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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.
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PRO-LIFE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND DINNER!

The Pro Life Legal Defense Fund invites you to join us for the 2015 Century Dinner. Every year, PLLDF gathers for an evening to celebrate pro-life accomplishments from the preceding year and look to the future for more ways to support the pro-life cause.

This year, PLLDF will present the Thomas More Award to Attorney Michael DePrimo for his outstanding contributions to the defense of life. Attorney DePrimo has distinguished himself in major pro-life litigation and appellate advocacy throughout the nation. He served as counsel at every level in the seven-year McCullen v. Coakley buffer zone challenge, which culminated in unanimous success at the United States Supreme Court. Attorney DePrimo will also be the keynote speaker of the evening.

DATE: Saturday, April 25th

TIME: 6:00 p.m. — cocktails; 7:15 p.m. — dinner

TICKETS: $125

LOCATION: Boston Marriott Newton Hotel

CONTACT: 617-969-8383 info@plldf.org

WEB SITE: www.plldf.org


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
(617) 524-6309
catholicactionleague@gmail.com

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