In the course of his recent remarks to the Catholic Charities Greater Boston Christmas dinner, the mayor confessed that ''what moves me about being a Christian is what Jesus taught us about being religious. He did not give priority to piety. He didn't make holiness the big thing. And he did not tell us to go around talking up God, either."
Really? One wonders what Menino makes of the last two verses of the Gospel of St. Matthew: ''Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." It is not, shall we say, self-evidently clear how that ''Great Commission" can be fulfilled without ''talking up God."
I think the kicker is that all the folks who attended thought what Menino said was so wonderful they gave him a warm round of applause!
Theologians will debate forever whether that teaching is ''doctrine" in the sense that the trinity is ''doctrine;" but those debates are irrelevant here, for the mayor was using ''doctrine" as a synonym for ''settled Catholic conviction" and suggesting that the abortion question is unsettled. It is not.
To suggest otherwise is either culpable ignorance or willful misrepresentation.
It doesn't take an Einstein to make that judgment call.
Here's another letter that somebody sent to McFadden's group:
To: 'firstname.lastname@example.org' Subject: Error in press release
Your December 9 press release contains an error. You say: In a recent letter to his email list, Republican Catholic surrogate and attack dog, Deal Hudson stated, "It is time to put 'Catholic' beliefs and teachings back into Catholic Charities of Boston."
That specific quote is an excerpt from the letter 130 Catholics signed and sent to Archbishop O'Malley. Hudson made that very clear in his message. Is there a reason why you have published that distorted view of his message? Will you be correcting that and issuing an amended press release?
Furthermore, since you link to the chronically anti-Catholic Eileen McNamara's Op-Ed about what she sees as right-wing zealots, I suggest you post on your home page the excellent Op-Ed piece by George Weigel which appeared in today's Globe. If you are concerned witih Faithful Citizenship, I cannot imaging why you would not wish to link to this outstanding piece (see below) and describe it in a positive light.
In going through the site, I notice that you use vaguely written passages to suggest it's OK to hold a plurality of positions regarding the protection of life from conception to natural death, and you do you mention anything about the Church's position on marriage as defined between one man and one woman. Embryonic stem cell research or human cloning research are not covered either. Since "Faithful Citizenship" covers abortion/protection of life as well as the definition of marriage, and you say you are true to "Faithful Citizenship" why are these issues somehow excluded? Perhaps you intend to expand the site? Assuming that is the case, I have included some passages below for you to add.
Lastly, your mission and focus seem odd. If you strongly believe in the dignity of life, why wouldn't you quote the following, and make the right to people having a life your first goal, as Pope John Paul II so eloquently wrote in Christifideles laici (below)? Why not include the passages below as well?
Christifideles laici, The Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World. Pope John Paul II, 1988.
“Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights -- for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture -- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition of all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination . . . The human being is entitled to such rights in every phase of development, from conception until natural death, whether healthy or sick, whole or handicapped, rich or poor."
Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life). Pope John Paul II, 1995
Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.
The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation.
Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics (1998)
21. "Bringing a respect for human dignity to practical politics can be a daunting task...But for citizens and elected officials alike, the basic principle is simple: We must begin with a commitment never to intentionally kill, or collude in the killing, of any innocent human life, no matter how broken, unformed, disabled or desperate that life may seem. In other words, the choice of certain ways of acting is always and radically incompatible with the love of God and the dignity of the human person created in His image. Direct abortion is never a morally tolerable option. It is always a grave act of violence against a woman and her unborn child. This is so even when a woman does not see the truth because of the pressures she may be subjected to, often by the child's father, her parents or friends.
Thank you for your attention to the corrections I mentioned above and below.
At the end of the day, McFadden will wake up wishingt he never tried to shut down Catholic defense of Faith in Boston.