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CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS

FOUNDED 1995

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Walter L. Almond
Hon. William M. Bulger
Hon. Dr. David F. Constantine
Hon. Francis X. Coppinger
Helen T. Jackson, M. D.
Philip F. Lawler
Hon. William E. Melahn

FOUNDERS

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

William Cotter
Joseph M. Cunningham
Gregory M. Dunn
Andrea Griffin Holmes
Frederick D. Long, Jr.
Susan C. Gallagher Long
John J. MacIsaac+
Michael A. McDonald

OFFICERS

Frederick M. Kelley,
Chairman of the Board

Robert P. Largess,
Vice-Chairman

William P. Monahan, Esq.
Secretary

Dr. Vincent Pattavina
Treasurer

C. Joseph Doyle
Executive Director

Joseph B. Craven, Jr.
Executive Secretary

 

 


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

JUNE 29, 2015 - Published July 7

Letters
Boston Herald
P. O. Box 55843
Boston, MA 02205-5843

To the Editor:

In his lucid article on the deficiencies of City Hall Plaza, David Kruh made the assertion that one of the factors in Boston's demographic decline after World War II was residents leaving a city "crumbling from decades of Curley-ism..." (Kruh: City Hall area stuck on old tune).

The facts do not warrant such a conclusion. Boston's population peaked at 801,000 in 1950, the year James Michael Curley left office as mayor for the last time. By 1982, it had fallen to a low of 562,000.

Most of that collapse can be traced to the clearances of entire neighborhoods---like the West End and the New York streets---by urban renewal, the demolition of thousands of inner city homes for highway construction, and the white flight which followed blockbusting, crime increases and forced busing. Needless to say, none of this had anything to do with Mayor Curley.

Sincerely,

Prof. Lawrence A. Overlan & C. J. Doyle
35 Montclair Avenue
Boston, MA 02132
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

Prof. Larry Overlan teaches state and local government at Suffolk University. Overlan and Doyle are researching James Michael Curley's legacy of public works projects in Boston.


NEWS RELEASE

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
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CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE DENOUNCES SUPREME COURT DECISION ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized this morning’s decision by the U. S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges which held that both the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States---ratified in 1868---contained a heretofore undiscovered right to same-gender marriage.

The five to four decision, written by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Reagan appointee, vacates all existing state laws and state constitutional provisions which define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.Just two years ago, in U.S. v. Windsor, the same court overturned the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, partly on the basis that it infringed on the longstanding right of individual states “to regulate domestic relations.”

The Catholic Action League called the ruling “anthropological change through judicial fiat” and “ideological enforcement masquerading as jurisprudence.“

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The hubris of the Supreme Court is Olympian. Today, five unelected, unaccountable, appointed officeholders, cloaked with the immunity of lifetime tenure, decided that all of civilization---in its laws, ethics, religious beliefs, and moral sensibilities---was wrong for thousands of years about the character of marriage; that a form of behavior historically understood to be a crime is, in fact, a conjugal act; and that a document written 150 years ago, by men who believed in natural law and limited government, is the foundation of a societal revolution unimaginable to its framers. They also decided that they, not the people and their elected representatives, were self-authorized to come to these conclusions.”

“This entirely predictable, but nonetheless appalling travesty speaks to the debasement of our laws, the corruption of our courts, the depravity of our nation's morals, and the corrosion of our culture. Kennedy's majority decision was a mixture of invention, specious assertion, intellectual dishonesty, manifest absurdity, pretentious hypocrisy, and an unbridled presumption of judicial entitlement. Dissenting justices cited The Federalist Papers and Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, while Kennedy opined on dignity, demeaned feelings, and ‘new insights’ which allowed homosexuals ‘to define and express their identity.’”

“This contrived right is on a collision course with the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment. Justice Thomas, in his dissent, wrote that the ruling ‘has potentially ruinous consequences for religious liberty.’ Chief Justice Roberts reasoned that it would affect everything from the adoption policies of religious charities to the housing arrangements of religious schools. The Solicitor-General had previously admitted, in oral arguments, that an affirmative ruling could impact the tax-exempt status of religious institutions.”

“Religious believers opposed to same-sex marriage whose businesses serve wedding ceremonies are already being sued and fined. As a practical matter, the demonization, marginalization, and victimization of orthodox Christians and Jews will accelerate. Anyone with memories of the fiasco of forced busing in Boston in the 1970’s will remember the ultimate argument defending the indefensible---‘It's the law.’ So it will be in this controversy.”


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

JUNE 21, 2015 - Published in Herald June 23

Letters
Boston Herald
P. O. Box 55843
Boston, MA 02205-5843

To the Editor:

Howie Carr’s ludicrous assertion that Joseph Stalin’s sarcastic crack---How many divisions does the pope have?---came after Stalin read “a similarly windy sermon by an earlier pope,” is pure invention (Howie Carr: Encyclical a lot of papal hot air, 6/21/2015).

According to Winston Churchill, Stalin’s remark occurred during a prewar conversation with French Premier Pierre Laval about Poland. Given that Communism collapsed in Poland after years of popular resistance organized by a Solidarity movement inspired by Pope Saint John Paul II, it would seem that the Soviet tyrant seriously underestimated his adversary.

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com


PRESS STATEMENT

TO: BRIAN FRAGA, THE PILOT

FROM: C. J. DOYLE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS

DATE: JUNE 16, 2015

SUBJECT: THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

I believe it is reasonable to suppose that most adherents of traditional Catholic social teaching would find the legalization of cannabis to be opposed to the common good. The inhalation of any controlled chemical substance, used solely for recreational purposes, which alters the consciousness, while adversely affecting the physiology of the brain, thus impairing both the faculties of the mind and the health of the body, must be considered a violation of The Fifth Commandment of The Decalogue.

One might add, that as a matter of public policy, it is also chronologically anomalous. For the past fifty years, our society has professed an increasing alarm over the lethal effects of smoking, the dangers of driving while intoxicated, and toxic consequences of ingesting carcinogens and contaminants. Now, there is a growing movement to legalize a substance that will pose dangers in all three of those categories.

Finally, Catholics should recognize in this debate, that not all opposition to Catholic moral and social teachings comes from the secular, liberal left and the Democratic Party. It is likely, in the future, to come also from a libertarian movement which is increasing its influence among independent and even Republican voters. Both movements, of course, are derivative of classical liberalism.

Issues such as this should warn us of the danger of emptying conservatism in America of its moral content, and reducing it to a defense of capitalism and jingoism.


NEWS UPDATE

TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

AFTER PROTESTS BY CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE, O.F.M. M-I-A AT PRIDE FESTIVAL

Following protests, this year and last year, by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, the Franciscan Friars of Boston’s Saint Anthony’s Shrine---members of the Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor---apparently decided to forgo, for the first time in several years, a visible presence at the 2015 homosexual pride festival and parade in Boston.

In past years, the friars could be seen in videotape coverage of the parade, standing on the sidelines and cheering. Last year, they were photographed manning a booth, in the middle of the festival, with signs which read “Who am I to judge?”. This year, they were missing.

Last Saturday, amid the various booths offering condoms, lubricants, and the apparel and instruments of sado-masochism, there were two festival booths with purportedly Catholic themes. One was sponsored by Dignity, the homosexual advocacy group which claims to be Catholic, but which meets in Episcopal churches. The other displayed signs which read “LGBT Catholics.”

When questioned by a member of Mass Resistance about their identity, the occupant of the latter responded that they represented the LGBT “Catholics” of three Boston churches---Saint Anthony’s Shrine on Arch Street, Saint Cecilia’s Parish in the Back Bay, and the Paulist Center/Holy Spirit Chapel on Park Street. Franciscan friars in their habits, however, were nowhere to be seen.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The corruption at Saint Anthony’s remains unabated. Their website proclaims the blasphemous heresy that the mortal sin of impurity against nature is ‘gift from God.’ None the less, the fact that they chose to avoid, for the first time in years, an overt participation in this depraved spectacle---at a time when society is galloping in the opposite direction---is compelling testimony to the determination and effectiveness of the many faithful Catholics who protested against this grave scandal.”

“Edmund Burke famously warned that all that was necessary for evil to triumph was for good men to do nothing. That circumstance did not prevail here. The League wishes to express its gratitude to the good men and women, especially our own members, who took the time to contact the Shrine, the Pastoral Center in Braintree, and even the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington. We also appreciate the goodwill of the individuals and organizations who posted our Action Alert on their websites.”

“The League also wishes to convey its thanks to Brian Camenker and his staff at Mass Resistance, for their fortitude and endurance in meticulously documenting, each year, the repulsive, nauseating events of 'Pride Month' in Boston, and for their unfailing courtesy in making their data available to us. Finally, we want to thank Bill Cotter of Operation Rescue: Boston for calling to our attention his timely and thorough research into the egregious distortions of Catholic moral teachings being peddled by the so-called LGBT ministry at Arch Street.”

“At this point in history in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, orthodox Catholics may not enjoy the numbers to affect the outcome of elections, legislation, and referenda. As this episode, and a recent episode involving the Knights of Columbus and the Saint Patrick's Day Parade demonstrate, however, we do retain the ability to expose, embarrass, and apply pressure to the quislings and collaborators in our own Catholic community. It is our intention to keep the pressure up.”


ACTION ALERT!!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

URGE CARDINAL O’MALLEY TO STOP FRANCISCANS FROM JOINING HOMOSEXUAL “PRIDE” FESTIVAL

Boston’s annual homosexual “Pride” parade and festival will occur this Saturday, June 13th. The event is a cauldron of depravity, characterized by indecency, immodesty, lewd and lascivious behavior, exhibitionism, and open displays of sado-masochism, including men in leather masks, dog collars, and chains.

Besides celebrating the rejection of Divine and natural law, it frequently promotes explicitly anti-Catholic themes. Last year’s honorary Grand Marshals were the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. This year’s LGBT flag raising ceremony at City Hall included the anti-Christian hate group with the pornographic name Pussy Riot. The group has a long history of perpetrating hate crimes against Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

For the past few years, the Franciscan Friars of Saint Anthony’s Shrine on Arch Street in Boston, who are members of our Capuchin Cardinal’s own religious family, have participated in the festival. In 2014, they manned a booth displaying signs which read: “Who am I to judge?”.

They are not there to practice the Spiritual Works of Mercy, call anyone to conversion and repentance, or warn of the dangers of mortal sin. As their own website reveals, they are there to express “pride” in the homosexual identity, and to affirm the homosexual movement.

Priests ought to have zeal for souls. Abandoning people to their sins is a spiritual dereliction. It suggests, that in the mind of some clerics, the desire for human respect has superseded the obligations of Christian charity.

Although an official of the Archdiocese of Boston in 2014 made the unpersuasive claim that the friars, as members of a religious order, were not under the control of the Archdiocese, it is unimaginable that the friars would engage in such a controversial initiative without, at least, the tacit consent of the Archbishop. In fact, the League received reports last year that some of the friars openly asserted that they enjoyed Cardinal O’Malley’s support.

The presence of the friars at this celebration of sodomy is a grave scandal. No rational person in secular society can reasonably be expected to take seriously Catholic teaching about marriage, about chastity outside of marriage, about the immorality of homosexual acts, and about the need for modesty and purity in speech, dress, and behavior, when Catholic priests participate in something as course, vulgar and obscene as a homosexual pride festival.

Please contact Cardinal Sean O’Malley and urge him to put a stop to this scandalous repudiation of Catholic morality, which is also a callous betrayal of all those faithful Catholics struggling to preserve traditional marriage and moral sanity in our nation! You may reach the Cardinal by email at ArchbishopSean@RCAB.org, or by telephone at (617) 254-0100, or (617) 782-2544.

Please remind the His Eminence that loyal Catholics should not have to fight a two-front war, against a culture of death in society, and against a culture of betrayal in our own Church!

Thank you.

PRESS STATEMENT

TO: BRIAN FRAGA, THE PILOT

FROM: C. J. DOYLE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS

DATE: JUNE 5, 2015

SUBJECT: POPE’S ENCYCLICAL ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Acknowledging the obvious---that the text of the encyclical is, as of this date, unknown---five considerations are in order:

  1. Catholicism has traditionally criticized liberal capitalism as an economic system, particularly in its treatment of workers and debtors. It is consistent therefore, with traditional Catholic social teaching to extend that critique to an examination of the impact of capitalism on God's Creation---the natural environment.

  2. We should remember, especially in Boston, that an indifference to the environment had devastating consequences for inner city Catholic communities, when, a half century ago, a corporate driven public policy to promote highway construction obliterated urban Catholic neighborhoods. It was the incipient environmental movement which finally halted the injustice of eminent domain.

  3. There is a danger, however, in any cooperation with an ecological movement that is militantly secularist, profoundly anti-life, and intrinsically committed to population control.

  4. There is also the risk that some in the Church will exploit the encyclical to revive the “seamless garment” argument, in order to diminish the centrality of the struggles to defend the sanctity of innocent human life, and preserve the integrity of traditional marriage and the natural family---the two greatest challenges in the moral order confronting what remains of Christian civilization today.

  5. Finally, neither the Holy Father nor any other member of the hierarchy have a specific competence in scientific matters, nor could any ecclesiastical authority bind Catholics in questions which require purely prudential judgments.

MEMBER ALERT

MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

AN INSPIRING PRO-LIFE VIDEO FROM THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY SCHOOL

The faithful Catholics of Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, Massachusetts---who produced "The Leaving of Boston" during the Saint Patrick's Day Parade controversy---have now created an inspiring Pro-Life video entitled "From the 'Cradle of Freedom'---A Tale of Two Tragedies."

Congratulations to Brother Thomas Augustine, and to the Sisters, staff, students, and parents of the school for this splendid initiative. Its message is incisive, but even more compelling is its uplifting example of fidelity in this age of apostasy! Bravo!


NEWS ANALYSIS---PART TWO

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

IRELAND: A CHRONOLOGY OF DE-CHRISTIANIZATION

Ireland's rejection of Divine and Natural Law in the definition of marriage was the culmination in a series of incremental betrayals, over a period of forty-three years, which secularized the Irish State and Irish society. A chronology of these events is presented below:

  • 1972---Irish voters approve, by a referendum margin of 84%, a constitutional amendment repealing Article 44 of the Irish Constitution, which recognized “the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman Church as the guardian of the Faith professed by the great majority of citizens.”

  • 1973---The Irish Supreme Court declares a right to marital privacy which includes contraceptive use, but declines to overturn laws prohibiting the sale of contraceptives.

  • 1979---The Health (Family Planning) Act is passed, allowing pharmacists to dispense contraceptives to those holding a prescription from a doctor.

  • 1985---The Health (Family Planning) Amendment Act is passed, allowing the over-the-counter sale of condoms and spermicides to anyone over the age of eighteen.

  • 1992---The Health (Family Planning) Amendment Act is passed, allowing the unrestricted sale of contraceptives to anyone over the age of seventeen.

  • 1992---In Attorney-General v. X, the Irish Supreme Court declares a right to abortion arising from a threat to the life of the mother, including suicidal ideation.

  • 1992---Voters in Ireland reject, by a referendum margin of 65%, a proposed amendment to the Irish Constitution which would overturn the X ruling.

  • 1992---The Thirteenth Amendment to the Irish Constitution is passed, by a referendum margin of 62%, establishing a ‘right to travel’ outside the country, for the purpose of procuring an abortion. Between 6,000 and 8,000 Irish women go to England each year to kill their unborn children.

  • 1992---The Fourteenth Amendment to the Irish Constitution is passed, by a referendum margin of 59%, establishing a right to obtain information about abortion.

  • 1993---The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act is passed, decriminalizing sodomy in Ireland.

  • 1995---The Fifteenth Amendment to the Irish Constitution repealed, by a referendum margin of 50.2%, the constitutional prohibition against divorce, and allowed the civil dissolution of marriage.

  • 2010---The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act is passed, without a recorded roll call, establishing civil unions for same sex couples.

  • 2013---The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act is passed, legalizing abortion in cases of suicidal ideation by the mother.

  • 2015---The Children and Family Relationships Act is passed, allowing homosexual partners to adopt children.

  • 2015---The Thirty-Fourth Amendment to the Irish Constitution is passed, by a referendum margin of 62%, allowing two persons to contract marriage “without distinction as to their sex.”


NEWS ANALYSIS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
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SAINT PATRICK BETRAYED: IRELAND VOTES FOR SAME GENDER “MARRIAGE”

The Catholic Faith and the Christian civilization which Saint Patrick brought to Ireland nearly 1600 years ago was repudiated by more than three-fifths of the voters of the Republic of Ireland last Saturday, when that country became the first nation on earth to endorse, by popular referendum, the fashionable, neo-pagan superstition that sodomy is a conjugal act.

More than sixty generations of Irishmen and Irishwomen remained loyal to the apostle “who brought to our mountains the gift of God's Faith and the sweet light of His love.” They did so through 800 years of foreign occupation, 300 years of religious persecution and economic dispossession, a hundred years of pre-twentieth century totalitarianism known as the Penal Laws---aptly described by Edmund Burke as “a model of vicious perfection”---and a dozen hellish years of Cromwellian genocide. Now, after fifty years of peace, prosperity and post-conciliar Catholicism, the Faith is all but dead in Ireland.

This generation, of mostly young citizens of Ireland, will now forever be remembered for an appalling act of national apostasy and betrayal, effecting a moral deformity, a societal deconstruction, and a civilizational change.

Ireland is, once again, as it was before Saint Patrick, a pagan country. The difference is the pre-Christian pagan culture of Classical Antiquity admired beauty and reason, and sought truth through natural law. The post-Christian pagan culture of modernity is depraved and demonic, rejects reason, and is aggressively hostile to any expression of truth.

Among the influences which led to the debacle were the following:

I. The Power of Money The old saying that the three most important factors in politics are, in ascending order of importance, money, money, and money was reaffirmed on May 22nd in Ireland. The Yes side outspent the No side by several orders of magnitude. The American billionaire Chuck Feeney funneled at least $28,000,000 into the homosexual movement in Ireland in the last twelve years.
    The Yes side had seemingly unlimited resources for voter registration, advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts. The No side could not compete financially.

II. The Power of Government The government of pro-abortion Prime Minister Enda Kenny and all Irish political parties supported the Yes campaign. Kenny was not reluctant to resort to the instruments of coercion. Funding was cut off for Catholic marriage counseling services. Non-profit organizations dependent on state support were threatened. Even the Gardaí---Ireland's National Police---were mobilized to help the Yes campaign. Kenny had already, during the abortion controversy of 2013, purged his Fine Gael Party of Catholic objectors.

III. The Power of the Media Ireland's Anglophile, aggressively secularist and hysterically anti-Catholic media, abandoned all pretense of fairness and professionalism, and served as de facto public relations agents, promoting the Yes campaign. During the Cold War, some American conservatives wondered how people behind the Iron Curtain would vote, if allowed to do so in a free election, given the total Communist control of the media. Something approximating that level of media monopoly prevailed in Ireland.

IV. The Power of Corporate Capitalism American multinationals, which provide tens of thousands of jobs to the struggling Irish economy, instructed---in a flagrant violation of Irish sovereignty---their employees to support the Yes campaign.

V. The Power of Organized Labor The Irish trade unions and their political arm, the Labor Party, campaigned for a Yes vote. The Labor Party has become so anti-Catholic that one of its leaders has called for the exclusion of practicing Catholics from government---overt religious discrimination in employment---because Catholics are loyal to a foreign power, the Holy See. This charge is the same one English occupiers used for centuries to rob and oppress the Irish.

VI. The Power of the European Union The influence of the E. U. in Ireland has been profoundly corrupting and malign. For decades now, the E. U. has operated what amounts to a system of organized bribery in Irish politics. Irish politicians are suborned by everything from infrastructure monies to the perks, privileges, and paychecks that come from European Commissionerships, and M.E.P. (Member of the European Parliament) status. The quid pro quo is de-Christianization.

VII. The Scandals in the Church The decision to ordain homosexuals to the Catholic priesthood, failing to stop them when they molested minors, and then covering up for them rather than punishing them and getting rid of them, bankrupted the moral authority of the Irish Church.

VIII. The Cowardice of the Bishops The conduct of the Irish Hierarchy during the referendum campaign was shameful. cowardly and pandering. They conceded the arguments and accepted the intellectual premises of the enemy. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, in an exercise in Stalinist self accusation, claimed that he knew of the “harshness with which the Irish Church treated gays and lesbians in the past,” and urged that “people of same sex orientation have their rights and loving and caring relationships cherished in a culture of difference.” Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry was actually worse. He said he hoped people would not vote No “for bad reasons, for bigoted reasons, for nasty reasons, for bullying reasons.”

IX. The Treachery in the Ranks of the Clergy At least fifteen Irish priests publicly endorsed the Yes campaign. Not one of them was removed, reprimanded or silenced by their bishops.

X. The Failure of Post-Conciliar Catholicism It is difficult to find a more compelling example of the absolutely dysfunctional character of the contemporary Church. Exactly fifty years after the close of Vatican II, what was the most Catholic country in the world is now mission territory. Fifty years of modernism, sappy ecumenism, toleration of heresy, secularization of Catholic institutions, corruption in religious orders, immorality against nature in the priesthood, novelties in teaching and practice, and the unprecedented invention of a new, abuse prone vernacular liturgy have all turned the Church Militant into the Church Dialoging.

Enda Kenny's next target will be Catholic schools. He has already demanded that they present same-sex unions as the same as traditional marriage. What remains of the Faith in Ireland will now face persecution. Please pray for Ireland! Sanctus Patricius, Ora Pro Nobis!


NEWS RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2O, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

FRIENDS OF IRELAND WARN OF DANGERS TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN YES VOTE ON MARRIAGE REFERENDUM

Pro-Life and Pro-Family friends of Ireland in the United States today are sending a message of caution to the Irish people about the potential dangers to religious freedom in the Irish Republic, which could result from a change in the traditional definition of marriage. Irish citizens will vote in a referendum on Friday, May 22nd on whether to permit two persons of the same gender to contract marriage.

“The progress of same gender marriage in the United States has produced serious and troubling consequences for religious freedom in America, including limitations on free speech, discrimination against Catholics and other religious believers, and state sponsored coercion, characterized by harshly punitive measures against Christians and others who refuse to violate their consciences in this matter,” the signatories said in a statement released earlier today.

“Among the examples of injustice directed at those who support the perennial understanding of marriage are the following:

  • Printers, photographers, bakers, florists, innkeepers and others have been the objects of lawsuits by homosexuals, and investigations, resulting in fines---some as high as $150,000---and other civil penalties, by administrative law, government enforcement agencies, for refusing to service same gender marriage ceremonies;

  • The Solicitor General of the United States, in arguments before the U. S. Supreme Court, admitted that religiously affiliated institutions, such as schools and charities, could lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to recognize same gender unions as marriages;

  • Military and naval chaplains have faced warnings and disciplinary proceedings, for counseling members of the Armed Forces that homosexual behavior is sinful;

  • In Massachusetts, a federal judge has ruled that public schools must instruct the children attending them, without parental notification or consent, that same gender marriage is the equivalent of traditional marriage;

  • In states where same gender marriage has been legalized, employers, including religious employers, must provide spousal benefits to the partners of homosexuals who have contracted civil marriages.”

“For three decades now, homosexual activists have portrayed themselves as victims of intolerance who are only seeking to end discrimination and achieve equality. The reality is very different. Wherever the homosexual agenda has prevailed, homosexual activists have sought to use the authority of the law, the power of the government, and the money of the taxpayers to censor, silence, coerce, and punish religious believers who criticize, oppose or resist them.”

“We respectfully urge the people of the Republic of Ireland to weigh carefully the implications of same gender marriage to their own freedoms, and to re-affirm the millennia-old definition of marriage by voting No on Friday.”

Rev. Shenan J. Boquet
President
Human Life International

John Aidan Byrne
President
Irish Pro-Life USA

Brian Camenker
President
Parents' Rights Coalition

Dr. Patrick J. Castle
President & CEO
Vitae Foundation
Co-Founder, LIFE Runners

William Cotter
President
Operation Rescue: Boston

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts

Thomas A. Haltigan
Chairman
Saint Cecilia's Pro-Life Ministry
Rockaway, New Jersey

Atty. Thomas M. Harvey
Arlington, Massachusetts

Royce Hood, Esq.
Founder
Law of Life Summit

John Horvat
Vice President
American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP)

Atty. Robert W. Joyce
Boston, Massachusetts

Brian Kelly
Editor
Mancipia

Philip F. Lawler
Editor
Catholic World News

Atty. Colbe Corcoran Mazzarella
Founder
Way of the Cross for Life

John P. McCarthy, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of History
Fordham University

Brendan H. O'Connell
Executive Producer & Host
Life Matters TV

Timothy and Marcella Taggart
Saint Cecilia's Pro-Life Ministry
Rockaway, New Jersey

John-Henry Westin
Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief
LifeSiteNews.com


MEMBER ALERT

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
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VOICE OF THE FAMILY PROMOTES AMERICAN VERSION OF PRIESTS’ INITIATIVE

Voice of the Family---a coalition of 23 pro-life and pro-family groups from around the globe---is organizing an American version of the Priests’ Initiative. In March, a “Support for Marriage Letter,” signed by 461 Catholic priests in England and Wales, was released, reaffirming traditional Catholic doctrine, and urging the Holy See to put an end to growing confusion over Catholic teaching on marriage and human sexuality.

The letter was prompted by events at the October 2014 bishops' Synod on the Family in Rome, where various prelates, some of whom claimed the support of the Pope, called for the recognition of homosexual unions and for the repeal of Catholic moral prohibitions---rooted in Holy Scripture---against the reception of Holy Communion by those in a state of mortal sin. The synod will conclude with a final session in the Vatican, in October of this year.

The Voice of the Family is headed by John-Henry Westen, Editor-in-Chief of LifeSiteNews, the online pro-life news service known for its vigorous defense of Catholic orthodoxy.

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts fully endorses the admirable efforts of John-Henry Westen to encourage Catholic priests in the United States to emulate the faithful Catholic witness of their confreres in the United Kingdom. Any members of the clergy wishing to sign the American version of the Voice of the Family letter may do so below. Please forward this email to any priest, diocesan or religious, who you believe might be interested in lending his name to the sacred cause of upholding the Deposit of Faith. Thank you.

COPY AND FORWARD THIS TEXT (DOWN TO “END . . .”) TO CLERGY:

Dear Father,

Will you join the nearly 500 priests in England who recently signed a public statement defending the Church’s teachings on the nature and indissolubility of marriage, and asking for clarity from the upcoming Synod on the Family?

Following the amazing success of the Priests Initiative in England, Voice of the Family, a lay initiative made up of 23 pro-life and pro-family groups from around the world, is now working to promote the initiative internationally.

To add your name to the OPEN LETTER, simply send an e-mail to voiceofthefamilyusa@gmail.com with your full name, parish and/or religious order, and affirm that you wish to be added as a signatory to the letter.

The full text of the open letter appears below. A fuller explanation of this initiative follows after that.

FULL TEXT OF OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESS

Following the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 2014 much confusion has arisen concerning Catholic moral teaching. In this situation, we wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality, founded on the Word of God and taught by the Church’s Magisterium for two millennia.

We commit ourselves anew to the task of presenting this teaching in all its fullness, while reaching out with the Lord’s compassion to those struggling to respond to the demands and challenges of the Gospel in an increasingly secular society.

Furthermore we affirm the importance of upholding the Church’s traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments, and that doctrine and practice remain firmly and inseparably in harmony.

We urge all those who will participate in the second Synod in October 2015 to make a clear and firm proclamation of the Church’s unchanging moral teaching, so that confusion may be removed, and faith confirmed.

Yours &c.



Your name:
Your parish:

It is most likely that, like us, you will have followed the events of last October’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops and its aftermath with interest. Like us, you may also have been left unsettled and deeply concerned by some of the statements coming out of that Synod, and the manner in which the Synod was at times reported by the media and interpreted by those with a secular ideological agenda. There is now a distorted general sense that the Church’s moral teaching could be changed and that Catholic practice could be altered regardless of doctrine. Even some committed Catholics are making statements that do not reflect the settled teaching of the Church, nor the clear message of the New Testament.

As pastors of souls you will be only too aware of the confusion this has caused to those to whom you minister. All too often it is those who have been most faithful to the teaching of the Church and have made great sacrifices in order to conform their lives to the Gospel, who have been left in greatest distress.

Pope Francis exhorted the participants of the Extraordinary Synod: 'Speak freely and from the heart. And listen humbly to each other.’ Inspired by the Holy Father’s invitation, we wish to make our voice heard.

Above is the text of an open letter which we intend and now propose to publish in the Catholic/national press. It states our adherence to the Church’s traditional doctrine and discipline of marriage, and our request that this will be affirmed without ambiguity by the Synod to be held later in 2015. We also make clear our commitment to serve all those who struggle to live out the demands of the Gospel amidst the often difficult circumstances of modern life. Clarity in teaching is never opposed to good pastoral practice, but is rather its foundation.

Please join your brother priests around the world in making this statement, for which we know many people are longing. To add your name to the OPEN LETTER, e-mail us at voiceofthefamilyusa@gmail.com with your full name, parish and/or religious order, and affirm that you wish to be added as a signatory to the letter.

You can also support the Priests' Initiative by contacting the organization Credo Priests at www.credopriests.org.

Yours in Our Lord,



John-Henry Westen
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NEWS UPDATE

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

EPISCOPAL PRIEST INSULTS CATHOLICS ON GOOD FRIDAY

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized the Associate Rector of Boston’s historic Trinity Church, the Rev. William W. Rich, for insulting Catholics on Good Friday. During the church's annual “Stations of the Cross” walk, while stopped in front of the Central Reform Temple of Boston, Rev. Rich asserted to his followers that in the past, some Catholics murdered Jews on Good Friday.

Rich offered no evidence to substantiate this sweeping indictment. Good Friday is the most solemn day of the liturgical year for Catholics.

The Catholic Action League called Rich’s crack “a gratuitous and mean-spirited affront to Catholics on the day they commemorate the death of Our Savior on the Cross.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “At a time when Catholics and other Christians are confronted by genocide and ethnic cleansing in the Middle East, Rev. Rich prefers to observe Good Friday by dredging up accusations made against Catholics from a millennium ago. So much for ecumenical sensitivity.”

“One suspects that Rich’s unprovoked attack has less to do with solicitude for the Jewish community than with current, culture war issues. Rich is a civilly married homosexual, with a record of activism for same-sex unions.”

“The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts has a history of cheap shots at the Catholic Faith. In 2002, a couple of days before the resignation of Cardinal Law, when the Archdiocese of Boston was inundated with public criticism, Episcopal bishop Thomas Shaw took the opportunity to pile on by alleging that Catholic moral teaching helped incite violence against homosexuals.”

One of those offended by Rich's remark was Brian Camenker, the leader of Mass Resistance and the Parents Rights Coalition. Camenker---who is an Orthodox Jew---had this to say: “Liberals love to talk about ancient history as a way of diverting attention from what is going on today. Just look at Obama's crack about the Crusades and the Inquisition. Catholicism poses no threat to the religious freedom of Jews or any other Americans. The homosexual movement, which the Episcopal Diocese seems to have so thoroughly embraced, does pose such a threat.”

C. J. Doyle continued: “If Rev. Rich wishes to lament sectarian violence, he can begin by apologizing for the thousands of Catholics murdered in England, and the hundreds of thousands of Catholics murdered in Ireland, by his co-coreligionists, not to mention all the Catholics who were imprisoned, tortured, exiled, destituted, dispossessed of their land, and deprived of their civil rights. Apparently, Rev. Rich has never heard of the clean hands doctrine.”

“Incredibly, this is the same crowd---Massachusetts Episcopalians---to whom the Archdiocese of Boston used to lend Holy Cross Cathedral for their ordination ceremonies. Rev. Rich's remark ought to remind Catholics of the one way street which is called ecumenism.”


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

March 31, 2015

Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
P. O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

To the Editor:

Whether it is the joyous celebration of Christmas, or the solemn observance of Holy Week, for James Carroll, it is just one more opportunity to prosecute his dreary polemic against Catholicism, (The wicked irony of Holy Week, 3/30/2015).

Anyone remotely familiar with Carroll could have reasonably foreseen that his column before Easter would contain yet another round of recycled accusations asserting Catholic culpability in anti-Semitism. Carroll, being tediously predictable, conformed to expectations.

Contrary to his malevolent contentions, the Gospel accounts of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ are not “an immorality tale of hate,” or “a transcendent source of suffering,” nor did they “spawn...racial anti-Semitism.”

The tawdry method in Carroll's obsessive, decades long campaign to defame and discredit the Catholic Faith is to implicate it, however tenuously, in the genocide perpetrated by National Socialism. Attempting to forge a link between the Catholic commemoration of the Passion and Nazi mass murder is a malicious exercise in intellectual dishonesty, which suggests Carroll is not burdened by excessive scruples about what is, and what is not ethical in journalism, or in what he purports to be scholarship.

No other religion is made the object of such continuous venom in the pages of the Globe. No other denomination must suffer one of its ex-ministers repeatedly declaiming its alleged derelictions in a major American newspaper.

Why does the Globe permit James Carroll to so revile the Catholic Church?

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

March 22, 2015

Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
P. O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

To the Editor:

It is a pity that Thomas Farragher diminished his otherwise estimable column on Sister Margaret Leonard of Project Hope with a snide and gratuitous insult to the Catholic priesthood, (A nun who brought hope for decades, 3/11/2015).

After praising Sister Margaret's nuns for converting their convent into a homeless shelter, Farragher sarcastically postulated that this would never happen with a rectory---which houses priests.

What Farragher does not tell his readers, and perhaps, does not know himself, is that religious orders, unlike parishes, own their own property and are, thus, able to dispose of it as they choose. Moreover, with a two thirds collapse in numbers of women religious in the U. S. in the last fifty years, many convents, beginning in the 1970's, became surplus and in some cases, were given away at a nominal price.

Neither priests nor parishioners own church rectories. They belong to the Archdiocese of Boston, which is a corporation sole. As long as a parish remains open and staffed, it requires a rectory.

Anyone remotely knowledgeable of the American church would have some inkling of this. Ironically, Farragher, in attempting to demean priests, only advertised his own unfamiliarity with contemporary Catholicism.

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com


NEWS RELEASE

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE QUESTIONS CLAIM THAT PARADE ORGANIZERS DID NOT KNOW THAT BOSTON PRIDE WAS GAY

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is reacting with skepticism to claims by Brian Mahoney, Commander of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council---the organizers of Boston's Saint Patrick’s Day Parade--- that the veterans, in approving the application to march of Boston Pride, were actually unaware that it was one of the state’s leading homosexual advocacy organizations.

In a column in the March 19th SOUTHBOSTONTODAY, portions of which were quoted in yesterday’s Boston Herald, Mahoney asserted that Boston Pride misrepresented themselves on their application as a “social organization with volunteers of Irish descent,” and that the veterans “innocently believed they were an offshoot of Boston Strong,” which was formed in response to the Marathon bombings.

The Catholic Action League called Mahoney’s contention “beyond disingenuous, something more on the order of the-dog-ate-the-homework.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Brian Mahoney, who seems to have a utilitarian view of telling the truth, is insulting the intelligence of the people of Boston with his meretricious disavowals. For twenty-three years, homosexual activists tried to force their way into the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Last December, under pressure from Mayor Martin Walsh, Mahoney and four others threw away a 9 to 0 Supreme Court decision and let them in. Now, he would have us believe he didn’t know that the organizers of Boston’s gay pride parade were homosexuals.”

“To accept Mahoney’s absurdly improbable claims, one would have to believe that no one on the veterans council watched television, listened to the radio, read newspapers, or talked to anyone living in Massachusetts. While no one should discount the duplicity of the groups which tried to strong-arm their way into the parade---they reinvented themselves several times---Mahoney’s claim is a bridge too far.”

“Brian Mahoney is the successor of the legendary John J. ‘Wacko’ Hurley, whose courage and tenacity gave us Hurley v. GLIB. Mahoney bears less resemblance, in his principles and in his speech, to Hurley than to the comedic figure of Sergeant Shultz, who always knew, saw, and heard nothing.”


HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY TO ALL CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE MEMBERS

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015

The faithful Catholics of Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River---students, teachers and administrators---refused to dishonor Saint Patrick when the parade in his name in South Boston was deformed and de-Christianized.

The good Sisters of the school, who belong to the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, lightheartedly memorialized their departure with this melody to the air of “The Leaving of Liverpool,” entitled “The Leaving of Boston.”

Sanctus Patricius, Ora Pro Nobis!

C.J. Doyle, Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts


NEWS RELEASE

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

SAINT PATRICK DISHONORED IN SOUTH BOSTON

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Saint Patrick was dishonored today in historically Catholic South Boston. A parade in honor of a Catholic saint was used to promote public acceptance of behaviors unequivocally condemned by the Catholic religion.”

“Two groups---OUTVETS and Boston Pride---which have zero interest in the ancient Catholic culture of Ireland and her patron saint, which express pride in rejecting Catholic morality, and which dismiss that moral code as bigotry and prejudice, exploited the venerable name of Saint Patrick to advance their anti-Christian ideology. They were joined by a platoon of politicians who also oppose and publicly work against the moral teachings of Saint Patrick's Faith.”

“Boston Mayor and nominal Catholic Marty Walsh should be proud of himself. With this afternoon's spectacle, he has retired his campaign debt to the homosexual community, and he created a new, de-Christianized Saint Patrick's Day Parade, which is welcoming and inclusive to everyone, except of course, the followers and spiritual children of Saint Patrick.”

“The Mayor is dead wrong on one point. This controversy is not over. It will continue as long as the name of Saint Patrick is cheapened, misused, and profaned by anti-Catholic organizations and their political enablers.”

The predecessor organization of the Catholic Action League provided legal assistance to the Allied War Veterans Council in Hurley v. Glib.


NEWS RELEASE

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE SAYS: DROP SAINT PATRICK'S NAME FROM THE SOUTH BOSTON PARADE

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today urged the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council---the organizers of the city's Saint Patrick's Day Parade---to remove the name of Saint Patrick from the parade. Yesterday, a second homosexual activist group, Boston Pride, announced that they would be joining the parade. The group OUTVETS was admitted in December.

As homosexual groups enter the parade, Catholic organizations, which is to say, people who belong to the religion of Saint Patrick, have been pulling out. Immaculate Heart of Mary School withdrew on February 26th. The State Council of the Knights of Columbus reversed their decision to march yesterday.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1994, described homosexual behavior as “grave depravity.” In Catholic tradition, “the sin of impurity against nature” is one of four sins “which cry out to heaven for vengeance.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Two groups which express pride in repudiating Catholic morality, and which consider that morality as nothing more than bigotry and prejudice, will now march in a parade ostensibly in honor of a Catholic saint. The cynicism here is off the charts. Groups which have contempt for the Catholic Faith will exploit a piece of Catholic culture to promote an ideology which is antithetical to Catholicism.”

“Saint Patrick was not a figure of mythology. He was a Catholic bishop and is a Catholic saint, and he was not a proponent of gay rights. Quite the opposite. In his Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus, the Apostle of Ireland took what liberals might describe as a severely judgmental view of mortal sin. The saint's venerable name should not be cheaply misappropriated by nominally Catholic politicians and anti-Catholic organizations with a same sex agenda.”

“Call it the Evacuation Day Parade. Call it the South Boston Irish Pride Festival. Call it whatever you want, but don't debase the name of Saint Patrick by associating it with the tawdry circus that will take place on Broadway tomorrow.”


NEWS RELEASE

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS WITHDRAW FROM SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE AFTER CAMPAIGN BY CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE

Following a nine day email and telephone campaign by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, urging orthodox Catholics to express their outrage at the Knights of Columbus, the Massachusetts State Council of the K of C finally reversed their recent decision to march in the 2015 Boston Saint Patrick's Day Parade. The Knights announced their withdrawal late Friday afternoon.

Incredibly, the State Council of the Knights---which had not participated in the parade in decades---made public their intention to march on the very same day that the faithful Catholics of Immaculate Heart of Mary School pulled out of the parade because of the admission of the homosexual activist group OUTVETS.

The Catholic Action League criticized the Knights for giving cover to Mayor Walsh, the parade organizers, and OUTVETS by perpetuating the impression that the parade was still Catholic friendly. The League also rebuked the Knights for undermining the courageous Catholic witness of Immaculate Heart of Mary School.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Whether the Knights were suborned, or were simply doing what they do best, promoting themselves without regard to Catholic teaching, their ill-timed decision to march in the same parade as OUTVETS--while loyal Catholics were leaving the parade---was a disgrace and a betrayal. Perhaps the time has come to address the dysfunctional corporate culture of the Massachusetts Knights, who have a cult of self congratulation, while remaining cluelessly indifferent to the struggle of believing Catholics to defend Christian principles in the public square.”

“As the State Deputy of the K of C cited both the national headquarters in New Haven, and the local clergy in justifying his original intention to march, questions remain on what role, if any, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, and the State Chaplain, Bishop Robert Hennessey, had in this improvident, though gratefully short lived decision.”


UPDATE!!

BOSTON GLOBE: The Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus announced that it will not participate in the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, saying that the event had “become politicized and divisive.”


ACTION ALERT !!!

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

DEMAND ACTION FROM NATIONAL LEADERSHIP OF KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS OVER SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE SCANDAL

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is urging all faithful Catholics concerned over the scandal of Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade to contact the national leadership of the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, and urge them to veto the decision by Bay State Knights to march in Sunday's parade along with a homosexual activist group.

The State Council of the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus is entering the parade for the first time in decades, just as loyal Catholics are withdrawing from the event, because of the participation of the homosexual advocacy organization, OUTVETS.

You may call Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson at (203) 752-4000, or email him at Carl.Anderson@KOFC.org

Don't let surrender be compounded by betrayal! It is bad enough that parade organizers threw away a 9-0 U. S. Supreme Court decision, do not allow the K of C to give political cover to the organizers, the anti-Catholic activists, or the author of this affront to the honor of Saint Patrick, Mayor Martin Walsh. As the parade is Sunday, March 15th, please call as soon as possible!


NEWS RELEASE

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CRITICIZES KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FOR MARCHING IN SAINT PATRICK' DAY PARADE

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today condemned the decision of the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus to march---after a decades long absence---in Boston's 2015 Saint Patrick's Day Parade. This is the first year in the history of the parade that a homosexual group has been invited to participate by the parade organizers, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council.

As a result of OUTVETS being permitted to march carrying signs and banners identifying their sexual behavior, the faithful Catholics of Immaculate Heart of Mary School---whose float of Saint Patrick blessing the children was for 25 years the iconic symbol of the Boston parade---have withdrawn their band and float from this year's event.

The Catholic Action League called the decision by the Knights “a grave scandal, and an unconscionable betrayal of Catholic moral principles, which displays an appalling lack of solidarity with the believing Catholics of Immaculate Heart of Mary School.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Whatever their motivations or pretensions, the Knights are giving cover to Mayor Walsh, the parade organizers, and most of all, to OUTVETS, by perpetuating the impression that the parade is still a Catholic friendly and a family friendly event.”

“The K of C is also shamefully undermining the admirable Catholic witness of Immaculate Heart of Mary School, which is refusing to march in a parade with a group that expresses pride in repudiating Catholic morality.”

“The overt message of OUTVETS is that homosexual relations---including same gender so-called marriages---are not only morally acceptable, but something to be proud of. Their implicit message, therefore, is that Catholic moral teaching is nothing more than bigotry, prejudice and hatred.”

“The Knights are helping OUTVETS spread their message by pretending nothing is wrong, and pretending there is nothing morally objectionable to a homosexual group exploiting a parade in honor of a Catholic saint to advance its anti-Catholic ideology. The Knights of Columbus are dishonoring Saint Patrick, and ought to be ashamed of themselves.”


ACTION ALERT !!!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

SEND MESSAGE TO KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS:
DO NOT DISHONOR SAINT PATRICK

Last December, in a shocking defeat for Catholic religious freedom rights, a minority on the board of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council---the organizers of Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade---dispossessed the majority, surrendered to political pressure orchestrated by Mayor Martin Walsh, and agreed to permit a homosexual group to march in the 2015 parade.

In doing so, this minority dishonored themselves, discarded a hard fought, 9 to 0 U. S. Supreme Court decision, and betrayed their Faith, their heritage, and all those persons, living and dead, who struggled for twenty-three years to preserve the Catholic and family character of the parade.

As a result of this betrayal, a parade in honor of a Catholic saint will now become a propaganda vehicle to legitimize sodomy. A parade in honor of Saint Patrick will become a forum for those who express pride in rejecting the religion and morality of Saint Patrick.

Consequently, the faithful Catholics of Immaculate Heart of Mary School publicly withdrew from the parade last Thursday.

Now, incredibly, at a time when real Catholics are leaving the parade, the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus---who never marched in the parade before, at least in the last thirty years---have announced that they will march in the 2015 Boston Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

It is almost impossible to believe that this is a coincidence. It would seem that the Knights are giving political cover to the Veterans Council, to Mayor Walsh, or both, by pretending the parade is still a Catholic friendly event. (Interestingly, the State Deputy of the K of C is a resident and small business owner in Dorchester, Mayor Walsh's hometown.)

The decision of the K of C to march, whatever their motivation, is a disgrace. Please contact the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus and tell them how disgusted you are that they would march in a parade that includes homosexual activists, and which will be celebrated in the media as a victory for gay rights. Urge them to cancel their plans to march in this sham parade, which makes a mockery of Saint Patrick!

You may contact the State Council by telephone at 781-551-0628, by fax at 781-551-0490, or by e-mail at State.Office@masskofc.org. You may also contact State Deputy Russell Steinbach at his home telephone at 617-282-7752.

For twenty-three years, homosexual militants tried to force their way into the Saint Patrick's Day Parade, while the Massachusetts K of C stood by and did nothing. Now that the militants have succeeded, the Knights, suddenly, want to march. It is really quite appalling!


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

March 2, 2015 - Published March 10

Letters
Boston Herald
P. O. Box 55843
Boston, MA 02205-5843

To the Editor:

Ambassador Ray Flynn was correct in excoriating the lamentable lack of urgency and outrage among government officials and media elites over the dire suffering of Christians in the Middle East, (Where is moral outrage over ISIS? 3/2/2015).

Some of the oldest Christian communities on earth---the Copts, the Chaldeans, and the Assyrians---are facing mass murder, ethnic cleansing, and attempted genocide by Muslim fanatics. The United States and its allies in the European Union must intervene to save innocent lives and to preserve ancient cultures, which are part of the common patrimony of the West, and are now threatened with violent extinction.

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

February 27, 2015

Letters to the Editor
The Boston Globe
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

To the Editor:

In its editorial on the Catholic Church and divorce, the Globe referred to those who believe “the sacrament of marriage is forever.” (Outdated rules on divorce, annulment need reform, 2/23/2015).

Your editorial writer neglected to mention that those who believe that marriage should be until death include the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, who said, “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.”

Does anyone seriously think that the Catholic Church is going to abandon the 2,000 year old teaching of her Founder so she can embrace the bourgeois values of modern society exemplified by, well, the Globe's editorial board?

The Globe views the Church in sociological terms, as a human institution which could ease the consciences of its members by making its requirements less rigorous. The Church understands herself as an institution of Divine origin, entrusted with the mission of saving souls, by bringing men and women to the knowledge of the truth.

Sincerely,

C. J. Doyle
Executive Director
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com


NEWS RELEASE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
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CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE COMMENDS IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY SCHOOL FOR WITHDRAWING FROM BOSTON'S SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today commended the administrators, teachers, and students of Immaculate Heart of Mary School for withdrawing their float and band from Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

In December, a minority of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council---the organizers of the parade---invited a homosexual group specifically contrived for this controversy, OUTVETS, to march, and gave them permission to carry signs and banners identifying their sexual behavior.

Attempts to reverse this decision ended with the resignation of faithful Catholics from the Veterans Council. The school's float of Saint Patrick blessing the children was, for many years, the iconic symbol of the Boston parade. The Catholic Action League called the school's decision to withdraw “an act of courage, integrity, and fidelity to the moral teachings of the Catholic religion.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle stated: “At a time when so many Catholics conform to the culture, it is profoundly edifying to see the splendid example of Catholic witness offered by Immaculate Heart of Mary School. The Catholic community ought to be grateful that there is at least one Catholic institution left in Massachusetts whose members have the faith, fortitude, and sovereignty of mind to act unreservedly in defense of their Catholic principles. Clearly, at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, they not only profess the Catholic Faith, they live it.”

“This valiant example of unflinching devotion to Catholic Faith and morals deserves to be both emulated by other Catholic organizations and affirmed by the leadership of the Archdiocese of Boston.”

“The Catholic Action League also joins with Brother Thomas Dalton in urging parade organizers to change the name of the parade to the Evacuation Day Parade, commemorating the civil holiday, as the event no longer has any meaningful connection to the religion of Saint Patrick.”

Immaculate Heart of Mary School, administered by the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is located in Still River, in the Town of Harvard, MA in the Diocese of Worcester.

Contact the Catholic Action League