MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
ARSON AT SACRED HEART CHURCH IN WEYMOUTH
Caution tape in front of the Sacred Heart Church where the front doors were charred from what police describe as an arson, which they were investigating on August 3, 2020 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. (Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
One of the two front doors of Sacred Heart Church. Remnants of a Molotov cocktail were visible at the base of each door. (Photo: Boston 25 News)
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today condemned the arson attack against Sacred Heart Parish in Weymouth. Fire damage was discovered this morning in two locations on the doors of the church. As with recent incidents of arson and vandalism at two Catholic churches in Dorchester, the attack occurred during the overnight period, sometime between 11 pm, Sunday, August 2nd, and 8 am, today, Monday, August 3rd.
According to a report by a parishioner, now confirmed by the pastor, Father Sean M. Connor, the remnants of two Molotov cocktails—broken bottles with burnt rags extending from them—were found. Sacred Heart Church, dating back to 1882, was restored after a devastating seven alarm fire in 2005.
The Catholic Action League called the incident “a vicious crime and an appalling act of violence targeting a faith community which is still recovering from the trauma and loss of a previous fire.”
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “This depraved act of arson against a house of worship demands an immediate, forceful and effective response from Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey and Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey.”
“This is the sixth time this year that a Catholic church or a Catholic institution in the Commonwealth has been the target of arson or vandalism. There have now been more than twenty such incidents in the Bay State since 2016. These attacks must be stopped. They must be treated as the hate crimes which they are, and the perpetrators must be identified, prosecuted and incarcerated.”
THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
“CELEBRATE LIFE” OF
The Massachusetts Catholic Conference—representing the Archbishop of Boston and the Bishops of Fall River, Worcester and Springfield—issued a statement today repeating the calumny that American society has a "culture of racism," along with a "culture of discrimination, violence, ignorance and indifference," which requires, among other remedies, so-called police reform.
A State Senate bill effectively stripping Bay State police officers of qualified immunity from civil lawsuits was passed in an overnight session of the upper chamber, but has stalled in the House of Representatives. Liberal and left wing groups are pushing hard for House passage before the end of the legislative session on July 31st. The four Catholic bishops of Massachusetts have now joined that campaign.
In the statement—signed by Cardinal Sean O'Malley and Bishops Edgar M. da Cunha, Robert J. McManus and Mitchell T. Rozanski—the prelates say they "celebrate the life of United States Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and his unyielding commitment to the principal of equality."
Lewis, who died on July 17th, was, during his 33 year career in Congress, an unrelenting proponent of legal, unrestricted and publicly funded abortion, including partial birth abortion. The trade association of the abortion industry, the National Abortion Federation, called Lewis "a hero," as did the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America described him as "a legend," while NARAL Pro-Choice America said Lewis was "an icon,"..."who embodied everything we strive to be."
As a member of the U. S. House of Representatives, Lewis received a 100% rating from both the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL, and a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.
Lewis also supported so-called same sex marriage, the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, and the recent Supreme Court ruling making sexual orientation and so-called gender identity part of federal civil rights law.
The Catholic Action League called the decision to extol Lewis "a grave, though entirely unsurprising scandal, which tells us everything we need to know about the priorities of the Catholic hierarchy."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "Congressman John Lewis believed that 62 million surgical and medical abortions since 1973 were not enough. He thought the killing should continue and the rest of us should pay for it."
"The praise of John Lewis by four bishops ought to inform the pro-life community about how little regard our prelates have for the labors, principles and sensibilities of pro-life Catholics. Unlike the corporate donor class, the political establishment, the media or the civil rights activists, the pro-life movement is not a favored constituency of the Catholic hierarchy."
"It ought to be painfully obvious by now that the commitment of Church leaders to the right to life is minimal, nominal and rhetorical. Our major Catholic institutions—colleges and universities, elite secondary schools, and charitable and fraternal organizations—are functionally pro-abortion, and the bishops, clearly, are comfortable with that. Pro-life signature drives are discouraged. Effective, grass roots pro-life organizations are never supported."
"The late Eldridge Cleaver famously said that 'If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.' Perhaps it is time for pro-lifers to view Catholic prelates for what they actually are—part of the problem."
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
WORCESTER KEEPS COLUMBUS
Christopher Columbus in front of Union Station, Worcester
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is hailing the decision of
the Worcester City Council to retain the statue
of Christopher Columbus in front of Union Station, in the
Commonwealth's second largest city.
The Council voted last night, by a margin of 8 to
2, to file, or effectively table, an order
by District 4 Councilor Sarai Rivera to remove the statue.
The proposed removal was met with overwhelming opposition from
Worcester's Italian-American community.
The statue, erected
to honor "the navigator, explorer, apostle and discoverer of
America," was vandalized on June 23rd. Rivera claimed
the statue represented "complicity in white privilege, colonialism and systemic racism."
In Boston, Mayor
Marty Walsh removed a Carrara marble statue of
Columbus from Christopher Columbus Park in the
city's North End, after it was decapitated on June
The Catholic Action
League hailed the Worcester vote as "a courageous act, which
preserves this country's heritage and which demonstrates
respect for the sensibilities of Italian American
League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment:
"Last night's vote was a victory for sanity and
patriotism over rage and hatred for America's past and for
its Christian foundations. Councilor Rivera claims Columbus
represents 'hate.' Despite revisionist assertions
however, there is no evidence that Columbus hated or intended
harm to anyone."
hatred in evidence is the manifest loathing and contempt which
left wing extremists have for the achievements of Western
Civilization and for the culture and history of the United States
of America. The mob has been resorting to shock and awe
tactics to effect a cultural and political revolution in this
country. Worcester, last night, taught us a different lesson:
Just say no!"
MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
TWO MORE CATHOLIC STATUE DESECRATIONS IN BOSTON
There have been two more incidents involving the desecration of a religious statue at a Catholic church in Boston. The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts has learned that during the same overnight period when a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was scorched by an arson fire at Saint Peter's Parish in Dorchester, a second statue of Our Lady was desecrated at a neighboring parish only a mile away.
Statue of The Blessed Virgin Mary at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Dorchester on July 16
Sometime between Saturday evening, July 11th, and 8 AM, Sunday, July 12th, an unidentified person entered the grounds of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish---also in Dorchester---and emptied the contents of a trash barrel onto a church walkway and then placed the barrel over the head of the statue of the Virgin Mary.
Four days later, the incident was repeated. At 6:20 AM on Thursday, July 16th, a passerby discovered the same barrel over the head of the same statue. Saint Teresa's church is located at one of the busiest intersections in Boston, at the corner of Columbia Road and Dorchester Avenue.
These incidents are the second time in recent years that Saint Teresa's has been the target of vandals. In 2012, a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on church grounds was decapitated.
Since July 10th, there have been, at least, ten attacks nationwide, against Catholic churches or religious symbols. Churches have been the object of vandalism or arson in New Haven, Connecticut and Ocala, Florida. Statues of Our Lord or of His Blessed Mother have been burned, defaced or decapitated in Boston, Chattanooga, Queens in New York, West Kendall in Florida and Whitefish Mountain in Montana.
A devastating fire of suspicious origin at Mission San Gabriel in California is being investigated for arson by federal law enforcement authorities.
According to statistics compiled by the Catholic Action League, there have now been, at least, nineteen attacks against Catholic churches in Massachusetts since 2016, a more than 400% increase over the previous four year period.
The Catholic Action League is calling upon the Boston Police to undertake a hate crime investigation into these two incidents.
The League called the two most recent desecrations "an appalling, depraved and sacrilegious expression of contempt for Our Lady, for the Catholic Faith and for the Catholics of Boston."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "It is becoming increasingly clear that these crimes can no longer be treated as a collection of random incidents perpetrated in isolation by disturbed individuals. The number, timing and frequency of these attacks strongly suggest that Catholic churches and religious iconography are being deliberately targeted for culturecide by the same left wing extremists who are committing mayhem against public monuments across the country."
"These incidents are chilling assaults against the First Amendment. The first religious freedom right is the right of churches to exist and to be unmolested in their persons and property. Public authorities, most especially Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey and Mayor Marty Walsh, must respond vigorously and forcefully."
"They must condemn these attacks, and must use all of the resources of their offices to identify, arrest, prosecute and incarcerate the offenders. If they do not, these crimes will just continue."
MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CONDEMNS
ARSON OF OUR LADY'S STATUE—
CALLS FOR HATE CRIME INVESTIGATION
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today condemned the arson attack against a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Saint Peter's Church in Dorchester. One of the oldest parishes in Boston, Saint Peter's Church dates back to 1884.
Fr. John Currie leans over to touch the Virgin Mary statue at St. Peter’s Parish which was burned by vandals on July 12, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Photo By Nancy Lane /MediaNews Group /Boston Herald)
At approximately 10:00pm Saturday evening, July 11th, the perpetrator set fire to a display of plastic flowers in the hands of the figure of Our Lady, burning the face, hands and upper body of the statue. This was one of three, possibly four, attacks on Catholic churches in the U. S. over a 48 hour period.
On July 10th, a statue of the Blessed Mother was defaced with graffiti---the word IDOL was painted on it---at Cathedral Prep School and Seminary in Queens, New York. On July 11th, a fire of suspicious origin destroyed the historic, 249 year old Mission of San Gabriel in San Gabriel, California. The Mission was founded by Saint Junipero Serra, whose statues have become the objects of violent destruction by left wing mobs in California.
On July 12th, a man crashed a motor vehicle into the front doors of Queen of Peace Church in Ocala, Florida and then poured gasoline into the church, setting it ablaze.
According to statistics compiled by the Catholic Action League, Saturday's arson was the latest of, at least, seventeen acts of vandalism directed against Catholic churches in the Commonwealth since 2016.
A statue of Our Lady at Saint Gregory's in Dorchester was vandalized four times in 2019. That same year, a statue of Our Lord at Saint Mark's in Dorchester was smashed to pieces. In 2016, statues of the Virgin Mary were decapitated in Burlington and Billerica, while another was defaced in Norwood.
The League is calling for the Boston Police to conduct a hate crime investigation of the incident.
The Catholic Action League called the arson a "lawless and malicious act of violence intended not only to destroy a venerable representation of the Mother of God, but, it would seem, to inflict needless pain and grief on innocent people who never did the malefactor any harm."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "The object and timing of this attack is suspicious. The number and frequency of these incidents have increased in recent years, particularly in southern New England. Without jumping to conclusions beforehand, a hate crime investigation is, in this case, certainly warranted."
"Given the climate of the country, where violent mobs of extremists are, increasingly, aggressive and emboldened in destroying historic monuments and religious iconography, public officials must remain vigilant in safeguarding the constitutionally guaranteed right to the free exercise of religion, which, necessarily, includes the right of churches to have their property protected."
"The Archdiocese of Boston must make it clear to Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey and Mayor Marty Walsh that this vandalism is abhorrent and unacceptable."
THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE HAILS SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today welcomed the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Agnes Morrissey-Bellu and its companion case, Saint James School v. Darryl Biel.
By a 7 to 2 majority, the Court upheld the ministerial exception, which guarantees the right of religious institutions to resolve internal personnel questions without government interference, judicial review, or the threat of litigation based upon anti-discrimination law. The cases decided today originated with lawsuits brought by two teachers who were fired by the Catholic schools which had employed them.
Writing for the majority, Associate Justice Samuel Alito said the Free Exercise Clause “does not mean that religious institutions enjoy a general immunity from secular laws, but it does protect their autonomy with respect to internal management decisions that are essential to the institution’s central mission. And a component of this autonomy is the selection of the individuals who play certain key roles. The ‘ministerial exception’ was based on this insight.”
The Catholic Action League called the decision “an important vindication of religious freedom, by upholding the fundamental right of churches and church affiliated institutions to conduct their internal affairs without intrusion by the secular state.”
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “By Wednesday’s decision, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that civil government must not become entangled in matters which are, properly, part of the constitutionally guaranteed liberty of churches and related faith based organizations.”
“The separation of church and state works in both directions. The state must not insert itself in the internal governance of religious entities. Wednesday’s court decision is a victory for America’s founding principles, and for the just and long established rights of Catholics and of all religious believers”
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CONTRACEPTIVE MANDATE
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today applauded the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania.
In a 7 to 2 ruling issued this morning, the Court decided that neither religious institutions nor secular employers could be forced to subsidize abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations as part of their employee group health insurance plans. Following the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2011, issued regulations mandating contraceptive coverage as part of the preventive services required by the act.
This was challenged in court by the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic religious order, and others. Following the Sisters’ 2016 Supreme Court victory in Zubik v. Burwell, President Donald J. Trump, in 2017, issued an Executive Order directing federal agencies to devise regulations to protect the religious freedom rights of conscientious objectors to the Obama Care mandate. These Trump Administration regulations, finalizing both a religious exemption and a moral exemption to the mandate, were promulgated in November, 2018.
The Little Sisters of the Poor were dragged back into court however, when the State of California and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, joined by the State of New Jersey, and supported by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, sued to overturn the exemption.
Writing for the majority earlier today, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas found that the Trump Administration’s relevant executive departments---HHS, Labor and Treasury---had the statutory authority to craft the religious exemption as well as the contemporaneously issued moral exemption for commercial business owners.
Thomas also stated that the Court, in its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, “made it abundantly clear that, under RFRA, [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] the Departments must accept the sincerely held complicity-based objections of religious entities.”
In their concurrence, Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch went further, stating the Religious Freedom Restoration Act required a religious exemption to the contraceptive mandate, which the court described as “administratively imposed.”
The Catholic Action League called the ruling a “a defeat for coercion and a victory for the liberty of conscience, moral sanity and the First Amendment.”
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “When birth control was legalized in the 1960’s, liberals lectured Catholics about the need not to impose their values upon others. Those on the political left however, apparently had no scruples about forcing Catholic nuns to pay for other peoples’ contraceptives.”
“Birth control remains legal, inexpensive and ubiquitously available in America. This now defunct, punitive mandate was never about guaranteeing access to health care for women. It was always about imposing ideological conformity upon dissenters from progressive orthodoxy.”
“Some would reduce freedom of religion in this country to the freedom to worship. Yet even the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in the 1994 Desilets case, maintained that ‘Conduct motivated by sincerely held religious convictions will be recognized as the exercise of religion,’ a constitutionally protected right. Thankfully, the U. S. Supreme Court upheld that principle today.”
TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE HAILS SUPREME COURT DECISION IN SCHOOL CHOICE CASE
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today hailed the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. By a 5 to 4 majority, the Court found that a state program which discriminated against parents who sent their children to religious schools violated the constitutional protections guaranteed by the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment.
In 2015, the State of Montana began offering tax credits to parents who contributed to a scholarship program to fund tuitions at private schools. In 2018, the Montana Supreme Court, citing the anti-aid provision in the state constitution---Montana being one of 37 states to have so-called Blaine Amendments in their constitutions---struck down the program.
The Montana Department of Revenue then instituted Rule 1, which prevented parents from using scholarship money from the program to send their children to religious schools. Three low income parents then sued.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion, was joined in the decision by Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas. Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
In the ruling, Chief Justice Roberts wrote "A State need not subsidize private education. But once a State decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious."
In a vigorous concurrence, Justice Alito emphasized that anti-aid amendments were grounded in nativism and anti-Catholic bigotry, were supported by the Ku Klux Klan, and used the pejorative "sectarian" to identify and target Catholics for public discrimination and disfavor.
The Catholic Action League called the ruling "a victory for parental rights, religious freedom and equality under the law, which will disproportionately benefit the children of poor and minority families."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "Today's ruling calls into question the constitutional propriety of every anti-aid Blaine Amendment in state constitutions throughout America, including the 18th, or so-called 'Know-Nothing,' Amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution."
"As the Constitution of the Commonwealth permits, unequally, state assistance to students at colleges and universities with religious affiliations, but not to students at religious primary and secondary schools, it would seem that the court's decision will now make possible litigation to overturn the prohibitions against public aid to the parents, at least, of students who attend religious schools in Massachusetts."
"Today's ruling represents a vindication of former Massachusetts Senate President William M. Bulger, an outspoken and unyielding opponent of the Know Nothing Amendment, who continually and forcefully reminded the public that the Massachusetts anti-aid amendment found its origins in sectarian prejudice against Catholic immigrants."
MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
MORE BIGOTRY AT THE BOSTON GLOBE
On June 24th, a sectarian comment was posted on the website of The Boston Globe, referencing, in a demeaning tone, the personal religious practices of the Attorney General of the United States, William Barr. Among other attacks, Mr. Barr has been demonized, repeatedly, in the liberal media for his orthodox Catholic beliefs and affiliations.
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle sent the following note to Brian McGrory, the Editor of the Globe:
June 24, 2020
Brian McGrory, Editor
The Boston Globe
1 Exchange Place, Suite 201
Boston, MA 02109-2132
Dear Mr. McGrory,
The following is a quote about Attorney General William Barr, from the comment section after the Eric Tucker Associated Press story on the Appeals Court ruling in favor of Michael Flynn, which was published in today’s Boston Globe:
“Barr’s Catholic confessions must be fascinating. No priest should ever forgive him for his sins in defense of trump. His God, may not forgive!”
I was wondering if you thought it was appropriate for someone to post a snarky, invidious and irrelevant comment about the religion of a public official?
If it referred to the Jewish or Muslim religion of a public official, would it have been allowed? If it referred, in a derisive manner, to the sexual orientation of a public official, would it have been allowed?
A fixation on with the Sacrament of Penance is one of the historic, indeed iconic, manifestations of anti-Catholic prejudice.
I hope you will delete this catty, offensive and entirely unwarranted comment, which smacks of bigotry.
C. J. Doyle
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts
P. O. Box 112
Boston, MA 02131
As of today, there has been no response from Brian McGrory.
A MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE
Monday, Memorial Day, May 25, 2020
As we solemnly commemorate, on Memorial Day, the heroic sacrifice of 1,060,000 Americans who, from 1775 until the present time, gave their last full measure of devotion in the service of the United States, we might also take a moment to recall an old patriotic tradition, now long forgotten.
America's original, de facto, national anthem—Hail Columbia—was composed by Philip Phile in honor of the first inauguration of President George Washington in 1789. Entitled The President's March, its lyrics were written by Joseph Hopkinson in 1798. The song gradually became known by the opening words of its first line: Hail Columbia, happy land!
An elegant piece of music, it was created in the same decade as two other famous and inspiring anthems, Franz Joseph Hayden's sublimely beautiful Kaiserhymne and Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle's magnificently rousing La Marsellaise. For 140 years, Hail Columbia was, to both Americans and Europeans, the musical expression of American sovereignty and independence.
It was just 89 years ago, in 1931, that Congress passed, and President Herbert Hoover signed into law, an act making The Star Spangled Banner the official national anthem of the United States. Lobbying by the Maryland congressional delegation, the embrace by organized baseball of Francis Scott Key's song, and a 1916 Executive Order by President Woodrow Wilson ordering the armed forces to play the Star Spangled Banner at official ceremonies, all brought about the replacement of an anthem so closely associated with the person and presidency of General George Washington.
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter designated Hail Columbia as the Vice-Presidential March. A composition to honor the Father of Our Country became the fanfare for Walter Mondale.
There are two noteworthy cinematic presentations of Hail Columbia. The first is 7:45 minutes into the 1926 silent film classic Old Ironsides, when the gallery of the U. S. House of Representatives bursts into song when Congress finally authorized the construction of the Eagle of the Sea, the U.S.S. Constitution.
Perhaps the best instrumental rendition of Hail Columbia occurs 1:46 minutes into the 1947 Jimmy Cagney movie 13 Rue Madeleine, about U.S. intelligence operations against the Nazis in World War II.
As this year is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Europe and the end of the Second World War, let us pay, on this Memorial Day, a special remembrance, most especially in our prayers, to that generation, now departing from us, which defended their country from totalitarian aggression, and in doing so, freed a continent from tyranny.
FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLICS PETITION FOR SACRAMENTS
WILL PRAY BEFORE CATHEDRAL TO REOPEN CHURCHES
On Sunday, May 17th, at 3:00pm, faithful Catholics will gather before the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston to pray for the reopening of our churches and to petition the Archbishop of Boston to restore the life giving sacraments to the abandoned and suffering laity.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1992, states that the laity “have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful...”
The Code of Canon Law, also promulgated by John Paul II, states that “The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.”
The Code goes on to say that “The Christian faithful have the right to receive assistance from the sacred pastors out of the spiritual goods of the Church, especially the word of God and the sacraments”and “have the right to worship God.”
Please support this worthy and vital effort! The following is the notice which we received from the organizers of this historic prayer rally:
Please join a few faithful Catholics on Sunday, May 17th at 3:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington Street, Boston for outdoor prayer. We’ll be reciting the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Holy Rosary. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for US! Wherever you are on Sunday at 3pm, PRAY!!!
Bring your rosary, chair, mask/face covering (signs aren’t necessary since this is a prayer rally).
Open letter and invitation to Catholics of Greater Boston:
Many of you are frustrated and angry about the loss of Mass and the sacraments due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. Churches are closed while many stores, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Job Lot, Target, liquor and marijuana stores, and worst of all, abortion facilities, are open. There is talk of the “new normal” (read that to mean changes to prevent things from going back to normal in the near and distant future!). Word from the Archdiocese has very much parroted the secular recommendations. We have heard nothing of our “Constitutional right to freedom of religion.”
As our Shepherd, it is Cardinal O’Malley’s job to lead the fight for our rights to our sacraments. To date, he has not done so. It is time for the laity to make our wishes known to him.
There will be a peaceful and prayerful rally of Catholics to let him know our wishes.
Please join us on Sunday, May 17th at 3:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington Street, Boston, MA. Numbers are important.
Please extend this invitation to everyone you can. The time for silent compliance is over.
— A Faithful Catholic
For more information, contact Anne Kane at:
A BLESSED AND HAPPY EASTER FROM THE CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE
SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
Resurrection of Christ, 1520
At that time, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, brought spices, that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb, when the sun had just risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?” And looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back, for it was very large. But on entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were amazed. He said to them, “Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go tell his disciples and Peter that He goes before you into Galilee; there you shall see Him, as He told you.”
— The Holy Gospel of the Mass on Easter Sunday (Mark 16, 1-7)
Laus tibi Christe!
TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE HAILS ACQUITTAL OF PELL
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is applauding the news that the High Court of the Commonwealth of Australia has unanimously overturned the sexual abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell, ordering that the "convictions be quashed and judgments of acquittal be entered in their place."
In its Disposition, the court stated it is evident that there is "a significant possibility that an innocent person has been convicted because the evidence did not establish guilt to the requisite standard of proof."
Pell was the target of an investigation by the Victoria Police—entitled "Operation Tethering"—which began without a complaint or a complainant. He was charged based on the uncorroborated testimony of a single accuser. A second alleged victim, who was supposedly molested at the same time as the first accuser, died before the trial, telling his mother before his death that the abuse never occurred.
The accuser's story was marked by striking similarities to a fictional account published in Rolling Stone.
The first attempt to prosecute Pell ended in a mistrial on September 20, 2018, as a consequence of a hung jury, reportedly split 10-2 against conviction. In a second trial ending on December 11, 2018, Pell was convicted of five counts of sexual abuse. He was sentenced to six years in prison on March 13, 2020.
An appeal by Pell was rejected by the Victoria Supreme Court, upholding his conviction in a two to one decision on August 21, 2019. In his dissent however, Justice Mark Weinberg said that the accuser's story "contained discrepancies, displayed inadequacies and otherwise lacked probative value..." He went on to state that he could not exclude the possibility that the charges were "concocted" and that the complainant's account was “entirely implausible and quite unconvincing." The Australian High Court, apparently, concurred with Justice Weinberg.
The Catholic Action League is characterizing the ruling as "a victory for justice, a triumph for the due process of law, and the vindication of an innocent man."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "The initial miscarriage of justice inflicted upon Cardinal Pell was the result of a poisoned well of public opinion Down Under. This was created by a reckless campaign of demonization, for political and ideological motives, directed against Pell by some elements of the Australian media, which was abetted by the unscrupulous willingness of victim groups to exact vengeance on someone, anyone, for the derelictions of the Catholic hierarchy."
"As others have pointed out, the motives and conduct of the Victoria Police and Crown Prosecutors also merit scrutiny. Nonetheless, the decision in favor of a Catholic prelate by the judiciary of a country far more secularized than the U. S. should remind both journalists and prosecutors here that not all calumnies against the Catholic Church ought to be accepted at face value."
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
THE LEAGUE IN THE NEWS, AGAIN
Reporter Charlie Butts of American Family Radio, interviewed League Executive Director C. J. Doyle on March 16th. Doyle discussed the slap on the wrist administered by Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins to Hartman Deetz, the left wing militant and serial thug who slammed 76 year old sidewalk counselor Judy Morse to the pavement in front of Planned Parenthood in Boston last April.
His victim, Judy Morse, was hospitalized with a concussion and endured months of recovery. Deetz received a Continued Without a Finding disposition, provided he completes eighteen months of probation and pays a little under $1,000 in court costs.
Despite perpetrating an act of political violence, Deetz was never charged with constitutional rights violations.
Doyle called the outcome “an affront to justice” and “grossly disproportionate to the gravity of the offence, the savagery of the deed, the suffering of the victim and the threat to civil liberty and religious freedom.”
The interview aired on March 17th.
Doyle was also interviewed live on the 17th by Mike Church, host of The Mike Church Show on the Veritas Radio Network. They discussed the celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day in Boston. Doyle mentioned that because of the cancellation of the parade, for the first time since 2014, the venerable name of a Catholic saint was not exploited on the streets of South Boston by those who reject and despise Christian morality. You can listen to the interview here.
Finally, many thanks to The Boston Broadside for publishing on their website the League’s request for prayers for Father Richard Bucci, the courageous West Warwick, Rhode Island pastor who suffered life threatening injuries in a car crash. Father Bucci endured a firestorm from the news media and the Rhode Island political establishment after he announced that he would no longer administer Holy Communion to legislators who voted to expand abortion in the Ocean State.
Update on Bob Joyce--The Catholic Action League is gratified to learn that Attorney Bob Joyce, former President of the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund and a longtime Bay State pro-life leader, has been moved out of intensive care at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and is now able to consume solid food. Bob had been stricken with the corona virus and pneumonia. We were pleased and privileged to receive a message from Bob himself today.
Thank you to all who offered prayers for Bob, and please continue to keep him in your prayers.
A REQUEST FOR PRAYERS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020
Feast of the Annunciation
Please pray for the speedy and successful recovery of Attorney Robert W. Joyce of Roslindale, who has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston. Bob, one of the foremost and longtime leaders of the pro-life movement in Massachusetts, has been infected with the coronavirus and is suffering from pneumonia.
Bob is the former President, and is a current Director and officer of the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund. For many years now, Bob has been an active supporter of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, Operation Rescue: Boston and the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts.
One of the many important contributions to the pro-life cause, and perhaps the most memorable, which has distinguished Bob's long career, was a famous speech he gave some years ago to the Interfaith Assembly For Life, in which revealed the fact that over one million Massachusetts children have become casualties of surgical abortion.
Please storm heaven with petitions that Bob will overcome, quickly and completely, this dread affliction and will be able to resume his vital work in defense of the right to life. Please also remember in your prayers, during this difficult time, Bob's sister Eileen.
Omnipotent and eternal God, the everlasting Salvation of those who believe, hear us on behalf of Thy sick servant, Robert, for whom we beg the aid of Thy pitying mercy, that, with his bodily health restored, he may give thanks to Thee in Thy church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Health of the Sick
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
GOVERNOR BANS ELECTIVE SURGERIES
On March 15th, the administration of Governor Charlie Baker, in an effort to maximize the number of hospital beds available for coronavirus patients, announced a ban on "non-essential" surgical procedures in the Bay State. This decision was enforced by a formal Order of the Commissioner of Public Health, Doctor Monica Bharel, canceling, effective March 18th, the performance of "non-essential, elective, invasive procedures" at all hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers in the Commonwealth.
A Guidance Memorandum however, also issued on the 15th, by the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, determined that "DPH defines nonessential, elective invasive procedures as procedures that are scheduled in advance because the procedure does not involve a medical emergency; provided, however, that terminating a pregnancy is not considered a nonessential, elective, invasive procedure for the purpose of this guidance."
While abortions are now judged essential, cancer fighting procedures, such as excision and deep cryotherapy for malignant lesions are listed as examples of "non-essential" health care.
Both Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts praised the Governor's decision to exempt abortions from the elective surgeries ban.
The Catholic Action League called the privileged and unwarranted exemption for abortions "further and compelling evidence of the complete and unembarrassed subservience of the Baker/Polito administration to the abortion industry."
Catholic Action League of Massachusetts Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: "As we have said before, the abortion lobby is, for both political parties and for both the Legislature and the Executive branch, the single most powerful special interest in the state."
"While the Baker policy is thoroughly appalling, it is also entirely predictable. What is, perhaps, more disturbing, is the pervasive silence of Church leaders to this corrupt exercise in political pandering on behalf of the child killing industry. As of today, neither the Archdiocese of Boston, nor the Dioceses of Fall River, Worcester and Springfield, nor the four diocesan newspapers in the state, nor the Massachusetts Catholic Conference have made any response to this latest aggression against innocent human life."
"The Archdiocese of Boston has been unsupportive of 40 Days For Life, Priests For Life, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, and Operation Rescue: Boston. It has, repeatedly, tried to discourage and frustrate the initiative amendment signature drive of the Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Taxpayer Funded Abortion."
"Various major donors, prominent lay officials and important consultants for the archdiocese have close ties to powerful pro-abortion political leaders, including former Vice-President Joe Biden. One of the Cardinal's closest advisers is Father Bryan Hehir, the reputed author of the 'seamless garment' concept, which is intended to neutralize and marginalize the pro-life movement."
"Catholic institutions in the archdiocese have a long history of providing, unlawfully, awards, honors and platforms to pro-abortion public figures, sometimes with the personal participation of the cardinal. Now, no one in the Church speaks out about the abortion exemption in the elective surgeries ban."
"At some point, inevitably, Catholics are going to start drawing logical conclusions about the difference between what our prelates say, and what they actually believe, regarding the right to life."
MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
ROY SCARPATO R.I.P.
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts is mourning the loss of Roy R. Scarpato, who died on January 22nd at the age of eighty-two. A faithful Catholic, a Vietnam veteran of the U. S. Air Force, and a civil engineer with distinguished academic attainments, Roy was one of the founding fathers of the pro-life movement in Massachusetts, who fought to defend the sanctity and dignity of innocent human life for nearly half a century.
In 1973, Roy Scarpato joined with the late Doctor Joseph R. Stanton and others to establish Massachusetts Citizens For Life, which he would go on to lead as President and Chairman of the Board. Although not an attorney, Roy was one of the founders and organizers of the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund in the Commonwealth, and was the 2016 recipient of their Thomas More Award. He also held positions of leadership in the National Right To Life Committee.
Roy was a supporter of the Catholic Action League, and its predecessor organization, the Massachusetts Chapter of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, since 1992.
Please pray for the repose of his soul. The League wishes to extend its condolences to Roy's wife Anne, to his children, and to all of his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Roy Scarpato will be celebrated today at Good Shepherd Parish at Saint Zepherin Church, in Wayland at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Saint Zepherin Parish Cemetery.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they might be loosed from sins.— 2 Maccabees 12:4
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