SPECIAL REPORT: 2014-2017
FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017 — Updated September 12, 2017
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS HONOR
OPPONENTS OF CATHOLIC MORALITY
May is the month of Our Lady. It is also the month when Catholic educational institutions in Massachusetts—and their parent religious orders—advertise their rejection of Divine and natural law by hosting as commencement speakers, and conferring honorary degrees upon, proponents of abortion, contraception, and sodomy.
BC commencement 2017: BACK ROW, right to left: Cardinal O’Malley, Chris O’Donnell, BC President Rev. William Leahy, SJ. FRONT ROW, center: Senator Robert Casey, Jr.
- The commencement speaker at Jesuit administered Boston College, who was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree, was U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Pennsylvania). Casey, who claims to be pro-life, is a supporter of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and the Obamacare mandate requiring religious employers to subsidize abortifacients, contraceptives, and sterilizations. He actually asserts that the morning after pill does not cause an abortion. Casey also defends the deformity of marriage.
- BC also honored Hollywood actor Chris O’Donnell, the star of various R-rated movies, and the co-star of the film Kinsey, which respectfully portrayed the atheist bisexual “sexologist” voyeur Alfred Kinsey, the notorious degenerate and predator whose fabricated research did much to mainstream deviance in American society. The Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, attended the ceremony and was photographed with O’Donnell and Casey.
- The commencement speaker at Boston College Law School was the Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Geraldine S. Hines. An appointee of former Governor Deval Patrick to both the Court of Appeals and the SJC, Hines is a longtime member of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Marxist affiliated National Lawyers Guild. Upon her retirement in 2018, she will become a Rappaport Visiting Professor at BC Law.
- Merrimack College—administered by the friars of the Order of Saint Augustine—hosted as its commencement speaker Kenneth Cole, described as a “fashion industry icon” known for his philanthropic support for progressive causes, LGBTQ causes, and “equality.” An honorary degree was also awarded to University of Massachusetts President and former Congressman Marty Meehan, who, during his fourteen year career in the U. S. House of Representatives, (1993-2007), received a 100% rating from both the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
- Regis College—administered by the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston—conferred an honorary
doctorate of laws degree on John Fish, Chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction, who is Chairman of the Board of Trustees
of Boston College. Fish is a major, six-figure donor to pro-abortion politicians in Massachusetts. His company was embroiled in controversy when it made illegal contributions to Hillary Clinton. The college’s commencement speaker was Dr. Knatokie Ford, a Senior Policy Advisor to former President Barack Obama.
I. A Corporate Culture of Betrayal
The events recounted above are not anomalous or aberrational. Nor are they of recent origin. The practice of Catholic institutions of higher learning—along with Catholic charities, religious orders, fraternal organizations and elite secondary schools—bestowing awards, honors, and platforms upon public figures, particularly politicians and judges, who promote the mass killing of pre-born children, the corruption of minors through contraceptives, and the deconstruction of traditional marriage is overt, pervasive, and longstanding.
Far from being exceptional, the custom of nominally Catholic institutions to honor the enemies of the Faith is now normative. The example of Boston College Law School is instructive. This is the eighth consecutive year that BC Law has had a pro-abortion commencement speaker. Since 2010, this Jesuit affiliated school has invited the following supporters of Roe v. Wade to address its graduates: U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA); Massachusetts Chief Justice Roderick Ireland; Mrs. Victoria Kennedy; U.S. Senator Mo Cowan (D-MA); Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy; Obama Political Strategy Director David Simas; U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); and now, as reported above, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Geraldine Hines.
BC Law is not unique. If one followed the history of Catholic educational institutions in Massachusetts since the 1970s, one would discover repeated, indeed, continuous examples of commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients who are rejectionists when it comes to Catholic moral teaching. The abandonment of the unborn to infanticide, and the perfidy towards faithful Catholics struggling to defend the sanctity of innocent life is, for Catholic institutions, the religious orders which sponsor them, and the Catholic elites who fund them, both systemic and routine. Catholic higher education is mired in a corporate culture of corruption, heresy and betrayal.
II. No Pro-Life Catholics Need Apply
The selection of abortion proponents for honors is not random or coincidental, nor is it merely a matter of indifference. Nor is it entirely contingent upon other factors, such as wealth, celebrity and political office, though these exert a powerful influence. Catholic institutions seem to have an unstated policy of deliberately excluding from recognition orthodox Catholics who publicly defend Christian morality. They refuse to honor faithful Catholics in politics, even when such choices would be easy and obvious.
Three of the most dedicated and effective proponents of the right to life in elected office in Massachusetts were the late Governor Edward J. King, former Senate President William M. Bulger, and the late State Representative Charles R. Doyle (no relation to this writer). All three were graduates of Boston College. William Bulger is a Triple Eagle—a graduate of Boston College High School, Boston College, and Boston College Law School. Yet none of these three outstanding Catholic gentlemen in public life were ever honored by their alma mater. They were, apparently, unsuitable to stand in the company of John Kerry, Janet Reno, and Tip O’Neill.
The only pro-life political figure in recent decades to be invited to deliver a Boston College commencement speech was former Republican Congressman Ray LaHood in 2011. At the time of his selection, however, LaHood was serving in the cabinet of President Barack Obama as U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Magnanimously, BC was prepared to overlook his pro-life background while he was working for America’s most pro-abortion president.
Eleanor McCullen of Operation Rescue: Boston, and the late John J. Hurley of the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston, both won landmark U.S. Supreme Court victories affirming the constitutional rights of pro-life and pro-family Catholics. If Catholic institutions were actually Catholic, who would be a more logical choice for an honorary doctorate of laws degree than one or both of these Catholic heroes? There was no such degree for Hurley and there will be none for McCullen. Such honors are reserved for third level Obama functionaries like Jon Favreau, David Simas, and Knatokie Ford.
The Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston twice honored the late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who among other derelictions, was pro-abortion. Former Mayor Raymond L. Flynn, who was pro-life, and went on to become the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, never received comparable recognition.
III. The Negligence of the Religious Orders
One of the more disturbing, but almost entirely overlooked, aspects of this malfeasance in Catholic institutions is the spiritual negligence of the religious orders which founded and still sponsor these colleges and universities. One never hears of an objection to a commencement speaker or degree recipient from a community superior. There is never even a rumor of tension between a college president and the provincial of his or her order. The general of the order in Rome never intervenes.
All of the major teaching orders that have institutions in Massachusetts—the Jesuits, the Augustinians, the Holy Cross Fathers, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur—have been compromised by this corruption.
While numerous factors are at work here, the toxic amalgam of modernism and homosexuality, so destructive in the diocesan clergy, seems even more acute and pernicious in religious life. The affirming presence of Franciscan friars in Boston’s depraved, pornographic “Pride Festival,” the invitation extended by the Benedictine monks of Glastonbury Abbey to the sulphurous Barney Frank, and the recent, mandatory “Pride Day Assembly,” celebrating homosexuality and propagating LGBTQ ideology in Jesuit administered Boston College High School, speak to the severity of this corporate, institutional decadence.
IV. The Complicity of the Bishops
The Catholic hierarchy in Massachusetts, most especially in the Archdiocese of Boston, might be likened to a police force in a Third World country, which not only fails to enforce the laws against corrupt officials, but actually combines with them to perpetrate corrupt acts. Our bishops are on a continuum which began with cowardice disguised by hypocrisy, and has now descended to treachery, unconcealed, even by shame.
In 2004, the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued an official statement, Catholics in Political Life, which said “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”
This statement is now a dead letter, negated, in practice, by some of the very bishops who voted to authorize it.
- On January 6, 2014, Cardinal O’Malley spoke at the inauguration ceremony—held at Jesuit administered Boston College—for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a proponent of abortion and contraception, who, as a Massachusetts state representative from Dorchester in 2006 and 2007, played a leading role in the defeat of the Protection of Marriage Amendment. In his remarks, O’Malley identified Walsh as a Catholic. Walsh, in his address, advocated for homosexual rights, and spoke of praying, the day before, at Boston’s Old South Church.
Former Mayor Menino and Cardinal O’Malley at Catholic
Charities Teen Center in 2014. (Photo: Gregory L. Tracy)
- On May 12, 2014, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston dedicated a bench at their Teen Center at Saint Peter’s Church in Dorchester to former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, an opponent of Catholic morality on a broad range of issues. Cardinal O’Malley spoke at the event, and was photographed smiling and shaking hands with Menino.
- On May 23, 2014, the Bishop of Worcester, the Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, gave the benediction at commencement exercises for
the Jesuit administered College of the Holy Cross. The speaker and honorary degree recipient was Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, who,
in January of that year, in an article in The Daily Beast, excoriated Pope Benedict XVI, called the Church, “damaged and hypocritical,” and said Catholic education was based on “guilt, shame and fear.”
BC commencement 2014: Cardinal O’Malley greets commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient Secretary of State John Kerry.
- A few days later, on May 27, 2014, Jesuit administered Boston College conferred an honorary doctorate of laws on U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who was also the commencement speaker. Kerry not only had a 100% pro-abortion record as a U. S. Senator, but furthered his presidential ambitions by pandering to a key Democratic Party constituency with a cheap, demagogic attack on Pope Saint John Paul II. In 2004, Kerry accused the gravely ill Pontiff of “an inappropriate crossing of the line,” violating the American separation of church and state, for urging Catholics in public life to defend traditional marriage. The Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley—who was appointed by John Paul II—gave the benediction, was photographed smiling and shaking hands with Kerry, and then posed for another photograph with him.
- In October, 2014, the Missionary Society of Saint James the Apostle, whose President is Cardinal O’Malley, conferred the “Cardinal Cushing Award for Excellence in Service to Humanity” on Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a proponent of legal abortion. Walsh would go on to receive the “Men for Choice” Award from NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, defend the public funding of Planned Parenthood, and call for Boston to become a sanctuary city for abortion, should Roe v. Wade be overturned. In 2017, he named a square in Boston after the infamous abortionist, Kenneth Edelin.
- On October 30, 2014, upon learning of Mayor Menino’s death, Cardinal O’Malley issued a statement asserting that Menino—who said abortion was just “choice,” and that pro-lifers were motivated by “hate”—“placed family, faith and public service above all else.” The cardinal went on to say that “generations of Boston citizens benefited from his care and concern,..” He then added “...we give thanks for a life so well lived...”
- On November 3, 2014, Cardinal O’Malley presided at the funeral of former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino in Sacred Heart Church in Hyde Park. According to The Boston Globe, at least ten priests were present on the altar. One of them, Father John Connolly, compared Menino to Our Savior, saying “Tom Menino loved others the way Christ loved him.” Menino, who was the grand marshal of the homosexual pride parade, (and boycotted the Saint Patrick’s Day parade), was a proponent of abortion, the deformity of marriage, the distribution of condoms to minors in the public schools, domestic partner benefits for city employees, and so-called transgendered rights. He appointed the head of an abortion clinic, Dr. Elizabeth Reilinger, Chairwoman of the Boston School Committee. Every year, Menino sponsored a “Gay Prom” in City Hall, where confused teenagers could experience same-sex encounters in the presence of adult homosexuals. At a 2005 Catholic Charities dinner, Menino actually said: “What moves me most about being a Christian is what Jesus taught us about being religious. He did not give priority to piety. He didn’t make holiness the big thing. And he did not tell us to go around talkin’ up God, either.” The Cardinal told the congregation that Menino was a good Catholic who never missed Mass and had a wonderful family. He then had his photograph taken with Vice-President Joe Biden. After Menino’s death, New England Cable News Reporter Greg Wayland revealed that Menino once told him in an interview that he envisioned a future American church independent of and separate from Rome.
- On November 21, 2014, Mayor Marty Walsh joined Cardinal O’Malley and spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine in Boston’s Seaport District.
- On March 30, 2015, Cardinal O’Malley joined President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden for the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
- On September 17, 2015, Mayor Walsh addressed the assembled clergy of the Archdiocese of Boston at the Annual Dinner in Celebration of the Priesthood at the Seaport World Trade Center.
- On October 29, 2015, Mayor Walsh joined Cardinal O’Malley for the dedication of Archdiocesan sponsored affordable housing on the campus of the former Saint Kevin’s Parish in Dorchester.
- On December 2, 2015, Mayor Walsh joined Cardinal O’Malley for the rededication of the Dorchester Lower Mills Campus of Saint John Paul II Academy.
- On January 25, 2016, the Archdiocese of Boston announced that Mayor Walsh would join Cardinal O’Malley for a July pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock in Ireland. Walsh withdrew following a scheduling conflict.
- On April 19, 2016, the Laboure Center—administered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston—held its Spring Reception with Cardinal O’Malley. The Honorary Co-Chairpersons of the event were Mayor Walsh and his partner Lorrie Higgins.
- On October 20, 2016, Cardinal O’Malley attended the Inaugural Franciscan Dinner, held on behalf of Boston’s Saint Anthony’s Shrine.
The Honorary Co-Chairmen of the event were two abortion proponents, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
- Also on October 20th, the Cardinal attended the “Let It Shine Gala” for Regis College, which is administered by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston. Prominent abortion advocates featured at the event included Governor Baker, former Lieutenant Governor Thomas P. O’Neill III, and state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. The event’s “Special Guest” was Obama/Biden bundler Jack Connors.
- On May 7, 2017, Cardinal O’Malley attended the Profiles in Courage Award ceremony honoring former President Barack Obama at the Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston.
- On May 22, 2017, Cardinal O’Malley attended the Boston College commencement honoring Senator Robert Casey. O’Malley, in his blog, described the Planned Parenthood supporter as a former Jesuit volunteer.
- Update—9/1/17—On September 1, 2017, an op-ed article on immigration was published in The Boston Globe, co-authored by Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. The constitutional officer with the closest ties to Planned Parenthood, Healey, a partnered lesbian and former Catholic, received both a 100% rating and an endorsement from the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund when seeking election in 2014. Her campaign, that same year, received a $1,693.00 contribution from the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. In her campaign statement on so-called reproductive rights, Healey vowed to shut down pro-life pregnancy counseling centers, claiming they were deceptive and predatory, and accused pro-life sidewalk counselors of trying to shame and coerce women. As Attorney General, she issued a Gender Identity Guidance which originally asserted that houses of worship could be considered “public accommodations” subject to Massachusetts civil rights law.
Of the nineteen violations, detailed above, of the explicit prohibitions contained in Catholics in Political Life, the offending prelate in eighteen of them was the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley. The number would be higher if we included honors to pro-abortion figures by Catholic institutions in the Archdiocese of Boston that did not include the personal participation of the Cardinal. All of the incidents in 2014 and 2015 occurred while O’Malley was serving as Chairman of the Pro-Life Activities Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Cardinal remains, rhetorically, pro-life, though even that minimalism is problematic. Some of his rhetoric seems to pander to the prejudices of feminists, the media, liberal Democrats, and other opponents of the right to life by reinforcing their invidious stereotypes of pro-lifers. In October, 2007, while speaking from the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common to the Walk for Life, the Cardinal told the assembled crowd, many of whom were carrying their rosaries: “No violence, no, no, never violence.”
On January 21, 2014, at the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
in Washington, the Cardinal warned pro-lifers that being “judgmental and condemnatory” was contrary to the Gospel of Life. He went on to say that “We must
never allow that [pregnant woman considering an abortion] to perceive the pro-life movement as a bunch of angry self-righteous Pharisees
with stones in their hands, looking down on her and judging her.” Margery Eagan could not have said it better.
In the officials he appoints, the employees he hires, the consultants he retains, the advisors he listens to, the affluent elites he solicits, the politicians he ingratiates himself with, in the decisions he makes, in his personnel, policies and practical governance, the Archbishop of Boston is, effectively, pro-abortion.
The Cardinal is not merely amicable, but laudatory to those who promote abortion. He is not simply complaisant towards Catholic institutions which collaborate with the Culture of Death, but cooperates in their betrayals. He has just, for the second time in two years, sabotaged a signature gathering campaign for a pro-life initiative amendment, and he lectures the pro-life movement in the language of its adversaries. The facts speak for themselves.
V. The Pro-Life Response
The pro-life community must not be the enabler of its own abuse or the facilitator of its own betrayal. It must make known to our spiritual leaders that their behavior is morally objectionable, a grave scandal, a source of confusion to ordinary Catholics, and profoundly demoralizing to the faithful Catholics in the pro-life movement. It is a betrayal of the innocent unborn, slaughtered by the millions, and of those struggling to save them. Non-Catholics of goodwill, who might be attracted to the Church’s pro-life message, are instead, repelled.
The bishops have converted no one by their toadying. If Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is an example, the regime of appeasement and conciliation has only emboldened him to embrace even more extreme positions in favor of abortion. All of the movement among politicians in Massachusetts on the abortion issue has been in one direction—from pro-life to pro-abortion. No one can identify a member of the congressional delegation, the Legislature, the Boston City Council, or a constitutional officer who has changed from pro-abortion to pro-life.
The pro-life community must make it clear that providing or participating in awards, honors and platforms to pro-abortion public figures is unacceptable to the pro-life movement, is irreconcilable with being identified as pro-life, and is incompatible with participation in pro-life events and activities.
Our prelates have a choice to make, and they must no longer be permitted the disloyalty and duplicity of pretending to be pro-life while conducting themselves in a manner that any rational person would reasonably conclude is either indifferent to or supportive of legal abortion.
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“The Apostle tells us to rejoice, but in the Lord, not in the world. Whoever wishes to be a friend of this world, says Scripture,
will be reckoned an enemy of God. As a man cannot serve two masters, so one cannot rejoice both in the world and in the Lord.”
— From a sermon by Saint Augustine, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church
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