TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CRITICIZES SETTLEMENT IN MATTHEW BARRETT V. FONTBONNE ACADEMY
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized the decision of Fontbonne Academy in Milton, the Catholic secondary school administered by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, to reach a legal settlement with Matthew Barrett, who was declined for the position of Food Services Director at the school after he lied in a job interview, and then revealed he had entered into a same gender civil "marriage."
In a July 9, 2013 interview at Fontbonne, Barrett---who had previously worked in the Milton Public Schools---responded affirmatively when told that all school employees were considered "ministers of the mission," and that he would be expected to model Catholic teachings and values. He then listed on an emergency contact form his so-called "husband."
When refused the position, Barrett sued the school for gender and sexual orientation discrimination in employment, and was represented by the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, (GLAAD).
In a December 16, 2015 decision for the plaintiff, Norfolk Superior Court Associate Justice Douglas H. Wilkins ruled that the Catholic school enjoyed no constitutional protections in this matter, and that neither the ministerial exception, nor the religious exemption to the 1989 Massachusetts "Gay Rights" law applied.
Fontbonne failed to appeal the decision, allowing it to stand, and, as part of the settlement, financially compensated Barrett.
The Catholic Action League called the school’s surrender "an act of appeasement which will have chilling implications for the religious freedom rights of Catholic institutions."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle commented: "If left unchallenged, this ruling will coerce Catholic institutions, in Massachusetts, at least, to hire those who not only reject Catholic moral teachings, but who believe those teachings to be bigotry, hatred and homophobia."
"More disturbingly, Judge Wilkins, in his decision, asserted that the ministerial exception extended only to the school’s administration, chaplaincy, and faculty of theology. Catholic education, however, involves teaching philosophy, history, ethics, social science, political science, and languages from a Catholic perspective. Now, under threat of civil penalties, Catholic schools may be compelled to hire and pay those who repudiate and despise that perspective to instruct Catholic students."
"Fontbonne's decision is disappointing, but not surprising. For most Catholic preparatory schools, colleges and universities, fidelity to Catholic moral teachings comes in a distant third to institutional fundraising and fashionable, culturally conforming academic liberalism."
"Nonetheless, the silence of the Archdiocese of Boston, the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, and of Fontbonne Academy itself demonstrates an appalling lack of courage — or worse, an unconscionable lack of conviction — in the face of a calculated aggression against the constitutional rights of the Catholic community."
"The time has come for Catholics to cease drawing artificial distinctions between sexual orientation and sexual behavior, and between sexual orientation and same sex ‘marriage.’ As Judge Wilkins has lucidly pointed out, such attempts at middle ground are no longer sustainable."
Just as the American Civil Liberties Union is trying to destroy the Catholic hospital system by forcing Catholic institutions to perform abortions, GLAAD is attempting to destroy the Catholic school system by forcing Catholic institutions to engage practitioners of sodomy. We have entered an era of anti-Catholic totalitarianism. Meanwhile, our priests and prelates are seen smiling with quisling politicians who serve, aid and abet the persecutors of the Church.
ABOVE: Cardinal O’Malley with NARAL award recipient Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, who recently raised the "transgendered" flag over City Hall, and banned city travel to North Carolina because of that state’s refusal to admit grown men to girls rest facilities. Walsh, in violation of the Bishops’ statement Catholics in Political Life, was Co-Chairperson of a fundraiser at the Archdiocesan affiliated Laboure Center, where this photo was taken. In July, the Cardinal will lead a pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine at Knock, in Mayo, with Marty Walsh. Photo credit: southbostononline.com
ABOVE: “Man for Choice 2016” award recipient, Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, shown here at the NARAL Pro Choice Massachusetts event in February. Photo credit: Tania Barthelemy
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE WARNS OF DANGER TO RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS IN TAX CASE BEFORE SJC
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is warning of the danger to the economic autonomy of religious institutions in the Commonwealth because of a tax case being heard this morning before the Supreme Judicial Court. In Shrine of Our Lady of La Sallette v. Board of Assessors of Attleboro, the popular Catholic shrine — administered by the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Sallette — is appealing the decision of the City of Attleboro to levy property taxes on a portion of the land owned by the religious order.
Attleboro assessors claim that a visitors center and maintenance shed attached to the shrine are not being used for a religious purpose, and therefore, are not tax exempt. As the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board upheld the city’s claim, the case now goes before the state’s highest court.
The Catholic Action League is calling the city’s attempt to arbitrarily divide the shrine’s property for tax collection purposes "a novel and unheard of interpretation of law, which will result in a dangerous and unprecedented expansion of state power, allowing municipal bureaucrats to decide which portion of religiously owned land comprises part of a religious ministry."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "Chief Justice John Marshall famously warned that ‘the power to tax involves the power to destroy.’ If Attleboro prevails, then the tax exempt status of religious property, instead of being an insurmountable barrier against state interference — consistent with the free exercise guarantees found in both the U. S. and Massachusetts constitutions — will now become a point of negotiation between religious organizations and local government."
"Government will now have an economic incentive towards defining down religious activity to worship, imperiling the ability of religious institutions to carry on their charitable and other apostolates. The danger to religious freedom is manifest."
"Empowering local government officials to decide what constitutes part of a religious ministry is, precisely, the kind of slippery slope — 'excessive government entanglement' — with religion prohibited by the U. S. Supreme Court in Lemon v. Kurtzman. Historically, many Catholic monasteries have supported themselves by operating farms, dairies and vineyards. If these can now be taxed, then the government can, effectively, shut down entire religious institutions by destroying their economic viability."
"The Massachusetts Council of Churches is correct in its statement that ‘this conversation happens at the property line.’ The Supreme Judicial Court should find in favor of religious independence from state interference."
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CALLS UPON ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INITIATE HATE CRIMES INVESTIGATION
IN VANDALISM OF CATHOLIC CHURCHES
Virgin Mary statue at Saint Catherine of Siena
parish, Norwood, MA. (Boston Globe photo)
Virgin Mary statue at Saint Margaret’s
parish, Burlington, MA. (CBS News photo)
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today wrote to the Attorney General of the Commonwealth, Maura Healey, asking her to open a hate crimes investigation — under Chapter 265, Section 39 of the General Laws — regarding the ongoing vandalism of Catholic churches. Since December, four Catholic parishes in the Bay State have been the target of malicious property destruction of religious statues and stained glass windows by nocturnal vandals, three in the last six days alone.
- On December 8th, a brick was hurled through a one hundred year old stained glass window depicting Saint Thomas Aquinas at Saint Edith Stein Parish in Brockton.
- On March 25th, the evening of Good Friday, a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Norwood was doused in black paint and defaced with graffiti.
- On March 27th, the evening of Easter Sunday, three statues, including one of Our Lady, were decapitated on the grounds of Saint Margaret’s Parish in Burlington. The statue of Our Lady also had its hands cut off, and rosaries were strewn on the ground.
- On March 29th, a statue of the Virgin was decapitated at Saint Mary’s Parish in Billerica.
At least eight Catholic churches have been the object of violent depredations in Massachusetts since January of 2012. The targeting and the particular method of destruction of the representations of Our Lady, could suggest a possible occult or Satanic connection.
In his letter to the Attorney General, Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle stated: "The number and increasing frequency of these attacks upon Catholic churches, their malicious timing, coinciding with Catholic holy days, and the heartbreaking effects being suffered by the Catholic faithful, should not be treated by law enforcement as a mere accumulation of isolated incidents. As these criminal episodes have, in the past three months, occurred in Middlesex, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties, and in four different police jurisdictions, we urge the Attorney General’s Office to undertake an investigation of these acts of property destruction perpetrated against Catholic religious iconography, with a view to prosecute them as hate crimes."
LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL
March 31, 2016
The Honorable Maura T. Healey
Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Office of the Attorney General
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-1518
Dear Attorney General,
As you are probably aware, three Catholic Churches in Massachusetts, in the last six days, have been targets of vandalism — Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Norwood, Saint Margaret’s Parish in Burlington, and Saint Mary’s Parish in Billerica. In each incident, a statue of the Virgin Mary was either defaced or decapitated. A fourth parish, Saint Edith Stein in Brockton, suffered the loss of a stained glass window depicting Saint Thomas Aquinas, when a brick was hurled through it last December.
At least eight Catholic churches in the Commonwealth have been attacked since the beginning of 2012. In the last year in New England, these episodes have increased alarmingly. Nearby, across the border in Rhode Island, four Catholic churches in Providence, including the cathedral, were the objects of either graffiti or property destruction in the summer of 2015 alone.
Chapter 265, Section 39 (a) of the General Laws states: "Whoever commits an assault or a battery upon a person or damages the real or personal property of a person with the intent to intimidate such person because of such person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability shall be punished by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than two and a half years, or by both such fine and imprisonment."
The Hate Crimes Reporting Act of 1991, (Chapter 434 of the Acts of 1991/Chapter 22C, Section 32, MGL), even more broadly defines a hate crime as "any criminal act coupled with overt actions motivated by bigotry and bias including, but not limited to, a threatened, attempted or completed overt act motivated at least in part by racial, religious, ethnic, handicap, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation prejudice, or which otherwise deprives another person of his constitutional rights by threats, intimidation or coercion, or which seeks to interfere or disrupt a person’s exercise of constitutional rights through harassment or intimidation."
The number and increasing frequency of these attacks upon Catholic churches, their malicious timing, coinciding with Catholic holy days, and the heartbreaking effects being suffered by the Catholic faithful, should not be treated by law enforcement as a mere accumulation of isolated incidents. As these criminal episodes have, in the past three months, occurred in Middlesex, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties, and in four different police jurisdictions, we urge the Attorney General’s Office to undertake an investigation of these acts of property destruction perpetrated against Catholic religious iconography, with a view to prosecute them as hate crimes.
C. J. Doyle
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CALLS FOR HATE CRIME INVESTIGATION IN CHURCH VANDALISM
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is calling upon the Norwood Police and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office to pursue a hate crime investigation following the desecration of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in the Town of Norwood. Sometime on the night of Good Friday — the most solemn day of the liturgical year — the statue, which is located on the lawn in front of the parish school, was doused in black paint and spray painted with graffiti. Initial reports indicate that the statue may be beyond repair.
Under Chapter 265, Section 39 (a) of the General Laws of the Commonwealth, property damage or destruction with the intent to intimidate because of a person’s religion shall be punished by imprisonment in a house of correction for up to two and a half years, or by a fine of up to $5,000, or both.
The Catholic Action League called the vandalism "a brazen and malicious crime, timed to inflict maximum emotional distress on the parishioners of Saint Catherine’s."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "There has been a disturbing number of attacks made against Catholic churches in New England in recent years. Just last December, a brick was hurled through a stained glass window depicting Saint Thomas Aquinas at Saint Edith Stein Parish in Brockton. The Town of Norwood, particularly, seems to have a troubling history of mayhem directed against Christian iconography. Nativity scenes in that town have been the object of repeated acts of vandalism."
"Whatever the motivation of the perpetrators, Catholics in Massachusetts have a constitutional right to observe Holy Week and celebrate Easter without being the target of destructive depredations at the hands of lawless thugs. Those responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
MORE THAN 5,8OO CATHOLICS SIGN PETITION TO REMOVE SAINT PATRICK'S NAME FROM SOUTH BOSTON PARADE
As of this morning, more than 5,800 concerned Catholics have now signed the online petition — sponsored by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts and MassResistance — to remove the venerable name of Saint Patrick from the South Boston parade, which will be held tomorrow, on Palm Sunday.
The petition is a response to the decision by the parade organizers, the Allied War Veterans Council, to permit, for the second year in a row, two homosexual groups, OUTVETS and Boston Pride, to join the line of march.
Last year, under intense political pressure from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Congressman Stephen Lynch, a minority on the veterans council, led by Brian Mahoney and Edward Flynn, engineered a reversal of the principled, longstanding position of Council Commander John J. "Wacko" Hurley, who refused to allow any group hostile to traditional Catholic values to impose a discordant message on the parade.
Hurley, a Catholic daily communicant who died last November, won a 9 to 0 victory before the U. S. Supreme Court in June, 1995, in the landmark case of Hurley v. GLIB, which affirmed the right of parade organizers to control the content of their own parade.
The Catholic Action League is calling the presence of OUTVETS and Boston Pride "an affront to everything Saint Patrick believed in and struggled for throughout his life."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "The holy day of Saint Patrick is not celebrated to promote public acceptance of the mortal sin of sodomy or to legitimize other forms of behavior described by the Catechism as ‘grave depravity.’"
"OUTVETS and Boston Pride are not there to honor Saint Patrick for bringing the Catholic Faith to Ireland. They have nothing but contempt for the Catholic religion, express pride in rejecting its moral teachings, and castigate those who uphold Catholic morality as bigots and haters. They are shamelessly exploiting the name of a Catholic saint to advance their anti-Catholic ideology."
"Saint Patrick, in a single lifetime, converted an entire nation from Celtic paganism to Roman Catholicism. Homosexual activists, like those marching in the South Boston parade, want to reverse the achievement of Saint Patrick, de-Christianize our culture, and return society to a pre-Christian, neo-pagan morality."
"Since the members of the veterans council have, obviously, no remorse over their betrayal of their Faith, their heritage, and their late Council Commander, we hope they might, at least, have the simple human decency to heed the call of thousands of faithful Catholics, and disassociate the name of our patron saint from the pro-homosexual carnival which will take place in South Boston on Palm Sunday."
SAINT PATRICK’S DAY GREETINGS
FROM THE CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
Perhaps nowhere else in Christendom can an entire nation and its vast diaspora of descendants trace their Catholic Faith and culture — and their prospects for eternal salvation — to a single saint. Our debt of gratitude to Saint Patrick is immense and unmeasurable.
Saint Patrick (+461) is the Apostle of Ireland and was the first bishop and archbishop of Armagh. He is also the principal patron saint of the Archdiocese of Boston.
The feast of Saint Patrick is not "a municipal festival," as one non-Catholic judge erroneously asserted during the Saint Patrick's Day parade case twenty-four years ago. Nor is it merely a communal celebration of ethnic pride, as one nominally Catholic ex-state senator tried to tell us.
We commemorate the feast of our patron saint because he brought the Catholic Faith to Ireland, delivering that nation, and us, from the darkness of paganism, and showing us the fountains "that rise in the heart of Our Savior above."
Only two Catholic organizations in Massachusetts in the last quarter of a century, the Immaculate Heart of Mary School and the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, have publicly defended the venerable name of our patron saint from sacrilegious exploitation and coarse trivialization by the enemies of Catholicity. The silence of our bishops, priests, deacons, and religious is a terrible betrayal, which speaks to cowardice, the loss of Faith, the desire for human respect, and the malign influence of effeminacy in the ranks of the Church.
As the contemporary forces of paganism continue their assault against the Christian character of March 17th, and attempt to deform our feast day, let us never forget that Saint Patrick’s Day is a Catholic holy day in honor of a Catholic Saint. Sancte Patrice, Ora pro nobis.
O God, You deigned to send Blessed Patrick, Your Confessor and Bishop, to preach Your glory to the Gentiles; grant by his merits and intercession, that those things which You command us to do, we may be enabled to accomplish by Your mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
— Collect of the Feast of Saint Patrick
from the Missal and Breviary of Saint Pius V
Once again, we are happy to present the good Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary School, who lightheartedly memorialized their departure from the South Boston parade with this melody to the air of "The Leaving of Liverpool," entitled "The Leaving of Boston."
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
MARCH 16, 2016 — Published March 20
Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
P. O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
To the Editor:
How does The Boston Globe observe Saint Patrick’s Day? By publishing a revisionist polemic castigating Irish America for supporting Irish independence, authored by Ruth Dudley Edwards — an expatriate, Anglo-Irish apologist for the Orange Order, known for her scornful criticisms of Irish nationalism and Roman Catholicism, (How Americans pushed the Irish to war, 3/13/2016).
Predictably, Edwards accuses Irish-Americans of fomenting hatred, practicing armchair terrorism, and cementing the partition of Ireland. She fails to mention however, that prior to the Easter Rising of 1916, most Irish nationalists, including many in America, were committed to a path of peaceful, constitutional change within the United Kingdom, while northern Unionists, abetted by leaders of Britain’s Conservative Party, were preparing for armed revolt to stop home rule. It was not Irish America that introduced the gun into Irish politics.
What’s next? Perhaps a United Empire Loyalists view of the American Revolution, just in time for the Fourth of July?
C. J. Doyle
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
MARCH 16, 2016 — Published March 18
The Boston Herald
P. O. Box 55843
Boston, MA 02205-5843
To the Editor:
Attorney Chester Darling and Judge Richard Stearns are to be commended for upholding the First Amendment in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade case (PARADE MARCHES ON, 3/16/2016).
Many Catholics find it perplexing however, that the parade organizers, the Allied War Veterans Council, are willing to stand up to Mayor Marty Walsh on the issue of the parade route, while surrendering to Walsh on the far more serious matter of homosexual groups marching.
It is a pity that the Veterans Council did not show the same courage and determination in defending the Catholic character of Saint Patrick’s Day, that they did in insisting that the parade march past Dorchester Heights.
C. J. Doyle
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
ACTION ALERT UPDATE!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
TREMENDOUS RESPONSE TO ON-LINE PETITION
The on-line petition by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts and MassResistance to remove the name of Saint Patrick from the South Boston parade is generating a tremendous and growing response. As of this morning, more than 5,600 outraged Catholics have signed it, demanding that the organizers of the parade, the Allied War Veterans Council, stop profaning the venerable name of Saint Patrick by misusing it to provide a traditional veneer to the pro-sodomy carnival which will occur on Palm Sunday.
We wish to thank all of you who have signed, and encourage you to continue to urge your Catholic friends, families and neighbors to do so. As many of you have requested the telephone number and email address of the Veterans Council, we are happy to provide them below.
You may contact the Veterans Council by phone at 844-478-7287, or by email at email@example.com. You may also contact parade organizer Tim Duross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Catholic Action League has received disturbing reports of oafish responses to our petition, suggesting an anti-Catholic animus, from organizer Tim Duross, such as "Why don't you go see the movie Spotlight?" If Mr. Duross makes any invidious, anti-Catholic cracks in responding to your complaints about the misappropriation of Saint Patrick's name, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Yesterday, U. S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns overturned Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s decision to arbitrarily shorten the parade route, allegedly in the name of public safety. The members of the Veterans Council were rescued by one of the men they betrayed — Attorney Chester Darling, who delivered Wacko Hurley's great 9 to 0 victory before the Supreme Court. Congratulations to our old friend Chester for preserving the integrity of Hurley v. GLIB.
What does it say, however, about these nominally Catholic, Irish-American men of the Veterans Council, that they are willing to stand up to the Mayor of Boston about the parade route, while surrendering to him about the Catholic character of Saint Patrick’s Day? One understands why, during the Irish War of Independence, the old Irish Republican Army took such severe measures against Irish spies, traitors and informers. There were, obviously, so very many of them.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
URGE PARADE ORGANIZERS:
STOP DISHONORING SAINT PATRICK
SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION!!
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, in conjunction with Mass Resistance, is urging the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston — the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade — to remove the name of Saint Patrick from the event, as it no longer has any meaningful connection to the Catholic Religion of the Apostle of Ireland.
Having succumbed to political pressure orchestrated by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Congressman Stephen Lynch, a suborned minority on the Veterans Council has callously betrayed everything that the late John J. "Wacko" Hurley stood for and fought for, and has improvidently discarded his hard won 9 to 0 victory before the U. S. Supreme Court.
OUTVETS marching in the 2015 Boston Saint Patrick’s Parade.
As a result, two neo-pagan homosexual organizations will become permanent fixtures in a parade dedicated to the saint who delivered, in a single lifetime, an entire nation from the darkness of paganism. One group is OUTVETS, an organization contrived for the sole purpose of imposing itself on a parade in honor of a Catholic saint. The other group, Boston Pride, is the organizer of the city’s repulsive, pornographic "gay pride" parade.
Permitting homosexual groups to march destroys the traditional character of the parade, erases whatever remains of its Catholic identity, and reduces it to a secularized cultural carnival. It has also driven faithful Catholics away, including Immaculate Heart of Mary School, whose float of Saint Patrick blessing the children was, for two decades, the iconic image of the parade.
OUTVETS and Boston Pride have no interest in honoring Saint Patrick for bringing the Catholic Faith to Ireland. For them, Catholicism is an enemy to be defeated. They are exploiting the name of a Catholic saint to promote public acceptance of their sexual behavior and anti-Christian ideology.
It is impossible to honor Saint Patrick by showcasing those who not only express pride in rejecting the religion and morality of Saint Patrick, but who castigate those beliefs as bigotry, hatred, and homophobia.
Please join us in our on-line petition urging the Veterans Council to stop dishonoring Saint Patrick and remove his name from the anti-Catholic spectacle which will occur on March 20th — Palm Sunday!
If you want to defend the name of this glorious saint, which is being exploited and trivialized by the enemies of the Faith to legitimize the mortal sin of sodomy, please click on the link below.
Since our religious leaders are silent about this sacrilege against the principal patron saint of the Archdiocese of Boston, it is up to the Catholic laity to protect the good name of Saint Patrick!
Link to petition: http://citizengo.org/en/33430-stop-dishonoring-st-patrick
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE URGES VETERANS COUNCIL TO DROP SAINT PATRICK’S NAME FROM SOUTH BOSTON PARADE
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is urging the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston — the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade — to remove the name of Saint Patrick from the event, as it no longer has any meaningful connection to the Catholic religion of the Apostle of Ireland.
A report in The Boston Globe this morning indicates that, for the second year in a row, in what will presumably become a permanent feature of the parade, two homosexual organizations, OUTVETS and Boston Pride, will be included in the line of march. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1992, characterizes homosexual behavior as "grave depravity."
The Catholic Action League is calling the participation of OUTVETS and Boston Pride "radically incongruent with a parade named in honor of a Catholic saint."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "Permitting homosexual groups to march deforms the traditional character of the parade, empties it of any remaining religious significance, and reduces it to a secularized cultural celebration. It has also driven Catholic groups away, including Immaculate Heart of Mary School, whose float of Saint Patrick blessing the children was, for two decades, the iconic image of the parade."
"OUTVETS and Boston Pride have zero interest in honoring the Catholic Faith which Saint Patrick brought to Ireland. For them, Catholicism is an adversary to be opposed. They are exploiting the name of a Catholic saint to promote public acceptance of their sexual identity."
"It is impossible to honor Saint Patrick by showcasing those who not only express pride in rejecting the religion and morality of Saint Patrick, but who deride those beliefs as bigotry, hatred, and homophobia."
"The December, 2014 decision, made by Council members Brian Mahoney, Edward Flynn, Kevin Conroy and others, to surrender to the demands of Mayor Marty Walsh for homosexual inclusion, has, apparently, failed to appease the Mayor. This morning’s announcement that the parade route will be shortened from 3.2 to 1.4 miles, indicates that the Mayor intends to determine the future of the parade, which may include transferring it from South Boston to downtown."
"Finally, holding the parade on March 20th, Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week — the most solemn time of the liturgical year — only underscores the disconnection between the South Boston event and the life, faith, and ministry of Saint Patrick. We urge the Veterans Council to stop misusing the name of our patron saint, and just call it the Evacuation Day Parade."
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
Jane Fonda (left) and Margery Eagan (right) laughing it up during an interview on WGBH Radio (GLOBE PHOTO).
Catholic bashing Crux columnist and lighter-than-air radio opinion giver Margery Eagan — who once demanded that His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, “resign, and give himself up for prosecution” — is seen laughing it up with someone who actually committed a capital crime for which she was never prosecuted, actress Jane Fonda. Eagan was photographed for The Boston Globe interviewing Fonda on WGBH Radio.
In an infamous episode during the Vietnam War, Fonda was photographed sitting in a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft battery wearing a NVA helmet. She went on to star in a Potemkin Village propaganda show exploiting American prisoners-of-war, and covering up their cruel torture at the hands of their Communist captors.
Article III, Section 3, of the Constitution of the United States says that “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Unlike Tokyo Rose and Lord Haw Haw, Hanoi Jane was never even indicted for her crimes.
You can be sure that the Catholic-loathing Eagan never gave the same advice to Fonda which she gave to the Pope. After all, on the two issues that matter most to Eagan, the killing of unborn children and the legitimization of sodomy, these two enemies of Christendom share a community of values.