On December 9th, 2005 Catholic Charities honored
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino at its Annual Christmas Dinner.
The following is a memo, written by the
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, which was sent
to His Excellency, Archbishop O'Malley. The memo details relevant
information concerning Mayor Thomas Menino,
concerning why he was a highly inappropriate honoree at any Catholic event,
particularly one in which the Archbishop has been invited.
Ideally, Mayor Menino should have been
disinvited from this event. But there was the consolation that His
Excellency, Archbishop O'Malley elected not to attend, which mitigated the
scandal to some degree.
M E M O R A N D U M
FROM: C. Joseph Doyle,
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
SUBJECT: Mayor Thomas M.
DATE: 17 November 2005
I submit the following information
on Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Catholic Church.
It would be difficult to identify
another nominally Catholic political figure in the United States who, on such a
broad range of issues, has, in both his rhetoric and public policy decisions,
engaged in such relentless opposition to the moral teachings of the Roman
Catholic Church. A compilation of Mayor Menino’s positions on Catholic questions
includes, but is not limited to the following:
Since an abortive run for
Congress in 1992 while still a City Councilor, Thomas Menino has supported
legal abortion and the public funding of abortion. In his first campaign
for Mayor in 1993, he indicated that he would continue
the practice of taxpayer financed abortions at Boston City Hospital.
On May 17, 2004, the first day that same-gender marriage
ceremonies could be legally performed in the Commonwealth, Mayor Menino, a
supporter of same-sex marriage, personally welcomed homosexual and lesbian
couples to Boston City Hall amid much fanfare and media attention.
From 1996 to 1998, Mayor Menino lobbied the Massachusetts
Legislature to pass a home rule petition which would allow the Boston City
Council to enact a domestic partners ordinance. In August, 1998, when Acting
Governor A. Paul Cellucci vetoed the measure, Mayor Menino, against the
advice of his own corporation counsel, arbitrarily and unlawfully instituted
a domestic partners benefits program for municipal employees by executive
order. This order was challenged in Suffolk County Superior Court by the
American Center for Law and Justice and the Catholic Action League of
Massachusetts. On July 8, 1999, the Supreme Judicial Court of the
Commonwealth, in a unanimous decision written by then-Associate Justice
Margaret Marshall, overturned the executive order in Connors vs. the City
Since 1994, Mayor Menino has boycotted Boston’s Saint
Patrick’s Day Parade because the organizers, the South Boston Allied War
Veterans Council, have refused to allow a militant homosexual group,
including participants in the infamous 1990 condom throwing incident at Holy
Cross Cathedral, to march in the parade. Mayor Menino has also in the past
forbidden Boston Police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical
technicians from marching in the parade, describing it as "a discriminatory
In June of each year, Mayor Menino leads Boston’s Gay
Pride Parade, welcomes marchers to Boston, and allows Boston Police
officers, in uniform, to march in the parade.
In 2001, Mayor Menino’s Fire Commissioner, Paul
Christian, ordered the Boston Fire Department to remove all shamrocks and
other expressions of Irish-Catholic identity from Boston fire apparatus,
deriding them as "symbols of tribalism."
Each year in June, Mayor Menino allows the pink triangle
homosexual flag to be flown over Boston City Hall Plaza as part of Gay Pride
celebrations, often personally participating in the flag raising ceremony.
Each year during Gay Pride Week, Mayor Menino sponsors a
gay prom for teenagers at Boston City Hall, where condoms have been
In January 1994, Thomas Menino became the first Boston
Mayor to appoint the members of the Boston School Committee. Among his
initial appointees was Dr. Elizabeth Reilinger, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Crittenton Hastings House, then a major Massachusetts
abortuary, which performed over 4000 abortions per year. Since 1998, Dr.
Reilinger has been the Chairwoman of the School Committee. Another original
appointee by Mayor Menino was the pro-abortion left-wing activist Felix
Arroyo, now a member of the Boston City Council.
In March 1994, in its first significant order of public
business, Mayor Menino’s appointed School Committee instituted a condom
distribution program in the Boston Public Schools.
Under Mayor Menino’s appointed School Committee, the
Boston School Department has embraced such homosexual programs as the Safe
School Initiative and Gay/Straight Alliances, which teach that homosexual
relationships ought to be affirmed. During this same period, the School
Department reprimanded and eventually terminated former Boston Latin School
teacher Owen O’Malley, a Catholic critic of homosexual ideology.
Mayor Menino is a supporter of needle exchange programs.
Mayor Menino declared June 3, 2005 to be Queer Eye
Day in the City of Boston.
Mayor Menino is a supporter of both gay rights and
transgendered rights, whereby sexual orientation and identity are included
in the protected categories of civil rights legislation. In 2002, Mayor
Menino signed into law a City Council ordinance which would force
homeowners, including Catholics with children, to rent apartments in their
homes to transvestites and persons who have surgically mutilated themselves
through so-called sex change operations.
Mayor Menino has maintained at public expense a gay and
lesbian liaison office at Boston City Hall.
In 2005, Mayor Menino castigated th Archdiocese of Boston
for the closing of Our Lady of Presentation School in Brighton, calling the
actions of the Archdiocese "unconscionable" and "reprehensible." Mayor
Menino went on to hold a sham graduation cermeony for Our Lady of
Presentation students at Faneuil Hall.
Mayor Menino is a longstanding opponent of tuition tax
credits and publicly funded tuition vouchers for the parents of Catholic
Mayor Menino’s spouse, Mrs. Angela Menino, has publicly
criticized the Catholic Church, telling The Boston Globe that
she opposes what she describes as the Church’s "unjust treatment of women."
Thomas M. Menino is an adversary
of the Catholic Church, an opponent of Catholic morality, and a supporter of the
culture of death, who has carried on a campaign of aggressive
de-Christianization in the municipal government of Boston. Under Mayor Menino’s
anti-Catholic and family-unfriendly policies, the flight of the Catholic middle
class and the Catholic working class from Boston has continued. By the time
Mayor Menino completes his fourth full term in January 2010, the Catholics of
Boston, who once comprised a 72% majority, will likely be reduced, for the first
time in more than a century, to the status of a minority in this historically
Why any organization which bears
the name Catholic would wish to honor such an apostate is as incomprehensible as
it is outrageous. In my judgment, it would be a grave scandal, profoundly
demoralizing to faithful Catholics, for the Archbishop of Boston, particularly
one known for his pro-life commitment, to participate even passively in an event
in which Catholic principles are to be so shamefully betrayed.
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