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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
John J. Shaughnessy, Sr.

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

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

APRIL 8, 2014

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE (781) 251-9739
               Catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE HAILS OUTCOME OF NORWOOD VOTE TO RESTORE CHRISTMAS

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today commended the voters of the Town of Norwood for providing a 76% majority in favor of restoring the name "Christmas Recess" to the town's school department calendar. A non-binding referendum was held yesterday. The Norwood School Committee, which changed the name to "Winter Recess" in 2011, must now decide to accept or reject the voters' advice.

The Catholic Action League called the outcome "a victory for common sense and a defeat for political correctness."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle stated: "Thanks to the wisdom of the citizens of Norwood, the school recess allowing families to celebrate the feast of Christmas may, once again, be called by its rightful name. Respect for diversity should not require disrespect for tradition, concealing our country's origins, or gratuitously offending the sensibilities of the majority. 'Inclusion' must not be used as an excuse for mandatory secularization or a coerced cultural conformity."

"Congratulations to Wanderer columnist Jim Drummey, to Theresa McNulty, and to everyone else involved in the successful referendum campaign."


MEMBER ADVISORY

SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE, (781) 251-9739
          catholicactionleague@gmail.com

PLEASE PRAY FOR PAUL LIKOUDIS!

The Wanderer has announced that its longtime News Editor, Paul Likoudis, has taken a six month leave of absence to undergo surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment for colon cancer. Paul, who is 59, is one of the foremost defenders of the Catholic Faith in America today.

As a Catholic journalist, Paul Likoudis has a well deserved reputation for being honest, fearless, lucid, and orthodox. His range of writings include American Catholic history, just war ethics, Catholic social justice principles and meticulously researched expose's of modernism and corruption in the Church. He is also an old friend of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts.

Please remember Paul and his family in your prayers, and ask Almighty God to grant a full recovery to this valiant soldier of Christ. If you would like to help Paul with his overwhelming medical expenses, a fund has been established at his parish church. Please send any donations to Saint James the Apostle Church, 17 Whig Street, Trumansburg, New York, 14886. Checks may be made payable to St. James Church: Paul Likoudis Fund.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Pastor, Father John Tokaz, at (607) 387-6781. You may also reach Paul Likoudis at paullikoudis@empacc.net.

The Catholic Action League would be very grateful for any prayers which can be offered, and for any materiel aid which our members can provide for Paul and his family!


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 29, 2014 - Published April 9

Opinion
Daily Hampshire Gazette
115 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01060

To the Editor:

In the editorial on the Boston and Holyoke Saint Patrick's Day parades, which quoted part of our news release, the Gazette argued that not every group which marches in these parades is there to promote Irish culture, but are willing to “support, respect and honor” that culture, (Editorial: Two parades, both Irish, 3/22/2014).

Police, military, neighborhood and business groups which march do not represent the serious counter witness to the Catholic Faith and heritage of the Irish which homosexual groups symbolize. Homosexual organizations not only express pride in repudiating the moral code of Saint Patrick's religion, but derogate anyone who defends that code as a bigot, a hater, and a homophobe.

No one would expect a homosexual parade to host a message critical of homosexuality. The organizers of a parade in honor of a Catholic saint should not be coerced into hosting a message which is anti-Catholic.

Sincerely,

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


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 21, 2014

Letters to the Editor
The MetroWest Daily News
33 New York Avenue
Framingham, MA 01701

To the Editor:

It was, certainly, thoughtful of The MetroWest Daily News to trivialize Saint Patrick's Day with Glenn Ickler' unsuccessful attempt at parody, (Ickler: March in the invisible parade, 3/16/2014).

What the unfunny Ickler makes so obtuse, is actually quite simple. Public identification of homosexual behavior in Boston's Saint Patrick's Day parade is incompatible with a) the religion of Saint Patrick; b) the family character of the parade; and c) the explicit wishes of the parade organizers---who have a constitutionally protected right to control their own free speech, of which the parade is an expression.

Sincerely,

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


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 21, 2014

The Anchor
Letters to the Editor
P. O. Box 7
Fall River, MA 02722-0007

To the Editor:

I find it terribly sad that a Catholic newspaper would characterize the struggle of a group of Catholic men to defend Catholic moral sensibilities in the public square as a distraction, (DISTRACTIONS FROM OUR LENTEN CALL, 3.7.14).

Perhaps, even more disturbing, was the rationale offered to excuse the silence of the Archdiocese of Boston in the Saint Patrick's Day parade controversy. Ten of the original Twelve Apostles suffered martyrdom. Apparently, in the view of The Anchor, their successors should say nothing which would cause them to suffer public criticism.

Most deplorable of all however, was The Anchor's treatment of the notorious Catholic basher Kevin Cullen---who recently savaged the Bishop of Providence in a lengthy polemic filled with demeaning ad hominem attacks---as a credible source on a Catholic priest who died in good standing with the Church more than thirty-five years ago.

Contrary to the assertion by The Anchor, the very public witness of Immaculate Heart of Mary School proved to be of vital importance. As even The Boston Globe implicitly acknowledged in its editorial on "push back," the school exercised a decisive influence at a crucial moment, affecting the ultimate outcome of the issue. All faithful Catholics should commend them.

Finally, I cannot believe the words of Pope Francis should be interpreted to mean that Catholics ought to surrender to aggression, allow a parade in honor of a Catholic saint to become a celebration of sodomy, or to be silent when their constitutional rights are in jeopardy.

Sincerely,

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


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 19, 2014  -  Published March 21, 2014

Letters Editor
The Standard-Times
25 Elm Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

To the Editor:

It would seem we arrived at the point that proponents of homosexual participation in St. Patrick's Day parades have become so desperate that they are willing to resort to the crude intellectual dishonesty of quoting Northern Irish bigots who deny the very Catholicity of Saint Patrick, (Our View: Beginning, not the end, of the rainbow---Time to end exclusion of LGBTQ marchers, 3/19/2014).

Mr. Killen of Ulster engaged in revisionist history with his ludicrous assertion that the Apostle of Ireland was not a Roman Catholic. The historical record is clear. Saint Patrick was a Catholic bishop sent to Ireland by Pope Saint Celestine. As the Anglican historian Edmund Curtis candidly admitted, Patrick was attached to "the Latin Eucharist, the invocation of the saints, and the sacraments and doctrines of the Catholic Faith."

When the Anglican primate tried to use Mr. Killen's argument on Prime Minister William Gladstone, the PM, an Evangelical Protestant, famously responded: "Who believes that?"

Sincerely,

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


HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS FROM THE CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS!

MARCH 17, 2014

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE (781) 251-9739
               Catholicactionleague@gmail.com

Perhaps nowhere else in Christendom can an entire nation and its vast diaspora of descendants trace their Catholic Faith and culture --- and their prospects for eternal salvation --- to a single saint. Our debt of gratitude to Saint Patrick is immense and unmeasurable. Saint Patrick (+461) is the Apostle of Ireland and was the first bishop and archbishop of Armagh. He is also the principal patron saint of the Archdiocese of Boston.

The feast of Saint Patrick is not "a municipal festival," as one non-Catholic judge erroneously asserted during the Saint Patrick's Day parade case twenty years ago. Nor is it merely a communal celebration of ethnic pride, as one low wattage and recently retired state senator tried to tell us.

We commemorate the feast of our patron saint because he brought the Catholic Faith to Ireland, delivering that nation, and us, from the darkness of paganism, and showing us the fountains "that rise in the heart of Our Savior above."

Contrary to expectations, and against overwhelming odds, the aggression of the neo-pagan forces of darkness was repulsed in Boston this year. Despite obscenity laden threats from politicians, financial pressure from corporations, venomous insults from apostates in the media, and duplicitous attempts at manipulation by those who reject the natural order, Saint Patrick's Day parade organizers refused, in the end, to surrender.

Only two Catholic organizations, the Immaculate Heart of Mary School and the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, publicly supported the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston, which organizes and controls the parade. As the contemporary forces of paganism continue their assault against the Christian character of March 17th, and attempt to deform our feast day, let us never forget that Saint Patrick's Day is a Catholic holy day in honor of a Catholic Saint. Sanctus Patricius, Ora pro nobis.

O God, You deigned to send Blessed Patrick, Your Confessor and Bishop, to preach Your glory to the Gentiles; grant by his merits and intercession, that those things which You command us to do, we may be enabled to accomplish by Your mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
     - Collect of the Feast of Saint Patrick from the Missal and Breviary of Saint Pius V


NEWS RELEASE

MARCH 16, 2014

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE (781) 251-9739
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CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CONGRATULATES ALLIED WAR VETERANS COUNCIL

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today congratulated the Allied War Veterans Council---the organizers of Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade---for successfully resisting the political strong arm tactics of Mayor Martin Walsh and Congressman Stephen Lynch. Walsh and Lynch tried to pressure the veterans to abandon their 22 year prohibition against groups which identify their sexual preferences from participating in the event. (Lynch, ironically, ended up marching in the parade.)

The Catholic Action League hailed the veterans for their "determined defense of their Faith, moral principles, and constitutional rights."

Catholic Action League Executive Director commented: "In the end, the veterans refused to surrender, despite demands from politicians, criticism from the media, tensions with some sponsors, and duplicity from homosexual activists. It was an admirable example of courage, fidelity, and integrity."

"The homosexual group which tried to force its way into the parade cared nothing for Saint Patrick or Irish culture, and had nothing but contempt for the Catholic religion. MassEquality wanted to use the parade to promote its own agenda. As this controversy unfolded, more and more ordinary people came to understand that."

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


NEWS RELEASE

MARCH 15, 2014

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE, (781) 251-9739
               Catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE URGES VETERANS TO REJECT POLITICAL ARM TWISTING

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today urged the Allied War Veterans Council---the organizers of Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade---to reject the unprecedented political arm twisting being applied by Mayor Martin Walsh. According to reports received by the Catholic Action League, the mayor is escalating his pressure tactics against the veterans in his campaign to force them to abandon their longstanding prohibition against sexual advocacy groups in the parade.

The Catholic Action League characterized Walsh's last minute offensive as "a brazen attempt to bully parade organizers into relinquishing both their moral values and their constitutional rights."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle commented: "The 1995, 9 to 0 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hurley v. Irish American GLIB Association concluded by declaring that disapproval of the parade organizers message does not legitimize the use of government power to compel them to alter that message, by including one more acceptable to others. That, however, is exactly what Mayor Walsh is trying to do. It suggests he regards the political support of the homosexual community as more important than the protections of the First Amendment."

"The so-called 'inclusion' demanded by the mayor will result in the exclusion of the moral principles and religious beliefs which Saint Patrick brought to Ireland. In a choice between political correctness and the legacy of Saint Patrick, the veterans should stand by Saint Patrick---and their hard won constitutional rights."


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 14, 2014

The Boston Globe
P. O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

To the Editor:

The assertion contained in both the headline and text of the Globe's editorial, claiming that Brother Thomas Dalton's views on homosexuality are his own, was not accurate (Brother Thomas Dalton: Educator's brimstone stance on parade is his own, 3/14/2014).

Rooted in Scripture and tradition, Catholic moral prohibitions against homosexual behavior are numerous, clear, consistent, longstanding, definitive---and irreformable. Brother Thomas was merely restating perennial and dogmatic Catholic teaching found in the Catechism, magisterial documents, and the writings of the Fathers and the Doctors of the Church, and those of the saints.

The Globe's editorialists have an unwarranted view of papal authority if they believe the Pope can change Catholic doctrine during media interviews, as in "Who am I to judge?" As the First Vatican Council---which defined papal infallibility---stated, the Pope cannot "make known new doctrines," but must "religiously guard and faithfully expound the deposit of faith transmitted by the Apostles."

Sincerely,

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

Attention: Matthew Bernstein


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 11, 2014  -  Published March 18, 2014

Telegram & Gazette
20 Franklin Street
Box 15012
Worcester, MA 01615-0012

To the Editor:

In her second attack on Immaculate Heart of Mary School in twelve months, Dianne Williamson sheds crocodile tears over the possibility of Catholic students not marching in a parade which would have included the homosexual advocacy group, MassEquality (St. Pat's parade pullout is puzzling, 3/4/2014).

Contrary to Williamson's biased assertions, the leadership of the school has imparted a useful and edifying message to its students. The students have been reminded of the need for Catholics to be counter cultural in a secular society that is increasingly hostile to religious freedom and traditional moral values. If anyone seeks evidence of that hostility, one need look no further than the repeated and rancorous efforts of Dianne Williamson to revile the Catholic Faith.

Sincerely,

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


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 11, 2014

The Boston Globe
P. O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

To the Editor:

Reading the criticisms directed at Brother Thomas Dalton of Immaculate Heart of Mary School, one comes to appreciate the truly broad latitude Kevin Cullen enjoys as a columnist, (Irish should smile on those shunned, March 4, 2014).

After all, Cullen does not have to construct a logical argument or adopt a rigorously reasoned position. Whomever he dislikes, he can treat with derision and contempt, demeaning them---"holy rollers"---or just sneering at them---"somebody named Brother Thomas..." Intellectually, it requires no heavy lifting.

It used to be said that journalists should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. With Cullen, the opposite seems to apply. The objects of his vitriol, all too often, appear to be those who hold unfashionable opinions, lack political power or financial clout, and certainly, are in no position to cause him any professional injury.

What a brave, tough guy Kevin Cullen is, always ready to take on anyone who can't fire back.

Sincerely,

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

Attention: Matthew Bernstein


PRAYER REQUEST

SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
(781) 251-9739
CATHOLICACTIONLEAGUE@GMAIL.COM

A number of our members have made a holy and helpful suggestion, with which we wholeheartedly concur. They have asked me to encourage all members of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts to recite Saint Patrick's Breastplate, the prayer composed by the Apostle of Ireland himself, to ask the protection of the Holy Trinity in his struggle to deliver the people of Ireland from the darkness of paganism.

Let us therefore recite the prayer of our patron saint to repel the neo-pagan darkness which threatens to engulf Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade!

The Breastplate of St. Patrick,

also known as The Lorica

I. I bind to myself today The strong power of an invocation of the Trinity, The faith of the Trinity in Unity The Creator of the Universe.

II. I bind to myself today The might of the Incarnation of Christ with that of His Baptism, The might of His Crucifixion with that of His Burial, The might of His Resurrection with that of His Ascension. The might of of His Coming on the Judgment Day.

III. I bind to myself today The power in the love of the Seraphim, In the obedience of the Angels, In the ministration of the Archangels, In the hope of Resurrection unto reward, In the prayers of the Patriarchs, In the predictions of the Prophets, In the preaching of the Apostles, In the faith of the Confessors, In the purity of the holy Virgins, In the deeds of righteous men.

IV. I bind to myself today The power of Heaven, The brightness of the Sun, The whiteness of Snow, The splendor of Fire, The speed of Lightning, The swiftness of the Wind, The depth of the Sea, The stability of the Earth, The firmness of Rocks.

V. I bind to myself today God's Power to pilot me, God's Might to uphold me, God's Wisdom to guide me, God's Eye to look before me, God's Ear to hear me, God's Word to speak for me, God's Hand to guard me, God's Way to lie before me, God's Shield to shelter me, God's Host to secure me. Against the snares of demons, Against the seductions of vices, Against the lusts of nature, Against everyone who meditates injury to me, Whether far or near, Whether few or with many.

VI. I invoke today all these virtues Against every hostile merciless power Which may assail my body and my soul. Against the incantations of false prophets, Against the black laws of heathenism, Against the false laws of heresy, Against the deceits of idolatry, Against the spells of women, and smiths and Druids, Against every knowledge that blinds the soul of man.

VII. Christ protect me today Against poison, against burning, Against drowning, against wounding, That I may receive abundant reward.

VIII. Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ at my right, Christ at my left, Christ when lying down, Christ in sitting, Christ in rising up.

IX. Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.

X. I bind to myself today The strong power of an invocation of the Trinity, The faith of the Trinity in Unity The Creator of the Universe.

XI. Salvation is of the Lord, Salvation is of the Lord, Salvation is of Christ; May Your salvation, O Lord, be with us forever.

SAINT PATRICK, PRAY FOR US


ACTION ALERT!!!

FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
               (781) 251-9739, CATHOLICACTIONLEAGUE@GMAIL.COM

URGE VETERANS TO REFUSE DEAL

     Boston Mayor Martin Walsh now claims both sides are once again close to a deal that would allow the anti-Catholic homosexual group MassEquality to march in Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

     Under political pressure from Mayor Walsh and Congressman Stephen Lynch, the Allied War Veterans Council---the sponsors of South Boston's parade---unwisely made an initial concession, only to discover that they were deliberately lied to by the militants of MassEquality. Realizing the extremists which they were negotiating with were completely untrustworthy, the Veterans Council withdrew from the arrangement on Tuesday night. Now Walsh is turning up the pressure again, believing he can coerce the veterans to abandon their hard won 9 to 0 victory before the U. S. Supreme Court.

PLEASE CONTACT THE SOUTH BOSTON ALLIED WAR VETERANS COUNCIL AND URGE THEM TO HOLD FIRM AND REJECT ANY DEALS THAT WOULD ALLOW HOMOSEXUAL GROUPS, SYMBOLS OR MESSAGES TO DISHONOR SAINT PATRICK AND DEFORM HIS PARADE!

     You may telephone the veterans at (781) 436-3377, fax them at (781) 341-1191, or e-mail them at info@southbostonparade.org

     A collection of fanatics who have nothing but contempt for the Catholic Faith are trying to exploit a parade in honor of a Catholic saint to force public acceptance of their sexual behavior. Don't let them succeed with this unscrupulous aggression!


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

MARCH 6, 2014

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

To the Editor:

     Margery Eagan fabricated history with her preposterous assertion that St. Patrick's Day is about celebrating Christianity, rather than Catholicism, coming to Ireland (Eagan: "It's time to scrap Southie's St. Patrick's parade," 3/4/2014).

     It is certainly encouraging that some Episcopalians celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but Saint Patrick was a Roman Catholic bishop sent to Ireland by Pope Saint Celestine. As the Anglican historian Edmund Curtis admitted, Saint Patrick was attached to "the Latin Eucharist, the invocation of the saints, and the sacraments and doctrines of the Catholic Faith."

Sincerely,

Joseph B. Craven, Jr.
Executive Secretary


NEWS ADVISORY

TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE, (781) 251-9739
               CATHOLICACTIONLEAGUE@GMAIL.COM

VETERANS TELL DIFFERENT STORY
MEDIA REPORTS SLANTED

South Boston Allied War Veterans Council
P.O. Box 350
South Boston, MA 02127

Sponsors of
The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day / Evacuation Day Parade

PRESS RELEASE

March 3, 2014

At a recent meeting of The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, a motion was brought up about reconsidering an application that had been previously rejected. This application was submitted by LGBT Veterans of Equality (an affiliate of Mass Equality). The reason for this rejection was a clear violation of our “No sexual orientation” rule, and not that we ban Gay people as reported by the press.

The application stated that 20 United States Veterans wished to March with Mayor Walsh and other Politicians in this year’s parade. They also indicated that they were a “Veterans Organization,” “helping Veterans from Cradle to Grave”. After some consideration, the Council agreed that Any Veteran should be allowed to march, regardless of sexual orientation. Further, any organization which helps our Veterans is welcome. This application was conditionally approved as submitted with the understanding that these 20 Veterans can march but no sexual orientation would be displayed, and the group would comply with our standard “Code of Conduct,” followed by all marching units in this parade.

To our surprise, the offer was rejected by Mass Equality’s representative Kara Coredini. Her rejection was based on the fact that we would not allow LGBT Veterans to identify themselves as openly Gay by means of signage and T Shirts identifying them as LGBT Veteran. This clearly violates our code of conduct.

At a closed door City Hall meeting last night it was made clear to us that the LGBT Veterans for Equality do not have 20 United States Veterans who wish to march. Rather, they presented only one supposed Veteran and a group of others carrying rainbow flags. When asked about a Color Guard, their lone Veteran replied that he wasn’t sure he could supply any more Veterans willing to march.

The Council performs background checks on groups wishing to march prior to their acceptance. We were unable to find any evidence of LGBT Veterans for Equality that would confirm them as a recognized Veterans Organization.

We appreciate the efforts the Mayor’s office to try and mediate this issue. However it is our intention to keep this an Irish Celebration, dedicated to our Men and Women serving in our Armed Forces. We will fight to keep our parade and its traditions.

Therefore, we The Allied War Veterans of South Boston felt we were misled by LGBT Veterans for Equality. It is our belief that the application submitted to us by LGBT Veterans for Equality was a ploy by them to enter this parade under false pretenses and is hereby denied.

It is our intention to keep this parade a family friendly event. We will not allow any group to damage the Integrity of the historic event or its reputation as a safe and fun filled day for all. We strive to hold the largest and most entertaining St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Country.

God Bless our Troops and God Bless this Country!


NEWS RELEASE

MARCH 3, 2014

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE (781) 251-9739
               Catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE APPLAUDS IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY SCHOOL FOR REFUSING TO MARCH IN BOSTON'S ST. 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 band and float from Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade after parade organizers invited the same sex marriage advocacy group, MassEquality, to march. 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."

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, in the Diocese of Worcester.


NEWS RELEASE

March 1, 2014

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE (781) 251-9739
               Catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CONDEMNS DECISION TO INVITE MASSEQUALITY TO MARCH IN ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today condemned the decision of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council---the sponsors of Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade---to invite the state's largest same sex marriage lobby, MassEquality, to march in the parade on March 16th.

Parade coordinator Tom Duross said "We'd be happy to have them here. And we'd be proud to have them here....You're a great organization, you do wonderful things for people, and therefore we'd be happy to have you in our parade."

The Catholic Action League called the about face by the Council "a cowardly abandonment of longstanding principles, a disgraceful surrender to political pressure, and a callous betrayal of all those, living and dead, who fought to defend their constitutional rights."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle stated: "We will, perhaps, never know what means Mayor Walsh used to bribe, bully or cajole the veterans into reversing their position, but he certainly delivered for the powerful and affluent special interest which did so much to promote and finance his mayoral campaign."

"The so-called restrictions which supposedly forbid mention of sexual orientation are entirely fraudulent, a sham and a fig leaf. As Duross himself has said: 'Everybody knows who MassEquality is.' "

With this decision to dishonor Saint Patrick, the veterans council should have the minimal decency to change the name of the parade, as it no longer has any meaningful connection to the Catholic saint who brought the Faith to Ireland. Catholic organizations should refuse to participate in a parade that hosts a group which demonizes Catholic moral teachings as bigotry, hatred and prejudice."

"No one should forget the origin of this controversy. In 1992, a group of aggressive sociopaths tried to force their way into somebody else's parade despite the fact that their message and values were radically at variance with those of the parade organizers. Now, 22 years later, with the help of Boston's bought and paid for political class, they have finally succeeded."

"This episode should remind us of the thuggish, totalitarian character of the homosexual movement, which has no regard for the rights, beliefs, and sensibilities of others, and which thinks that all of those who resist its demands must be pressured and coerced into submission, as the veterans were evidently pressured and coerced into submission yesterday."

"This decision is a milestone defeat for religious freedom, moral sanity, and what very little remains of Boston's once Catholic identity. As for the Archdiocese of Boston, its silence was as shameful as it was predictable."


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

FEBRUARY 28, 2014  -  Published March 9, 2014

The Boston Globe Magazine
Comments
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

To the Editor:

The premise of Neil Swidey's article---that a culturally more accommodating church will bring disaffected Catholics back to the pews---is, by no means, assuredly accurate ("The Promise Of Francis," 2/23/2014).

The experience of mainline Protestant churches which conformed to the culture was disastrous. There are now more Muslims in America than Episcopalians.

Progressive Catholics are often imprecise about, exactly, what kind of church they want. One might reasonably conclude, however, about what kind of church they do not want.

They do not want a church which teaches faith and morals with clarity and authority. And they do not want a church which hinders or embarrasses them in secular society by raising troublesome issues about the sanctity of human life or the impermissibility of contraception.

Sincerely,

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


LETTER TO THE EDITOR

FEBRUARY 27, 2014  -  Published March 3, 2014

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

To the Editor:  

When Peter Gelzinis says the Saint Patrick's Day parade should enter the 21st century, what he actually means is that it should abandon any association with the Catholic Faith which Saint Patrick brought to Ireland ("Walsh wants inclusion...," 2/27/2014).

A so-called "inclusive" parade would exclude the religious heritage which we are supposed to celebrate on the feast day of Ireland's, and Boston's, patron saint. All the cheap shots fired by Gelzinis at the Veterans Council can't conceal the fundamental absurdity of his position---which is that Saint Patrick's Day should be disconnected from the religion and morality of Saint Patrick.

Sincerely,

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


NEWS RELEASE

February 27, 2014

CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE (781) 251-9739
               Catholicactionleague@gmail.com

CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE COMMENDS SOUTH BOSTON VETERANS FOR RESISTING PRESSURE FROM MAYOR

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today commended the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council---the sponsors of Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade---for resisting pressure from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to include a homosexual group affiliated with MassEquality in this year's parade.

A previous attempt by a Massachusetts Superior Court Judge to force the inclusion of a homosexual organization resulted in a 9 to 0 U. S. Supreme Court decision in 1995 affirming the right of the veterans to control the content of their own parade.

The Catholic Action League called Mayor Walsh's intervention "an attempt to impose a radically discordant message, entirely inappropriate to the celebration of Boston's principal patron saint."

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle commented: "Saint Patrick was a Catholic archbishop and is a Catholic saint. How do you honor a Catholic saint by providing a platform to those who express pride in rejecting Catholic morality? And who castigate that morality as bigotry, hatred and homophobia?"

"The feast of Saint Patrick commemorates the bishop and confessor through whom an entire people, in one lifetime, were converted from paganism to the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. Mayor Walsh's efforts, if successful, would destroy the traditional character of the parade, empty it of its original meaning, and reduce it to a secular community festival, devoid of any religious significance."

"Catholics should be able to celebrate in peace the feast day of their patron saint without the unwarranted intrusion of an alien, and implicitly anti-Catholic, propaganda exercise, by a sexual advocacy group seeking to exploit the event for their own ideological purposes. Mayor Walsh's advice ought to be rejected."

The predecessor organization of the Catholic Action League provided legal support to the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council in Hurley v. Irish American GLIB Association.

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Senator Dorcena Forry wants to uphold Saint Patrick's Day tradition (Boston Globe, 2/28/2014)


MEDIA UPDATE
 
February 10, 2014

C.J. Doyle of the Catholic Action League was interviewed by New England Cable News about federal recognition of same-sex "marriage." Click here for a written report and video.


MAY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ENJOY A HOLY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

FROM THE CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE OF MASSACHUSETTS!

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