Where are Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Fr. Bryan Hehir,
Catholic Charities President Tiziana Dearing, Mass Catholic Conference Head Ed Saunders, and the leadership of the Knights of Columbus when you really need them?
While the State of Massachusetts faces an unemployment rate of 9.3-9.5% and has cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state budget that was previously used to help serve the poor, mentally ill and elderly, the House of Representatives just passed $24 million in funding to the Departments of Education and Public Health for the 2011 state budget that could allocate millions of our tax dollars for gay school programs. Two senior House leaders (Speaker Bob De Leo and Ways and Means Chair Charles Murphy) who are members of the Knights of Columbus decided to include and approve this. According to MassResistance, if it goes through, this would allow the homosexual lobby access to “an enormous stream of money to fund programs such as gay-straight alliance clubs, gay/transgender appreciation days, Youth Pride events, homosexual-themed library books, gay assemblies, off-campus homosexual events, and other activities in the full kindergarten-12th grade spectrum.” The funding legislation now goes to the State Senate for their approval. The Mass Catholic Conference falls under the responsibility of Fr. Bryan Hehir and he led the 2005 search committee that hired its current head, Ed Saunders. What have Hehir’s Mass Catholic Conference, the Archdiocese of Boston and Massachusetts Bishops, and the K of C said about this and asked citizens to do about this? Nothing.
Here are a few examples of how state budget cuts are hurting the needy. Further below, you’ll find details on what you can do to try and break the “cone of silence” from our Catholic Church officials on this thing.
Elderly feel pinch of state budget (April 8, 2010)
“The Patrick administration has failed to follow through on key commitments to help older citizens avoid nursing homes and stay in their homes and communities, actions that could save the state significant money”
Women are especially hard hit by state budget cuts, report says (Jan 12, 2010)
“…cuts in state funding to programs that provide adult education, employment training, and child care subsidies are having a detrimental effect on women”
Budget cuts will imperil state’s poor (Nov. 19, 2009)
The state estimates that the children of 9,100 families with parents so severely disabled that they qualify for federal Supplemental Security Income benefits will lose their state cash assistance as a result of the $600 million in budget cuts that Governor Deval Patrick announced late last month.
Mental health liaisons laid off : Agency loses 100 case managers; more cuts feared (Jan. 8, 2009)
The state Department of Mental Health, facing a more than $9 million cut in its budget, yesterday laid off nearly one quarter of the case managers who supervise people with severe mental illness and make sure they get the services they need.
So what we have is the prospect of adding taxpayer funding for gay school education programs in the face of these massive cuts in aid to the needy. Are Fr. Bryan Hehir, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, MCC Head Saunders, Tiziana Dearing and everyone else who cares about social justice these days comfortable with this? Why is no one speaking out or sending an email from the Church to citizens of the state asking them to call their legislators and try to stop this? When will someone from the hierarchy public denounce the moves by so-called “Catholic” Knights of Columbus and ask them to resign from the Knights or stop promoting themselves as members of the Knights? We sometimes have heard certain people involved with public policy say they are not taking a public stance on a key issue because “We don’t want to alienate our allies in the Legislature.” To that perspective, the blogging team here would respond, “What allies in the Legislature?”
We received emails from John O’Gorman and MassResistance that further explain this. See below for more:
Dear Concerned Parents, Catholics, K of C members,
MA House Speaker Bob DeLeo and Ways and Means Chair Charles Murphy support giving millions of taxpayers’ dollars for homosexual programs in schools.
(MassResistance Update, May 6, 2010, below)
Both Bob DeLeo and Charles Murphy are Knights of Columbus members with top Planned Parenthood ratings.
The silence from K of C member Cardinal Sean O’Malley, K of C State Deputy Bill Donovan and K of C State Chaplain Bishop Daniel Reilly is deafening. Contact all of them. Make sure they hear your outrage!
House Speaker Bob DeLeo, Robert.DeLeo@state.ma.us
Ways and Means Chair Charles Murphy, Rep.CharlesMurphy@hwm.State.MA.US
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Sdiago@RCAB.org
K of C State Deputy Bill Donovan, WFDSR93KOFC@HOTMAIL.COM
PH: 781 551 0628
K of C State Chaplain Bishop Daniel Reilly
PH: 508 791 7171
By the way, here are descriptions of the actual legislation, as provided by MassResistance (their markings in bold).
Department of Education:
7010-0005 For the operation of the department of elementary and secondary education; provided, that not later than November 17, 2010, the department shall submit a progress report to the secretary of administration and finance, the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on education on efforts by the department to further define and advance the strategic vision of the department, along with a detailed implementation plan for realizing that vision; and provided further, that the department, in collaboration with the commission on gay and lesbian youth established by section 67 of chapter 3 of the General Laws, may allocate funds for programming to ensure public schools’ compliance with the board of elementary and secondary education’s recommendations which take into account the commission’s recommendations, for the support and safety of gay and lesbian students and the implementation of related suicide and violence prevention efforts and reduction of health disparities for GLBT youth”…………………………… $13,031,114
Department of Public Health:
4590-0250 For school health services and school-based health centers in public and non-public schools; provided, that the department may expend not more than 5 per cent of funds on administrative expenses; provided further, that services shall include, but not be limited to: (a) strengthening the infrastructure of school health services in the areas of personnel and policy development, programming and interdisciplinary collaboration; (b) developing linkages between school health services programs and community health providers; (c) incorporating health education programs, including tobacco prevention and cessation activities in school curricula and in the provision of school based health services; and (d) incorporating obesity prevention programs, including nutrition and wellness programs, in school curricula to address the nutrition and lifestyle habits needed for healthy development; and provided further, that the services shall meet standards and eligibility guidelines established by the department in consultation with the department of elementary and secondary education; and provided further, that funding shall be expended to address the recommendations of the commission on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, established in section 67 of chapter 3 of the General Laws, for the reduction of health disparities for gay, lesbian bisexual and transgendered youth”…………… $11,697,967
Beyond following the instructions above, if you are disturbed that the Catholic Conference and Massachusetts Bishops are not taking action on these matters, please use our Take Action page to complain even higher up on the hierarchical food-chain.