The following is a news release from the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts concerning this morning's Ad in The Boston Globe endorsing gay marriage:
MONDAY, JULY 10, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: C. J. DOYLE
CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE CRITICIZES STATEMENT BY CORPORATE ELITES ENDORSING GAY MARRIAGE
CALLS FOR THEIR REMOVAL FROM CATHOLIC BOARDS
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized the statement by 165 prominent Bay State capitalists and others opposing a constitutional amendment to prohibit homosexual marriage. The League also called for the removal of any signatories from the boards of Catholic institutions. The statement, published in this morning’s Boston Globe, asserts that the Legislature should reject the amendment and "move on to other important issues like strengthening the economy, improving our schools and protecting our neighborhoods."
The Catholic Action League called the statement "a compelling example of the selfishness, parochialism, and moral imbecility of the Commonwealth’s corporate elites."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle stated: "One marvels at the brazen effrontery of the leadership of the Patriots and the Red Sox, both of whom have gone to the Legislature seeking special interest handouts from the taxpayers, now complaining that the General Court has more important issues to worry about than the definition of marriage, the bedrock institution of our social order. When members of the Massachusetts plutocracy talk about ‘strengthening the economy’ what they really mean is that the Legislature should stay focused on giving them subsidies, targeted tax cuts, and government infrastructure money. Still, one appreciates their dilemma. After all, if our elected representatives started voting on the basis of moral principles, it might become more difficult for our economic oligarchs to buy them off with campaign contributions, junkets, and free tickets to Fenway."
"If the Catholic Church and the Catholic community are serious about protecting traditional marriage, they should immediately remove any statement signatories from the boards of Catholic charitable and educational institutions, as they have publicly declared their opposition to Catholic teaching and Christian morality. Patriots owner Bob Kraft is a trustee of Boston College and former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd is an associate trustee. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is a member of the Laboure Center’s campaign committee, while Tufts Health Plan CEO James Roosevelt, Jr. is a trustee of Emmanuel College. If they don’t have the integrity to resign, the Church ought to have the courage to fire them."