''Everybody is a Catholic who wants to be on board and wants to help the church," he said. ''There is no blacklist here. I don't know who signed what document, and I don't care. That is history. Every day we are called to conversion, to renewal, to support the mission of the church, and if people love their church and want to support it, they should come forward and do so."
The warnings which they failed to heed from those of us who told them that the people would end up confused by their silly assed statements has finally borne it's fruit... where it's going to bite them where it hurts...their wallets.
He didn't care and doesn't care when it's about the souls of Christ's people.
Here's a recent email from the schismatics:
What follows are two email messages. The first is from David O'Donnell, of the office of State Senator Marian Walsh, regarding what took place at the State House yesterday with respect to Senate Bill 1074.
The second is from Peter Borre, cochairman of the Council of Parishes, with whom the Boston Area Voice of the Faithful Council is collaborating in support of Senate Bill 1074. Peter makes the case for what should happen next very well, and so we echo his appeal and ask you to follow the instructions which he provides below. Working together we can make Senate Bill 1074 the law in this Commonwealth.
First of all, thanks for all of your help. A number of Senators staff have told us that they were getting calls from constituents to support the financial disclosure amendment. Basically, in today's caucus, the Senate President asked Marian to withdraw the amendment. She asked to speak, and explained why she shouldn't. A long discussion ensued, and the Senate President agreed to support the amendment if Senator Walsh would wait and file it next week when the Senate takes up the supplemental budget. Many Senators also spoke in support. Senator Walsh agreed to withdraw the amendment and file it as an amendment to next weeks supplemental budget, but only if the Senate President gave her his assurance that the amendment would be taken up, and that there would be no back door effort to scuttle it. He agreed.
So, a partial victory, for today, which wouldn't have occurred without the phone calls of everyone involved. I know this is a pain, but we expect to take the supplemental budget up on Wednesday of next week. It would be great if people could start calling their senators again and do what they did today, ask them to support Senator Walsh's amendment.
FROM PETER BORRE?, COCHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL OF PARISHES
URGENT NEED TO CALL SENATE PRESIDENT BOB TRAVAGLINI TODAY!!!
Senator Travaglini's phone number is 617-722-1500. This is a critical moment in the legislative process. Please call (much better than e-mail), and reiterate as strongly as you can your concerns about the "Marian Walsh legislation", along the following lines:
I am Massachusetts voter _____________ from [City or Town]. I feel very strongly that S-1074 should be passed promptly in the Senate. I want Senator Travaglini to know that I will be following this closely, and it is ESSENTIAL that S-1074 be taken up next week as an amendment, AS THE SENATOR HAS PROMISED.
You can back this up with an e-mail, to Robert.Travaglini@state.ma.us
Please feel free to forward this e-mail to friends and acquaintances within your networks; more is better, and it must be done today, November 4.
Thanks for your help on this,
Peter Borre' ________________________________________________________________
Thank you for all that you are doing for your Church and for your Commonwealth.
Senate Bill 1074 Will Help, Not Hurt, the Church. Given the sea change in attitudes about disclosing financial data that has occurred in the rest of the non-profit sector over the past few years, it is fairly predictable what will eventually happen among religious organizations. As you all have learned by now, the Internet-driven marketplace offers ever-expanding choices allowing the consumers to shift allegiance with the click of a mouse. Many non-profits are beginning to realize that what applies to consumers, also applies to donors. They, too, can and have shifted allegiances. Donors growing expectations of financial transparency combined with new technologies that non-profits can use to share financial data has changed everything in non-profit fund-raising. It is only when prospective donors have the kind of information called for in Senate Bill 1074 that religious organizations like the Archdiocese of Boston will begin to see a significant reversal of the decline in donations.
Keep The Faith, Change The Church
John Hynes Steering Committee Boston Area Voice of the Faithful Council
Everyone is a Catholic that wants to help, after all.
I'd say the first place the ought to head after Boston is Archbishop Dolan's diocese because he just announced that the schismatics dialogue was very beneficial didn't he?