Roll Call, contacted the Catholic Action League, seeking a comment on the Governor’s defense of chemical abortion.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C.J. Doyle made the following statement:

“Governor Maura Healey’s claim that medication abortion is ‘safe, effective and legal’ and is ‘the gold standard,’ is belied by the fact that every abortion results in the death of an unborn child, and that there is a growing body of evidence that chemical abortions are causing a significant increase in medical complications and emergency room visits by women who resort to Mifepristone.”

“The Governor’s Executive Order seems to be more of a symbolic exercise in political posturing than a substantive effort at public policy making.”

“Chapter 127 of the Acts of 2022—An Act Expanding Protections For Reproductive And Gender-Affirming Care—defines, broadly, reproductive health care and offers explicit and comprehensive legal protections to Bay State health care personnel who perform abortions or dispense abortion pills ‘regardless of the patient’s location’.”

“Healey’s Executive Order merely requires executive departments, which are already under her authority, to comply with the existing law and recognize so-called medication abortions as reproductive health care, which the statute already does.”

“For the Governor to inveigle the taxpayer funded University of Massachusetts into becoming the Fort Knox of abortion pill reserves—the secure repository of 15,000 doses of Mifepristone—suggests a fanaticism that goes well beyond a purported respect for individual choices.”

“Finally, whenever the issue of abortion is raised in connection with the Governor, it should always be remembered that Maura Healey, by her own admission, owes her political career to the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund.”

“Referring to her first campaign for Attorney General in 2014, Healey said ‘Planned Parenthood’s endorsement was a game-changer for my campaign.’”

Update: On April 12th, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a partial stay to the federal Food and Drug Administration, ensuring the continued commission of chemical abortions in the United States. The court however, upheld the suspension of mail-order abortion pills and reinstated the requirement that Mifepristone must be dispensed in person at a clinic or hospital, and not at retail pharmacies.

The Appeals Court also reduced the gestational age for Mifepristone use from ten to seven weeks of pregnancy.


NEWS RELEASE

TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2023

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(617) 524-6309
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FBI USED UNDERCOVER AGENT TO TARGET TRADITIONAL CATHOLICS

An inquiry by the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used an undercover agent in the production of an infamous memo targeting traditional Catholics.

The January 23rd memo, issued by the FBI’s Richmond, Virginia office, was titled Interest of Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists in Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology Almost Certainly Presents New Mitigation Opportunities.

It was leaked on February 8th by former FBI agent turned whistleblower Kyle Seraphin.

The memo recommended that traditional Catholic groups be subject to “assessment” (surveillance), “threat mitigation” (countermeasures), and “source recruitment” (acquisition of confidential informants).

Now, in an April 10th letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, U.S. Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), disclosed “... we now know that the FBI relied on at least one undercover agent to produce its analysis, and that the FBI proposed that its agents engage in outreach to Catholic parishes to develop sources among the clergy and church leadership to inform on Americans practicing their faith.”

Jordan went on to say that “In this document, the FBI purported to categorize Catholic Americans based on theological distinctions and relied on the Southern Poverty Law Center to suggest that certain kinds of Catholic Americans may be domestic terrorists,” adding that “...we know that the FBI, relying on information derived from at least one undercover employee, sought to use local religious organizations as ‘new avenues for tripwire and source development’.”

Jordan also divulged that the FBI wanted to reach out to the leadership of the Society of Saint Pius X “to sensitize these congregations to the warning signs of radicalization and to enlist their assistance to serve as suspicious activity tripwires.”

Not content to spy only on Catholics who attend the Latin Mass, the Bureau, according to Jordan, also intends to contact “mainline Catholic parishes” and “diocesan leadership” and encourage them “to report on suspicious activity.”

The Catholic Action League called the revelations evidence of “creeping totalitarianism, an appalling Third World style abuse of power, and a demented misdirection of FBI resources that can only be explained by the politicizing of federal law enforcement.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “This chilling assault on the First Amendment suggests that some of the most dangerous extremists in the country are on the payroll of the FBI.”

“Spying upon, infiltrating and procuring informants in churches was a practice common to the Sipo (State Security Police) and the Gestapo (State Secret Police) in Nazi Germany. This is not only anti-Catholic, but unlawful, un-American and unconstitutional. It is unknown in the history of the United States.”

“These disturbing disclosures inform us that some of the leadership of the FBI has subordinated itself to the political and ideological agenda of the Biden Administration. That administration—and its allies on the Left—want Americans to believe that, in the era of Antifa domestic terrorism, destructive BLM riots and the vandalism of Catholic churches and crisis pregnancy centers, the real threat to this country is from the phantom of an allegedly violent ‘Christian nationalism.’”

“Congressman Jordan is to be commended for his revelatory letter and for the vitally important work of the House Judiciary Committee.”


APRIL 8, 2023

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 and Savior 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.

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 UPDATE

HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2023

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

BOSTON GLOBE COLUMNIST JOAN VENNOCHI SMEARS JAMES MICHAEL CURLEY

Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi—an apostate from the Catholic religion—is a malevolent bigot and a dishonest journalist who has a long and disreputable history of maligning all things and all persons Catholic.

Many remember the sneering headline of her 2020 column “Pope John Paul II was no saint...

Following the leak of the Dobbs decision in 2022, Vennochi parroted the anti-Catholic party line of NARAL Pro-Choice America when she wrote that the expected ruling was the “ultimate triumph for the Church.

Vennochi invoked the separation of church and state, brought up the Catholic Faith of the anti-Roe justices, and pointed out that Catholics were, in proportion to the population, overrepresented on the Supreme Court.

She even quoted the anti-Catholic hate group, Catholics for Choice. America’s Ian Paisley—Paul Blanshard—the old Catholic-hating bigot from the 1940s, could not have done a better job.

In her latest polemic against President Donald Trump, Vennochi launched a gratuitous and mendacious assault on the memory of a local Catholic hero, Boston Mayor and Massachusetts Governor James Michael Curley.

In defaming Curley, Vennochi cited Curley’s hostile and revisionist biographer, Jack Beatty. Even there, she got it wrong. In her haste and malice, she misrepresented what Beatty wrote.

My longtime friend and colleague, Professor Larry Overlan of Suffolk University, a noted Curley scholar, sent the following reply to Vennochi’s slipshod distortion of history.

The Catholic Action League wishes to thank and commend Larry Overlan for his courage and integrity in speaking truth to Vennochi’s reckless lies.

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March 24, 2023

Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
One Exchange Place, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02109-2132
letter@globe.com

To the Editor:

Joan Vennochi’s disappointing column on James Michael Curley was characterized by inaccuracies, unproven assertions, and a tendentious attempt to harness history in the service of modern partisan politics, (Crime, Trump, and the ghost of James Michael Curley, 3/22/2023).

Contrary to Vennochi’s claim of a $60,000 bribe, Curley never received any payout from his involvement with the so-called Engineers Group, which resulted in his mail fraud conviction. U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle called Curley’s profit “trifling,” which may have been a factor in President Harry Truman’s decision to pardon Curley.

Vennochi contends that Curley had “a reputation for taking kickbacks.” Despite antagonizing both Democrats and Republicans, Curley, in his six decade long political career, was never charged with graft by any prosecutor—federal, state, or local—of either party.

As for the old canard that Curley “stoked the politics of ethnic and religious polarization”—for which no evidence is ever provided—this is victim blaming. Irish Americans, after all, never put up signs which read ‘No English Need Apply.’

Sincerely,

Lawrence A. Overlan
Senior Lecturer
Department of Political Science & Legal Studies
Suffolk University


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 31, 2023      — Published April 3rd

Letters,
Boston Herald
100 Grossman Drive, 4th Floor
Braintree, Massachusetts 02184
letterstoeditor@bostonherald.com

To the Editor,

The Boston Herald story on the death of former State Representative Mel King omitted some pertinent facts about his public record, (Beloved Boston civil rights icon and activist Mel King dies, 94, 3/29/2023).

Some remember King as the mean spirited extremist who once picketed the Pope. When most Bostonians were celebrating Saint John Paul’s 1979 visit to the Hub, King brought 1,800 protestors to Holy Cross Cathedral, where one of his followers held a sign which read, memorably, “Pope: tell your people not to be racist.”

King also advocated that form of racial discrimination in public employment known as affirmative action. Nor should we forget King’s divisive attempt to partition Boston by creating the separate municipality of Mandela.

It came as no surprise that Boston voters rejected King by a 30 point margin when he ran for mayor in 1983.

Sincerely,

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


MARY THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION,
PRAY FOR US!

Immaculate Conception, by Peter Paul Rubens 1628
“She shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel” (Gen 3:15b).

MARCH 30, 2023

On May 13, 1846, the Catholic bishops of America, meeting in the Sixth Provincial Council of Baltimore, declared “With enthusiastic acclaim and with unanimous approval and consent, the Fathers have chosen the Blessed Virgin Mary, conceived without sin, as the Patroness of the United States of America.”

On February 7,1847, the Holy Father, Blessed Pope Pius IX, ratified this decision.

This proclamation was made eight years before the apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus, in which Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

In it, he declared: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”

As our beloved country, the United States of America, approaches its end stage, descending from a federal constitutional republic—“a city upon a hill”—to a corrupt, Third World plutocracy, let us invoke the intercession of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception to protect Christians, and all other persons of goodwill, from the chaos which is now befalling us.

Let us hope and pray that whatever successor state emerges from the wreckage of the Great Republic, it will be founded upon the Cardinal Virtue of Justice and it will recognize, for the first time on American soil, the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray for our country, and let us pray for President Donald J. Trump!

God Save the United States of America!

O Mary conceived without sin, Pray for us who have recourse to thee!


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 25, 2023

Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
One Exchange Place, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02109-2132
letter@globe.com

To the Editor:

Early in March, Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin announced that he would not allow a general dispensation from Lenten abstinence for Rhode Island Catholics on Saint Patrick’s Day.

This internal, Catholic Church issue provided a convenient pretext for Kevin Cullen to take a parting shot at Tobin, just two weeks before the prelate’s scheduled retirement, (Is it a sin to eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day? 3/16/2023).

Cullen’s hypocrisy is audacious. Despite writing, at least, nine columns maligning Tobin—including one where he called him a troglodyte, and another where he derided him as a clown—Cullen actually accused the bishop of being “uncharitable” and “judgmental.”

Whatever might be said about Bishop Tobin, he never mocked, or belittled with invectives, someone who disagreed with him. He never exhibited a sneering contempt for his adversaries, and he never cultivated vindictiveness as a virtue.

Sincerely,

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


PRESS STATEMENT

MARCH 23, 2023

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

BAY STATE TAX EXEMPTION FOR BIBLES OUGHT TO BE PRESERVED

On March 22nd, Christian Wade, the Massachusetts Bureau Chief of the North of Boston Media Group/Community Newspapers, contacted the Catholic Action League for a comment by C. J. Doyle on the proposal to repeal the Bay State law which provides a state sales tax exemption for the distribution of Bibles in the Commonwealth.

Repeal is part of a multi-decade, nation-wide campaign by the anti-Catholic bigots of the American Civil Liberties Union, who, with unceasing malevolence, seek every opportunity to punish Christians.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The Free Exercise of religion is guaranteed by both the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and by Article II of the Declaration of Rights of the Massachusetts Constitution.”

“The production and distribution of religious texts, such as the Bible, are as integral to the enjoyment of that right as are the erection and maintenance of houses of worship and the organization of religious denominations.”

“As houses of worship and religious bodies are tax exempt, there is no reason that a different standard ought to apply to the production and sale of the Bible.”

“The tax exempt character of churches was created to establish a legal and fiscal barrier that would prevent excessive government entanglement with religion.”

“The legal challenges to tax exemption for Bibles in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island are all a consequence of special pleading by the American Civil Liberties Union, a militantly secular, left-wing organization with a longstanding history of radical hostility to the religious freedom rights of Christians.”

“Legislation and public policy in the Commonwealth should not be determined by a powerful special interest with a national agenda.”

“The Massachusetts law ensuring tax exemption for the distribution of Bibles—reaffirmed by the Commissioner of Revenue of the Democratic administration of Governor Michael Dukakis in 1984—ought to be preserved.”


NEWS RELEASE

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2023

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

BOSTON GLOBE CALLS CATHOLIC BELIEFS “IGNOMINIOUS”

An article in today’s Boston Globe celebrates the participation of Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey—a partnered lesbian—in Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

The news story, which read more like an opinion column, said Healey’s presence was “a sign of how far the parade has moved on from its ignominious history.”

This was an unmistakable reference to the principled resistance from faithful Catholics in the Allied War Veterans Council—who organized the parade—to the event being exploited as a propaganda platform by homosexual groups which scorn, despise and reject the moral code of Saint Patrick’s religion.

The article went on to complain that “as late as 2017,” there was still opposition to homosexual messaging in the parade.

Another Globe article reported that participants in the annual South Boston Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast devoted much of their alleged humor to mocking the pro-life former Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee, Jim Lyons.

Michelle Wu, Boston’s Planned Parenthood endorsed Mayor, said, sarcastically, “I propose Jim Lyons Day for his unparalleled contribution, helping us drive all the Republicans out of the State House.”

Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka, a pro-abortion non-Catholic, used the event, named for the Apostle of Ireland, to derisively suggest that the conservative Catholic Lyons was “getting ready for his new job making license plates at Walpole”—the maximum security state prison.

Lyons, ironically, was the last Irish Catholic in the Commonwealth, to hold a position of state-wide political leadership, who actually supported the moral teachings of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Faith.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The triumphalist tone of the callous bigots who authored the Globe article on the parade confirms what we have long known.”

“The parade controversy was never really about admitting homosexual marchers to the event. Why would practitioners of sodomy, who repudiate Christian morality, and castigate that morality as hatred and homophobia, want to celebrate the Catholic heritage of Ireland?”

“It was always about forcing Catholics to set aside their values and submit to homosexual ideology. It was about using the parade to mainstream public acceptance of homosexuality. It was, as we said thirty years ago, about imposing a discordant, anti-Catholic message on a parade in honor of a Catholic saint.”

“Meanwhile, the Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast has become a forum for apostates and non-Catholics to insult one of the last sons of Saint Patrick who has not betrayed the Faith of his Baptism.”

“These events should remind us that our Bay State political class is hideously depraved and systemically corrupt. Christians should consider ways and means to escape from the repulsive kakistocracy which rules us.”

“Amidst all of this, no public defense of the Christian character of Saint Patrick’s Day has been heard from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.”


MARCH 18, 2023

SAINT JOSEPH, PRAY FOR US!

The Dream Of Saint Joseph, Anton Raphael Mengs, 1773

March 19th is the Feast of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Head of the Holy Family, Confessor, and Patron of the Universal Church.

The Gospel of Saint Matthew tells us that Saint Joseph was “a just man.” The New Testament records no words of Saint Joseph. The Foster Father of Our Savior instructs us and edifies us however, by his example—of profound Faith, humility and resignation, and of perfect obedience to the will of God.

In Quamquam Prulies, his 1889 Encyclical On Devotion To Saint Joseph, Pope Leo XIII reminds us that “...Joseph was the spouse of Mary and that he was reputed the Father of Jesus Christ. From these sources have sprung his dignity, his holiness, his glory.” The Holy Father emphasizes again that “...Joseph shines among all mankind by the most august dignity, since by divine will, he was the guardian of the Son of God and reputed as His father among men.”

According to Pope Leo “Fathers of families find in Joseph the best personification of paternal solicitude and vigilance; spouses a perfect example of love, of peace, and of conjugal fidelity; virgins at the same time find in him the model and protector of virginal integrity.”

Devotion to Saint Joseph bears a special significance to the contemporary struggle to protect the sanctity of innocent human life.

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II commended the life of children not yet born to the protection of Saint Joseph.

Just as Saint Joseph, upon the instruction of an angel, carried the Christ Child, Innocence Himself, to Egypt to escape the murderous wrath of Herod, let us invoke the intercession of Saint Joseph, Patron of the Unborn, to deliver the innocent children of today from the modern day successors of Herod who pursue, with fiendish zeal, the Luciferian obseession to destroy human life in the womb.

Saint Joseph is the Patron Saint of Canada. Here in New England, the Virgin Spouse of the Virgin Mother of God is the Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Diocese of Manchester.

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The Feast of Saint Joseph is, in accordance with the Code of Canon Law, one of ten holydays of obligation in the Universal Church. It is not however, one of the only six days in the United States when attendance at Mass is required under pain of serious sin. This is not because of any lack of esteem for the role of Saint Joseph in the economy of the Incarnation.

Rather, it relates to particular historical circumstances, specifically, the economic and cultural conditions faced by Catholic immigrants to this country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. America then was a laissez faire capitalist society where 72 hour work weeks—12 hour days—were common.

Protestant employers moreover, were usually unsympathetic to Catholic religious practices, and would often dock or fire Catholic workers who showed up late for work on holydays. As a consequence, Catholic workingmen, like this writer’s grandfather, who emigrated from Galway to Boston in 1906, would, on holydays of obligation, have to rise before 4am so they could attend Mass at 5am, thus ensuring that they would arrive at work on time at 6am.

As a concession, taking into account this hardship, the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore decreed in 1884 that there would be only six holydays of obligation in the United States.

 

THE LITANY OF SAINT JOSEPH
Lord, have mercy on us
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
Kyrie, eleison
R. Christe, eleison.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.
Kyrie, eleison. Christe, audi nos.
R. Christe, exaudi nos.
God the Father of Heaven,
R. have mercy on us.
Pater de cælis, Deus,
R. miserere nobis.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
R. have mercy on us.
Fili, Redemptor mundi, Deus,
R. miserere nobis.
God, the Holy Ghost,
R. have mercy on us.
Spiritus Sancte, Deus,
R. miserere nobis.
Holy Trinity, One God,
R. have mercy on us.
Sancta Trinitas, unus Deus,
R. miserere nobis.
Holy Mary,
R. pray for us.
Sancta Maria,
R. ora pro nobis.
Saint Joseph,
R. pray for us.
Sancte Joseph,
R. ora pro nobis.
Illustrious Scion of David,
R. pray for us.
Proles David inclita,
R. ora pro nobis.
Light of Patriarchs,
R. pray for us.
Lumen Patriarcharum,
R. ora pro nobis.
Spouse of the Mother of God,
R. pray for us.
Dei Genetricis sponse,
R. ora pro nobis.
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
R. pray for us.
Custos pudice Virginis,
R. ora pro nobis.
Foster-father of the Son of God,
R. pray for us.
Filii Dei nutricie,
R. ora pro nobis.
Watchful defender of Christ,
R. pray for us.
Christi defensor sedule,
R. ora pro nobis.
Head of the Holy Family,
R. pray for us.
Almæ Familiæ præses,
R. ora pro nobis.
Joseph most just,
R. pray for us.
Joseph justissime,
R. ora pro nobis.
Joseph most chaste,
R. pray for us.
Joseph castissime,
R. ora pro nobis.
Joseph most prudent,
R. pray for us.
Joseph prudentissime,
R. ora pro nobis.
Joseph most valiant,
R. pray for us.
Joseph fortissime,
R. ora pro nobis.
Joseph most obedient,
R. pray for us.
Joseph obeodientissime,
R. ora pro nobis.
Joseph most faithful,
R. pray for us.
Joseph fidelissime,
R. ora pro nobis.
Mirror of patience,
R. pray for us.
Speculum patientiæ,
R. ora pro nobis.
Lover of poverty,
R. pray for us.
Amator paupertatis,
R. ora pro nobis.
Model of workmen,
R. pray for us.
Exemplar opificum,
R. ora pro nobis.
Glory of home life,
R. pray for us.
Domesticæ vitæ decus,
R. ora pro nobis.
Guardian of virgins,
R. pray for us.
Custos virginum,
R. ora pro nobis.
Pillar of families,
R. pray for us.
Familiarum columen,
R. ora pro nobis.
Solace of the afflicted,
R. pray for us.
Solatium miserorum,
R. ora pro nobis.
Hope of the sick,
R. pray for us.
Spes ægrotantium,
R. ora pro nobis.
Patron of the dying,
R. pray for us.
Patrone morientium,
R. ora pro nobis.
Terror of demons,
R. pray for us.
Terror dæmonum,
R. ora pro nobis.
Protector of Holy Church,
R. pray for us.
Protector sanctæ Ecclesiæ,
R. ora pro nobis.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
R. spare us, O Lord.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
R. parce nobis, Domine.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
R. graciously hear us, O Lord.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
R. exaudi nobis, Domine.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
R. have mercy on us.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
R. miserere nobis.
He made him lord over His house,
R. And the ruler of all His possessions.
Constituit eum dominum domus suæ,
R. Et principem omnis possessionis suæ.
Let us pray
O God, who in Thine ineffable providence didst vouchsafe to choose blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thy most holy Mother: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may have him for an intercessor in heaven, whom we venerate as our protector on earth. Who livest and reignest world without end.
R. Amen.
Oremus
Deus, qui ineffabili providentia beatum Joseph sanctissimæ Gentricis tuæ sponsum eligere dignatus es: præsta, quæsumus; ut, quem protectorem veneramur in terris, intercessorem habere mereamur in cælis: Quis vivis et regnas in sæcula sæculorum.
R. Amen

THE MEMORARE OF SAINT JOSEPH

Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored thy help and sought thine intercession was left unaided. Full of confidence in thy power, I fly unto thee and beg of thee thy protection. Despise not my humble supplications, O foster-father of the Redeemer, but hear and answer me. Amen.


SAINT PATRICK’S DAY GREETINGS FROM THE CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE

THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2023

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

 

Perhaps nowhere else, in what was once Christendom, can an entire nation and its vast diaspora of descendants trace their Catholic Faith and culture — and their hope of eternal salvation — to the evangelism of a single saint. Our debt of gratitude to Saint Patrick is beyond measure.

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.

Sent by Pope Saint Celestine I, Patrick, in a single lifetime, transformed the people of Ireland from bondsmen of death dealing Druids to disciples of the Author of Life.

As a consequence, a small island upon whose soil no Roman Legionary ever trod, would help form the character of Christendom by its leadership in the two great civilizational movements of the early Middle Ages—the preservation of the learning of Classical Antiquity, and the evangelization of Europe, known to history as the Conversion of the Barbarians.

The feast of Saint Patrick is not “a municipal festival,” as Judge Hiller B. Zobel erroneously asserted during the Saint Patrick’s Day parade case thirty-one years ago. Nor is it merely a communal celebration of ethnic pride, as one low wattage, nominally Catholic, ex-state senator once 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 three decades, 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 and de-Christianize 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

There are only two writings of Saint Patrick extant. The first is his Confession, while the other is his Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus. The latter bears a prophetic relevance to the modern crisis of abortion.

In it, our patron saint exhorts Catholics to avoid all fraternization with those who participate in the willful murder of the innocent: “Therefore I ask most of all that all the holy and humble of heart should not fawn on such people, nor even share food or drink with them, nor accept their alms, until such time as they make satisfaction to God in severe penance and shedding of tears...” He goes on to warn that “The Most High does not accept the gifts of evildoers.”

When you see our modern priests, prelates, and Catholic schools giving, unlawfully, awards, honors or platforms to politicians who promote the mass killing of the unborn, please remind them of the words of Saint Patrick!

Sadly, the name of our patron saint will be misappropriated by partisans of the Culture of Death when they gather on March 19th, for the so-called “Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast” in South Boston. These enemies of the Cross will include Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey, Bay State Attorney General Andrea Campbell, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Congressman Stephen Lynch and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, State Senate President Karen Spilka, and Lieutenant Governor Kimberley Driscoll.

All are in favor of child killing, sodomy, the corruption of minors and the homosexualization of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Warren, Markey, Healey, Pressley and Campbell are now leading the authoritarian campaign to deprive pro-life Catholics of their constitutional rights.

Sadly and repulsively, some priest or auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston will likely be present to devalue their evil by engaging in amicable social intercourse, and even pathetic attempts at humor, with these blood stained destroyers of the unborn and persecutors of the faithful.

Neither Scripture, nor Tradition, nor secular history record instances of the Apostles Peter and Paul, in Rome, consorting and trading jokes with Nero.

The City of Worcester has already had its Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Among those marching, ostensibly to honor Sant Patrick, was Mayor Joe Petty, who cast a tie breaking vote in the City Council, to pass an ordinance that would force crisis pregnancy centers to commit or make referrals for abortions.

Also marching was Congressman Jim McGovern, a co-sponsor of the so-called Equality Act, which would compel Catholic physicians to perform abortions.

What a surfeit of hypocrisy it must require for these two apostates to participate in the celebration of a Catholic saint!

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.”

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
From the Breastplate of St Patrick


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 15, 2023

The Washington Times
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To the Editor:

It is astonishing that, The Washington Times, in its story on the Pope's remarks on celibacy, would actually treat married ex-priest Jonathan Morris as a credible source, (Pope Francis says married priests possible, calls celibacy a 'temporary prescription,' 3/13/2023).

Morris not only abandoned his vocation and renounced his solemn vow of perpetual chastity, but defended dissent from Catholic moral teaching.

Many pro-life Catholics remember the 2007 incident when Morris—who was then a Fox News contributor—joined Sean Hannity in attacking Father Thomas Euteneuer, who had rebuked Hannity for his public advocacy of contraception.

Since then, Morris deserted the priesthood and Hannity apostatized from Catholicism.

It is not unreasonable to expect that the Times could have found, for its story, a Roman Rite Catholic scholar who was willing to defend priestly celibacy, not as a medieval innovation, but as an apostolic tradition.

Sincerely,

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


NEWS UPDATE

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2023

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CULTURE OF BETRAYAL CONTINUES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON

In 2017, the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts issued a Special Report on how Catholic institutions in the Commonwealth routinely betrayed the dedicated defenders of the unborn in the pro-life movement. Today, that culture of betrayal is alive and well in the Archdiocese of Boston.

As the New Boston Post reported in January, the eight members of the Boston City Council have signed an order requesting a public hearing to investigate pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in the city.

This is the latest offensive in a malevolent campaign, initiated by the anti-Catholic bigots of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and led by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), to defame, demonize, and ultimately suppress—through restrictive regulation and costly litigation—pro-life centers which offer women, in troubled pregnancies, compassionate alternatives to abortion.

This campaign against crisis pregnancy centers, if successful, will likely increase the number of innocent children killed through abortion, by crippling or eliminating groups which effectively oppose the abortion industry. It will also directly impede the constitutional rights of Catholics and other pro-life advocates.

The oldest pro-life pregnancy center in Greater Boston, dating back to 1973, is Pregnancy Help, which is a ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston.

The sponsor of the City Council order to investigate pro-life centers was City Councilor Ruthzee Louijeune, a former Elizabeth Warren campaign aide. Louijeune’s longstanding advocacy of abortion however, has never been an obstacle to cordial relations with the Archdiocese of Boston.

On February 4, 2022, Councilor Louijeune was a guest speaker at Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester. Louijeune spoke before her nephew’s sixth grade class for Black History Month.

According to its website, Saint John Paul Academy was “established as a new pilot for transforming Catholic education in Boston under the direction of Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley.” Its mission statement promises an “Enhanced faith formation curriculum in the Catholic tradition.”

The school’s Board of Trustees includes the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston; the President of the Catholic Schools Foundation; the Pastor of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Boston; and the Assistant Vicar for Administration of the Archdiocese, the Reverend William P. Joy.

This is the same Father Joy who dodged, weaved and deflected when pro-lifers complained in 2022 about Catholic Memorial School conferring an award on pro-abortion Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.

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

This was not the first interaction between Councilor Louijeune and the Church. In January of 2022, Cardinal O’Malley, from the altar of Holy Cross Cathedral, publicly acknowledged the pro-abortion Councilor during a Mass commemorating Haitian Independence Day.

An even more disturbing development in this controversy is a 2022 statement from the Director of the Pro-Life Office of the archdiocese, which seemed to signal that the Church was less interested in defending crisis pregnancy centers, than it was in carving out an exemption for itself.

Marianne Luthin told NBC 10 Boston, “It’s unfortunate that Pregnancy Help is lumped in with a generic category of so-called centers doing horrible things. We are truthful, we are a ministry of the church, and we are very proud of the work that we do for women.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “An institution that is genuine in defending the right to life would never permit an abortion fanatic to address a group of sixth graders. As the League has said before, no rational person can reasonably be expected to take seriously Catholic opposition to abortion in the Archdiocese of Boston.”

“Luthin’s statement confirms what we already know—that pro-life Catholics should expect no reciprocity from the Church in Boston. The Archdiocese will sacrifice others to protect its own interests.”

The seven members of the City Council who, on January 11, 2023, joined Louijeune in calling for an investigation of crisis pregnancy centers were Councilors Ricardo Arroyo, Kenzie Bok, Liz Breadon, Tania Fernandes Anderson, Gabriela Coletta, Brian Worrell, and the Council President, Ed Flynn.


 

NEWS RELEASE

THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2023

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SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW OFFICIAL WORKED FOR COMMUNIST FRONT

Conservative media platforms have been reporting the arrest of a staff attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center—Thomas Webb Jurgens—who participated in a violent Antifa attack on a police and fire training center outside of Atlanta.

On March 5th, armed and black clad Antifa anarchists invaded the Atlanta Public Safety Training Facility in South River Forest, Georgia, setting fires, destroying construction equipment, and hurling rocks, bricks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails at police officers.

Thirty-five individuals were arrested in connection with the attack. Twenty-three, including Jurgens, were charged with domestic terrorism.

The arson, vandalism, and assaults on police came less than a month after the leak of a memo from the Virginia office of the FBI, targeting traditional Catholics as violent extremists, which cited the Southern Poverty Law Center as its source.

The Soros funded SPLC has now defended Jurgens, claiming that he was acting as a “legal observer” for the National Lawyers Guild. Largely overlooked in this controversy, is the fact that the National Lawyers Guild has long been identified as a front group for the Communist Party, USA.

The House Un-American Activities Committee once described the NLG as the “foremost legal bulwark of the Communist Party,” an assessment shared by U.S. Attorney General Herbert Brownell.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The SPLC has a long, mendacious and disreputable history of demonizing social conservatives and traditional Catholics as extremists who belong to ‘hate groups.’”

“Now we find that one of the SPLC’s attorneys, Thomas Jurgens, participated in a terrorist attack by an actual extremist group—Antifa—which has an extensive record of destructive acts of criminal violence.”

“Moreover, this SPLC official collaborated with Antifa on behalf of another extremist organization—the NLG—which is affiliated with the Communist Party, undoubtedly the most murderous hate group in human history.”

“The SPLC is a lucrative bunco scheme which monetizes left wing paranoia by inciting fear of conservative Christians. As of the end of fiscal 2021, its total assets exceeded $800 million, while its annual income was north of $130 million.”

“Honest observers have long known that the SPLC traded in fear, calumny and bigotry. Now we know that the SPLC has a link to domestic terrorism and Communism.”

“Only journalists devoid of professional ethics and personal integrity could continue to cite the now discredited Southern Poverty Law Center as a credible source on extremism in America.”


NEWS RELEASE

FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2023

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM THREATENED IN THE GRANITE STATE

A proposed law before the New Hampshire House of Representatives would force Catholic and other pro-life physicians to either perform or make referrals for sterilizations.

House Bill 277—An Act relative to patients’ right to sterilization treatment, would make it unlawful for a Granite State physician to refuse any person who has attained the age of 18, and who requests it, a sterilization, unless they refer the patient to another physician willing to conduct the procedure.

The legislation mandates disciplinary proceedings for doctors who refuse to comply.

Traditionally, surgeons have been unwilling to perform irreversible procedures on healthy young people who have no underlying medical conditions.

The sponsor of the legislation is State Representative Ellen Read (D-Newmarket).

The opposition of the Catholic Church to sterilization is definitive and longstanding. The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs “Except when performed for strictly therapeutic medical reasons, directly intended amputations, mutilations, and sterilizations performed on innocent persons are against the moral law.”

Papal condemnations of sterilization can be found in the encyclicals, and other teachings, of Popes Pius XI, Pius XII, Paul VI and John Paul II. In Humanae Vitae, Paul VI stated “Equally to be condemned, as the magisterium of the Church has affirmed on many occasions, is direct sterilization, whether of the man or of the woman, whether permanent or temporary.”

In Evangelium Vitae, Saint John Paul II identified sterilization as part of a “conspiracy against life.”

The Ethical and Religious Directives for Health Care Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops enjoin “Direct sterilization of either men or women, whether permanent or temporary, is not permitted in a Catholic health care institution.”

For Catholic physicians, participating in an intrinsically immoral act—by making referrals for sterilizations—would constitute formal cooperation with evil.

The Catholic Action League characterized the measure as an “assault on religious liberty, an affront to the freedom of conscience, and a threat to the integrity of Catholic health care in New Hampshire.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Coming at a time when the Biden administration is attempting to coerce pro-life doctors into performing abortions and ‘transgender’ surgeries, this legislation is another chilling example of the increasingly totalitarian character of left-wing politics in America.”

“For so-called progressives, foundational freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, are now dispensable when they conflict with their woke agenda for ‘reproductive rights.’”

“Contrary to a misleading report in the New Hampshire Union Leader, there is no provision in the text of the bill for a religious exemption.”

“This despotic measure, contrary to natural law, must be opposed, and it must be made clear that, in the unlikely event it secures passage, it will be met with widespread non-compliance, that is to say, civil disobedience.”


NEWS UPDATE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2023

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— MASS AG TARGETS PREGNANCY CENTERS

— SUNUNU INSULTS PRO-LIFERS

— NH HOUSE VOTES TO DENY VOUCHERS TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

— RI BISHOP TOBIN DEFENDS LATIN MASS

I. New MA AG Targets Crisis Pregnancy Centers—The new Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Andrea Campbell, has joined the disinformation campaign, initiated by NARAL Pro-Choice America, to demonize, restrict and repress pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.

In a February 18th interview with The Boston Globe, Campbell announced that she will target crisis pregnancy centers with civil litigation, resorting to the state’s consumer protection statute prohibiting unfair or deceptive business practices.

Campbell said that she “intends to take the lead nationally on protecting abortion and reproductive rights...” In January, Campbell partnered with the ACLU, other abortion proponents and several white shoe law firms to establish the “Abortion Legal Hotline.”

As a candidate, Campbell promised to “Expose Crisis Pregnancy Centers” and “Create a cross-bureau reproductive justice unit within the Attorney General’s Office,” which would “...develop new ways to hold crisis pregnancy centers accountable...”

While Campbell, Governor Healey, and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey pursue their campaign against pro-life volunteers trying to aid women in troubled pregnancies, these volunteers and their facilities remain objects of criminal violence by abortion fanatics.

In the last nine months, there have been, at least, a half dozen acts of vandalism perpetrated against pro-life centers in the Bay State, including ones in Easthampton, Revere and Worcester, while an archdiocesan affiliated Boston center had to be evacuated following threats.

Attorney General Campbell has made no statement promising the prosecution of violent offenders seeking to damage private property and impede the exercise of constitutional rights by pro-life citizens.

II. Sununu Insults Pro-Lifers—Echoing Kamala Harris—who defames pro-life Americans as extremists—New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has told the militantly pro-abortion New York Times “I am a conservative. I’m just not an extremist.”

Sununu is exploring a possible run for the Republican nomination for President in 2024. His remark is seen as an unsubtle jab at his two likely opponents, President Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis, both of whom support the right to life.

Sununu, a baptized Catholic, is a longtime supporter of abortion and contraception, and the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. In a 2021 interview, Sununu told NH Today “To be clear, Roe v. Wade needs to stay in place. I’m a big supporter of it. I’m pro-choice.”

III. New Hampshire House Votes To Deny Vouchers To Catholic School Students—On February 23rd, in a close party line vote, a temporary Democratic majority (due to absences) in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, passed HB 430—AN ACT relative to applications for the education freedom accounts program.

This punitive measure, antagonistic to parental rights and religious freedom, would limit access to the Granite State’s successful tuition voucher program—the Educational Freedom Account—to public school students, thus excluding home schooled children and students at private and parochial schools.

This discriminatory legislation, a special interest bill filed on behalf of the American Federation of Teachers-NH, would almost certainly fail a constitutional test before the U.S. Supreme Court, given the high court’s 2022 decision in Carson v. Makin, which struck down an identical measure in Maine.

It may not come to that however. It is unlikely to pass in the state Senate, and it will require a second vote in the House, where Republicans still retain a slender majority.

IV. Bishop Tobin Defends Latin Mass Catholics—The outgoing Bishop of Providence, the Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, has become one of the few members of the Catholic episcopate to publicly criticize Pope Francis for his unwarranted and increasingly harsh restrictions directed against Catholics who attend the traditional Latin Mass.

In a tweet on February 21st, Tobin said “The way the Vatican is dealing with the Traditional Latin Mass does not seem to me to be the “style of God.” Pope Francis himself has emphasized that those who are attached to the TLM should be “accompanied, listened to, and given time.”

In his latest Rescript, the Pope has now removed all discretion from local bishops in exempting churches from the papal ban on celebrations of the traditional rite in parishes. This will result in the end of Catholicism’s ancient liturgy in most Catholic venues in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The modernist Pope’s demented war, on the one orthodox movement in the Church which exhibits growth, is, sadly, escalating.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

FEBRUARY 19, 2023 — Published February 26

The People’ s Forum
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To the Editor:

Raymond Mariano, in his latest column, professes astonishment that anyone would protest drag queens reading to children in public libraries, (Raymond V. Mariano: Disrupting children’s ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ is cowardly, 2/17/2023).

According to Mariano, there are far more important issues to be concerned about, like climate change and gun violence.

Perhaps Mariano should follow his own advice. Last year, in May, and again in June, Mariano devoted two entire columns to a controversy over Rainbow flags and BLM banners flown at Nativity School in Worcester.

Imagine all the column inches that could have been devoted to gun violence and climate change had Mariano not wasted so much ink mocking and maligning Worcester Bishop Robert McManus over an internal affair of the Catholic Church.

Sincerely,

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


NEWS ANALYSIS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2023

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WHY IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SILENT ABOUT SENATOR ED MARKEY?

On February 7th, at the State of the Union Address in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey, (D-MA), wore a pin on his suit jacket, presented to him by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which read, in capital letters, ABORTION.

The first letter O in the pin was in the shape of a heart—the universal symbol of love. Any reasonable observer would conclude that the message which Markey wished to convey was his love for abortion.

A pro-life state legislator, Markey was first elected to Congress in 1976 emphasizing his opposition to abortion and forced busing. He remained an opponent of abortion for his first seven years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election in 2013, Markey has long been a strident advocate for legal and publicly funded abortion, and an inflexible opponent of all restrictions on abortion. He enjoys a 100% rating from both the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America. Both organizations have, repeatedly, endorsed and extolled him.

In 2019, Markey spoke at a press conference in front of the Planned Parenthood abortuary in Boston, where he condemned President Trump’s decision to enforce the Title X prohibition on the use of federal family planning dollars for abortion.

In 2022, Markey joined the pro-abortion campaign to demonize and repress pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.

Markey, a baptized Catholic, is a graduate of four Catholic educational institutions: Immaculate Conception School, Malden Catholic High School, Boston College, and Boston College Law School.

Describing himself as “Jesuit trained,” Markey maintains that his approach to public policy is directly informed by his Catholic Faith: “My basic text for everything I do is the Sermon on the Mount. Blessed are the poor. That’s Medicaid. Blessed are the elderly. That’s Medicare. Blessed are the children. That’s Head Start. Blessed are those in prison. That’s making sure we don’t imprison a whole generation of African-Americans the way we did with the crack cocaine epidemic.”

According to his interviewer, Mike Damiano of Boston Magazine, Markey told him all of this while walking to a Planned Parenthood rally in Washington in 2017.

The Catholic Church has condemned abortion since the first century, when its original catechism, the Didache, taught, in the year 70 AD, “you shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill that which is begotten.”

In 2009, the Holy See reaffirmed the solemn declaration of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, which proclaimed that “abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.”

Since 1973, at least 64 million unborn children have been killed through surgical and medical abortions in the United States.

Sadly, but unsurprisingly, no Catholic prelate, institution or newspaper in the Commonwealth has denounced Markey for his pin celebrating abortion, nor has the Knights of Columbus, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, or any of the four Catholic schools which Markey attended.

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts characterized Markey’s decision to disgrace himself by wearing an emblem affirming abortion as “depraved posturing by a vile quisling engaged in a sordid act of public treachery against the Faith of his baptism.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C.J. Doyle made the following comment: “If there is anything more reprehensible than Markey’s open apostasy, it is the systemic silence of official Catholicism in Massachusetts.”

“The Bay State has one Catholic archdiocese, three dioceses, four diocesan newspapers, two Catholic television stations, a dozen Catholic colleges and universities, hundreds of parishes, and scores of Catholic organizations.”

“The Archdiocese of Boston, alone, has two PR firms and a six figure plus communications director, yet no one can speak out about the scandal of self identified Catholic in Congress displaying a demonic symbol of love for the mass murder of the unborn.”

“Silence equals consent. Since Catholic institutions routinely give awards, honors and platforms to pro-abortion political figures, and say nothing about public betrayals of the Faith by these same office holders, pro-life Catholics are led to an inescapable conclusion.”

“That conclusion is that our religious leaders have quietly conformed to the dominant secular culture, surrendered to the spirit of the times, and abandoned the innocent unborn to pitiless destruction at the hands of moral monsters like Edward Markey.”

“While Markey receives a pass for his odious pandering to the child killing industry, one should remember the fate of Father Daniel Moloney, the former chaplain at MIT, who was asked to resign by Cardinal Sean O’Malley.”

“Unlike Ed Markey, Father Moloney never advocated the killing of an entire class of human beings. His offense was that he once stated, accurately, that George Floyd ‘had not lived a virtuous life.’”

“Punishing those under your authority for telling an unpopular truth, while refusing to confront the powerful for promoting a crime, is the conduct of a coward and bully, not a pastor.”

“Almost the entire institutional infrastructure of American Catholicism has been lost to the pro-life movement. If the right to life is to be vindicated in American society, the Catholic Church must be reformed.”


NEWS RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2023

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CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE HAILS SJC RULING ON THE PERSONHOOD OF THE PREBORN CHILD

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today hailed the decision of the Bay State’s Supreme Judicial Court in Commonwealth v. Peter Ronchi, which reaffirmed the legal personhood of a viable preborn child.

In 2012, Peter Ronchi of Marblehead was convicted for the 2009 murder of his girlfriend, Yuliya Galperina, who was nearly nine months pregnant. The trial judge, treating the unborn child as a second victim, sentenced Ronchi to two consecutive life sentences for two counts of first degree murder.

The judge followed the precedent set by the SJC in the 1984 decision Commonwealth v. Cass, which found that “An offspring of human parents cannot reasonably be considered to be other than a human being, and therefore a person, first within, and then in normal course, outside the womb.”

The court held, therefore, that the “infliction of prenatal injuries resulting in the death of a viable fetus, before or after it is born, is homicide.”

In its ruling yesterday, rejecting Ronchi’s appeal, the SJC went further, stating: “A viable fetus is a human being under the law of homicide. A fetus is viable when there is a reasonable likelihood of the fetus’s sustained survival outside the womb, with or without artificial support.”

The court also abandoned the legal doctrine that “murder may be reduced to voluntary manslaughter where there are extenuating circumstances, such as sudden passion based on provocation.” Gasperina had told Ronchi, just prior to her death, the child was not his.

The Catholic Action League called the decision “further, compelling and inescapable evidence that the legal tradition of Western Civilization has always upheld the humanity of the unborn.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The Commonwealth’s Supreme Court—hardly a bastion of conservative constitutional theory—has stated, once again, that a preborn child is a legal person deserving protection, but qualifies this principle with the modifying adjective ‘viable’.”

“How a relative—viability—can define an absolute—human life—is something which the court declined to explain. Nonetheless, the ruling is a useful reminder that the child in utero is not, as Planned Parenthood tells its victims, a mere clump of cells.”

“Whatever political advantages the advocates of legal abortion enjoy today, they cannot evade thousands of years of legal precedents, religious beliefs, philosophical principles and medical ethics acknowledging the humanity of the child in the womb.”

“Proponents of legal abortion will be dismayed to learn that, in its coverage of the story, The Boston Globe used the phrase ‘unborn child’, while The Salem News referred to ‘the child’.”

In his comment on the case, Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker said: “I’m pleased the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the defendant’s convictions in the brutal slayings of Yuliya Galperina and her unborn son.”


NEWS RELEASE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2023

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FBI DISAVOWS MEMO TARGETING CATHOLICS FOR SURVEILLANCE

One day after it was leaked to the public, the Federal Bureau of Investigation retracted a memo by its Richmond, Virginia field office, which called for the surveillance of traditional Catholics as prospective allies of “white nationalists,” and “violent extremists.”

The memo, citing the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center, identified nine traditional Catholic organizations—including the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary—as hate groups which it recommended for “assessment,” “threat mitigation,” and “source recruitment.”

The memo also attempted to link, without evidence, the orthodox Catholic news organization, Church Militant, with racial extremists.

Yesterday, the FBI disavowed the memo, saying that it did “not meet the exacting standards of the FBI,” adding that “Upon learning of the document, FBI Headquarters quickly began taking action to remove the document from FBI systems and conduct a review of the basis for the document.”

The Bureau went on to say that it “will never conduct investigative activities or open an investigation based solely on First Amendment protected activity.”

The Catholic Action League hailed the decision as a “victory for the Bill of Rights, the liberty of the Church and the rule of law.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle stated: “While the leadership of the FBI did the right thing by quickly withdrawing this un-American document, it remains troubling that some individuals working for the nation’s top law enforcement agency would have such an attenuated commitment to our constitutional freedoms.”

“The pernicious influence of left-wing woke culture is achieving dangerous levels of penetration in mainstream American institutions, and faithful Catholics, committed to Scriptural and natural law morality, will always be among its first objects of persecution.“

As the courageous Anglican champion of Catholic Emancipation, John Philpot Curran, once warned, ‘The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.’”


NEWS RELEASE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2023

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POPE CALLS FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF SODOMY

During an airborne news conference on a flight home from South Sudan on February 5th, Pope Francis called, once again, for the legalization of homosexuality.

In a January 24th interview with Nicole Winfield of the Associated Press, Francis said "Being homosexual isn’t a crime," and characterized legal prohibitions against homosexual behavior as "unjust." He went on to say that the Church must work to overturn such laws and that bishops who opposed their repeal "have to have a process of conversion."

In yesterday’s remarks, Francis reaffirmed his position, saying "To condemn someone like this is a sin," and added "Criminalizing people with homosexual tendencies is an injustice."

The Pope’s comments were quickly endorsed by his Protestant traveling companions, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Ian Greenshields, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland.

The Pope’s earlier comments were hailed by the homosexual lawfare group GLAAD—an organization which opposed the rights of Catholics in Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade controversy—and by the dissident New Ways Ministry, opponents of Catholic morality which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops condemned in 2010.

GLAAD CEO Sarah Ellis said the Pontiff’s "historic statement" was "a game changer," while New Ways Director Francis DiBernardo "rejoiced" at the Pope’s remarks.

The anti-Catholic hate group, Dignity USA, which actually hailed the death of Pope Benedict as the "end of a long, painful era for LGBTQIA+ Catholics," pointed out that it was the Vatican in 2010 which led efforts at the UN to oppose the decriminalization of homosexual behavior.

The Catholic Action League called the Pope’s assertions "a major victory for the homosexual movement, which will be presented to public opinion as papal affirmation of same sex relations and the LGBTQ identity."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "The scandalous, improvident and un-Catholic remarks of Pope Francis will confuse and mislead the faithful, empower and embolden the opponents of Christian morality, and demoralize and marginalize its defenders."

"These remarks will, in the long term, have significant adverse effects on the struggle to preserve what remains of moral sanity in Western society and to protect the already circumscribed rights of religious believers."

"A key papal ally, Cardinal McElroy of San Diego, has now characterized opposition to the homosexual agenda as ‘demonic’ and rooted in ‘a profound and visceral animus toward members of the L.G.B.T. communities.’"

"What the Pope said not only undermines perennial Catholic moral teaching, but repudiates 1,700 years of Christian legal principles."

"Beginning in the fourth century AD, all Christian legal traditions—Roman Law, Canon Law, English Common Law and the positive laws of Christian states—have, harkening back to Mosaic Law, treated sodomy as a crime against nature, and have, accordingly, prohibited it, and attached penalties to its practice."

“Unlike Francis, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church understood sodomy to be both a sin and a crime. The Angelic Doctor, Saint Thomas Aquinas, quotes Saint Augustine’s statement that ‘Those foul offenses that are against nature should be everywhere and at all times detested and punished...’”

"As recently as 1989, the Achdiocese of Boston and the Massachusetts Catholic Conference opposed legislation to make homosexuals and lesbians a protected class in Bay State civil rights law."

"The callous readiness to jettison centuries of Catholic thought and praxis speaks volumes about the arrogance, recklessness and historical and theological illiteracy that has come to characterize this papacy."

"Although no one should underestimate the immense harm to society caused by the Pontiff’s injudicious remarks, opinions offered to reporters during air travel do not constitute Catholic teaching. The media should resist the temptation to view Catholic principles as mere policies, which the Pope, as CEO, can alter or abandon."


NEWS RELEASE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2023

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UNLIKE CLERICAL ABUSE, MEDIA DOWNPLAYS SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The newspaper of Boston’s African American community, The Bay State Banner, is reporting that students in the Boston Public Schools experienced 744 incidents of sexual assault in the 2021-2022 school year.

According to the BPS, this figure includes not only sexual violence, but sexual harassment and student on student sexual misconduct.

Increased incidences of physical violence and sexual assault in the public schools are fueling demands by Boston City Councilors to return police officers to the schools.

In comparison, a July, 2003 report by the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts revealed that there were, at least, 789 documented complaints of sexual abuse against priests of the Archdiocese of Boston over a forty year period from 1940 to 2000.

If taken at face value, these figures would indicate that the ratio of sexual abuse in the Boston Public Schools versus that in the Archdiocese of Boston is, approximately, 40 to 1. Moreover, the numbers in the former represent one city, while the latter is comprised of five counties.

The Catholic Action League called the revelations “shocking and astonishing, made all the more so by the absence of a moral panic in the Boston media.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The molestation of minors by homosexual priests was an abominable crime. The anemically inadequate response by those in authority in the Church was a scandal, an injustice, a betrayal, and a gross dereliction of duty.”

“The Church ought to be held to a higher standard than secular society. Nonetheless, the current revelations underscore the brazen double standard and the audacious hypocrisy of Boston’s media and political elites.”

“When it comes to sexual abuse in the public schools, there are no front page headlines, demands for resignations, or calls for prosecutions and government investigations. There is no daily drum beat of articles, editorials, columns, and op-ed pieces. There are no lead stories in television news coverage or drive time discussions on talk radio.”

The Boston Globe actually downplayed the story, suggesting that the numbers were ‘murky.’

“No one should believe that the media campaign against the Catholic Church twenty years ago was motivated by a desire to protect children. The Globe believes that 64 million dead children from abortion aren’t enough.”

“For the Globe and the rest of the Boston media, coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church always had just one purpose—discrediting, neutralizing and destroying the public influence of an institution they regarded as a political, cultural and ideological enemy. Minimal Boston media attention to appalling figures of sexual abuse in the public schools confirms that reality, once again.”


MEDIA UPDATE

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2023

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

THE LEAGUE IN THE NEWS

On January 8th, a letter to the editor from the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, responding to uninformed criticisms of the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, was published, unedited and in its entirety, by the Boston Sunday Herald.

On January 1st, New Hampshire’s Rochester Voice carried the League’s comments mourning the death of Pope Benedict.

The January print edition of the Boston Broadside published the League’s News Release on the undercounting of anti-Catholic incidents in the FBI’s annual report on hate crimes in the United States. The Broadside also printed a League Press Statement on proposed legislation—House Bill 662—which would ensure that public school students in the Commonwealth were taught about the development of the child in utero.

The Fatima Center has now posted on its website a video of League Executive Director C. J. Doyle’s talk on the New England and eugenicist origins of the anti-life movement in American law, politics, jurisprudence and public policy.

The talk, delivered at the Fatima Center Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire, is entitled Fatima Foretold Attacks on the Faith:The New England Model. It can also be seen on YouTube and on Rumble.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

JANUARY 6, 2023 — Published on January 8th.

Letters
Boston Herald
100 Grossman Drive, 4th Floor
Braintree, Massachusetts 02184
letterstoeditor@bostonherald.com

To the Editor,

Gary Franks’ ill timed, one sided and uninformed column on Pope Benedict was a mixture of factual errors, unwarranted conclusions and irrelevant assertions, (Franks: Pope’s passing sparks reflections on scandals & fallout, 1/6/2023).

Franks made the preposterous claim that Cardinal Ratzinger was responsible for disciplining clerical offenders for 25 years before becoming Pope. Ratzinger’s authority over sexual abuses cases in the Church extended for just four years, from 2001 to 2005.

He actually sought that responsibility because he believed bishops were not doing enough to remove perverts from the priesthood. Many objective observers credit then Cardinal Ratzinger with revolutionary initiatives which resulted in the first effective action by the Vatican to combat clerical sexual abuse.

As Cardinal and as Pope, Benedict had 848 molesting priests defrocked. Among them was the previously untouchable Reverend Marcial Maciel of the Legionaries of Christ. Benedict was also the first Pope to meet with sexual abuse victims.

There are many culprits in the scandal of sexual abuse in the Church. Benedict XVI is not one of them.

Sincerely,

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

Attention: Sandra Kent, Editorial Page Editor


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