Revelations about the featured speakers at the
Boston Archdiocese’s Social Justice conference this coming Saturday are getting worse every day, and more and more Catholics from across the country are sounding the alarm bells as part of our “Boston Catholic Tea Party” protest. Today we hear more about support for gay activism and Marxism by the two featured speakers, Fr. James Massaro and Fr. Bryan Hehir, respectively. Yes, we said Marxism. Read on to see details of Fr. Hehir’s infamous talk in the “Matthew, Marx, Luke, and John” series at the left-leaning, Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies. Could the Boston Archdiocese possibly pick two worse speakers to place on the speaking podium? Click on the FedUp button now to sign out letter of complaint to the Holy See.
By now, many people know that on October 9, the archdiocese is sponsoring a Social Justice Conference, featuring Fr. Thomas Massaro, SJ from Boston College along with Fr. Bryan Hehir. We told you how Fr. Massaro was one of 26 signatories to a public letter supporting the nomination of pro-abortion former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration. Her position opposing the Church on partial birth abortion resulted in Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann asking her to not receive Communion until she repudiated her stance and make a “worthy sacramental confession.”
Marxism and Fr. Bryan Hehir
We’ll get to more on the GLBT agenda supported by the commission Fr. Massaro co-chairs, but first, the Marxism angle and Fr. Bryan Hehir.
If you’ve been reading this blog, you know about Fr. Bryan Hehir’s undermining Church teaching for nearly 40 years, and thus helping lead souls from salvation–including his presiding over Catholic Charities of Boston when they brokered adoptions to gay couples and when they honored the pro-abortion/pro-gay mayor of Boston, and his undermining Catholic teachings on abortion, Catholic conscience exemptions, women priests, and voting for pro-abortion politicians.
What you may not have known is Fr. Hehir’s past involvement with the Marxist-oriented, gay-agenda-supportive Washington, DC think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies. Fr. Hehir gave multiple talks there in the 1980s, including speaking in their Washington School series, “Matthew, Marx, Luke, and John” in October of 1983.
As you’ll see by this content on Religious Left Exposed, during the 1980s, the IPS served as a base of operations for those opposed to President Ronald Reagan’s anti-communist foreign policy. It was dedicated to the establishment of revolutionary Marxist and anti-American regimes in Central and Latin America and elsewhere and describes itself as the nation’s oldest progressive multi-issue think-tank. A New York Times Magazine article from April of 2001 exposes IPS as founded on radical, revolutionary and Marxist principles, talking about one contingent described by the IPS director as coming from a Marxist of almost completely comes from a Marxist or liberation basis. One IPS journal has featured “articles celebrating Communist victories in Laos and Angola.”
Anyway, so we were going through the Bryan Hehir archives and found this information about the Washington School series he spoke in (see p. 2).
Matthew, Marx, Luke and John: Theology of the Oppressed
Worldwide poverty and exploitation have brought religious ideological support for conservatism to a crisis. Liberation theologies—particularly black, feminist and Latin American—provide an ideological counterthrust on behalf of the insurgent resistance. This course, while focusing on the present through the prism of Vatican II, will discuss ancient and medieval precedents of peasant insurgency and rebellion, together with the practical and ideological leadership provided by priests and lay Christians who, basing themselves in the Bible, defined and ideology for the oppression, not the oppressors. Topics will include:
- ancient and medieval theology: practice and theory
- parallels in feminist and Latin American theology
- the Catholic Bishops’ Letter on War and Peace
- the future of the Christian alliance with Marxism
For attending that series, participants got a free pass to their series on liberation theology. Among the other speakers in the 1983 series was the radical lesbian feminist theologian, Mary Hunt. Hehir also spoke with her on a panel in a 2002 program at Regis College, where he said, “in 20th century Catholicism, teachings on sexuality have been “a chronically afflicted area.” You can read more about that program and Mary Hunt here.
In case you think this is just a matter of “guilt by association,” this was not just a one-off talk; Fr. Hehir spoke at the IPS more than once. We could go on and on about the IPS’s involvement with Marxist and Communist causes and activism. Here is a short IPS slide presentation from Religious Left Exposed that highlights a number of troubling revelations we barely have time to share.
As you can see, the IPS was involved in a wide range of left-wing activities. In 1984 they hosted “Sister Boom-Boom” of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence,” a group of “Queer Nuns” who mocked the Catholic Church. The history of the IPS on their website proudly conveys how “Rita Mae Brown wrote and published her path-breaking lesbian coming-of-age novel Rubyfruit Jungle while on the staff in the 1970s.”
Cardinal O’Malley, we know you see Fr. Hehir as a “trusted advisor” and Vicar General, Fr. Erikson, we know you recently described Fr. Hehir as a “good friend.” Is the background reported here not sufficient to disqualify him as a speaker at the upcoming conference? Or do we need to remind you about how he told a Boston College forum this spring he was concerned Catholic conscience rights could harm the freedom of women to get abortions? And do we need to remind you of how he praised the “intelligent and courageous leadership” of the Catholic Health Association at their conference immediately after they helped pass the Obama-backed healthcare legislation that was actively opposed by the U.S.C.C.B. because it allowed funding for abortions?
GLBT Agenda and Cambridge Peace Commission where Fr. Massaro is Co-Chair
If that isn’t enough to disqualify Fr. Hehir from speaking, and if Fr. Massaro’s support for the pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius wasn’t enough to disqualify Massaro from speaking at an archdiocesan-sponsored forum, here’s more. In our last post we covered Fr. Massaro’s service as co-chair, of the Cambridge Peace Commission, an organization linked with the GLBT agenda which has honored several gay activists in recent years. Fr. Massaro joined the commission in 2003, and in 2006, they gave an award to Emma Howe, who “planted ‘seeds’ of diversity in Cambridge for school families and GLBT communities.” An alert reader noted that Ms. Howe played a key role introducing a GLBT curriculum to school children from kindergarten on up in a Lexington’s elementary school.
Does Fr. Massaro advocate what Emmy Howe achieved when she implemented the curriculum “Making Room in the Circle” into the Estabrook Elementary School in Lexington? Read the Bay Windows article: “Show and Tell” by Ethan Jacobs (6/22/2006 ) to see exactly what she achieved. Read the Glossary of the curriculum “Making Room in the Circle” to see how the children have been indoctrinated into the LGBT way of life! In the Bay Windows article it states: ”She praised Lexington’s efforts at creating an inclusive classroom and said schools need to accept that whatever the feelings of individual parents, same-sex marriage is the law of the land.” Emmy Howe also teaches courses in how to implement the GLBT curriculum for teaches taking courses at Wheelock College.
Fed up yet? This past May the Cambridge Peace Commission held its 12th Cambridge Peace and Justice Awards and an award was given to Sarav Chidambaram of the Cambridge GLBT Commission “for his work as an advocate and activist within the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community.” Blogger Paul Melanson asks, “Did Father Massaro vote to award Mr. Chidambaram for his pro-homosexual activism? If so, how does he reconcile such an action with being a Roman Catholic priest who is supposed to demonstrate a submission of mind and will to the Magisterium of the Church (Lumen Gentium, No. 25).
Faithful Catholics are Fed Up with how the Archdiocese of Boston is ignoring objections and allowing this conference to proceed with these two speakers, whose history is one of dissenting from or undermining Church teachings, breaking unity with the Body of Christ, and thereby helping lead souls away from salvation. Both speakers should be removed from the agenda and whomever invited and approved Fr. Massaro as a speaker should be removed from their position.
Hit the FedUp button to send a message to the Holy See and Cardinal O’Malley about this ongoing travesty. After you send the fax, we also suggest that readers drop a dime to the Papal Nuncio in Washington, DC, His Excellency Pietro Sambi at (202)333-7121. When the nice woman, Sr. Mary, picks up the phone, let her know that you sent a fax, and ask her if she can report to you on how specifically His Excellency is handling this situation.