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Carol M. McKinley

Friday, November 11, 2005 :::

UPDATE...FILE NOW UPLOADED at the end of the post..(it's a pdf)

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Deal W. Hudson

In This Issue:

Boston's Catholic Charities Honors Public Dissenter

Only weeks ago the Boston Globe reported that Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston had assisted in the adoption of thirteen foster children by homosexual couples. Catholic teaching regards such adoptions as "gravely immoral."

Catholic Charities in Boston is continuing to steer a steady course away from Church authority. Invitations for the Catholic Charities annual Christmas dinner were recently sent out naming their honoree, Boston Mayor Tom Menino. Menino has distinguished himself with his public support of abortion and gay marriage. He is often quoted in the press bashing pro-life lay groups, politicians and theologians.

Catholics who have been working hard in the defense of marriage and life issues in Boston feel further discouraged that Archbishop Sean O'Malley is listed as a "Special Guest" for the evening honoring the heterodox mayor.

In June, 2004, the USCCB clearly condemned Catholic institutions from honoring or providing a speaking platform for Catholic politicians:

"The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions" (June 21, 2004, "Catholics in Political Life).

No doubt the existence of this document is known at Catholic Charities. But, in fact, there is clear evidence that Catholic Charities simply dismisses Church teaching on some important issues.

Most Catholics would assume that the decision to "honor" Menino was the result of mid-level staff decisions at Catholic Charities - but that is not the case.

Peter Meade, chairman of the Catholic Charities Board, shrugged off the doctrinal issue, ''What we do is facilitate adoptions to loving couples."

The president of Catholic Charities, Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, also defended the practice, arguing that ''We have to balance various goods." Hehir, who is easily the most powerful Catholic in the archdiocese next to Archbishop O'Malley, was formerly the head of national of office of Catholic Charities USA.

Obviously neither the gay adoptions nor the choice of Mayor Menino as their dinner honoree was the product of mid-level management. These were decisions approved from the very top.

In honoring Mayor Menino, Catholic Charities is doing exactly what the United States bishops only a year ago said must not be done. Whether or not Menino fits the description of a dissenting Catholic is not even a close call. His public advocacy for abortion and gay marriage is widely documented. Last week he accused those who think "homosexuality is preventable and treatable" of being motivated by "hate." The mayor added, "We also know that same-sex marriages are pro-family." (Bay Windows, 11/03/05).

Mayor Menino is confident that he knows the Catholic faith. So confident, in fact, that he recently was quoted saying that Sen. Rick Santorum "doesn't understand Catholicism."

One wonders whether Archbishop O'Malley will attend the dinner which obviously contradicts the will of his fellow bishops and cause further division to an already devastated diocese. We will see.

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I'll try to upload the invitation to the blog later on...Cath_Charities_Event_Dec_9_2005.pdf

::: posted by prolife pundits at 1:36 PM




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