If you’ve been following the saga of the tainted search for the new head of the Mass Catholic Conference, you know by we still have two people on the committee with backgrounds of support for pro-abortion politicians and/or Catholics who publicly dissent from Church teachings. That does not seem a good way to go about picking a new faithful Catholic head for the Catholic Conference to represent the Massachusetts bishops on Beacon Hill.
Here’s the updated letter reflecting the latest on Sr. Annette McDermott. As you may recall from our last post, a couple of years ago Sr. Annette wrote that she was inspired in her religious experience by figures like Anthony Padovano, Mary Luke Tobin, Joan Chittister, Christina Vladimiroff, Teresa Kane, Elisabeth Schussler-Firorenza, and Pierre Theilard de Chardin. We documented in our last post how those who inspired her are all a veritable “Who’s Who” of public dissidents including members of Call to Action, people reprimanded by the Vatican or U.S. bishops, and people like Anthony Padovano, Joan Chittister and others who have publicly dissented from Church teachings on such issues as women’s ordination, voting for pro-abortion Catholic politicians, doctrine of original sin, who should celebrate the Eucharist, and more.
So, we have now updated our FedUp campaign message. Whether you filled it out before or not, please give it another try. Here’s the letter. Just click on the FedUp button.
I am writing to ask that you intervene in the search process for the new Executive Director of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference to remove two search committee members with backgrounds of support for pro-abortion politicians and Catholics who publicly dissent from Church teachings.
The search committee announced October 13 includes Sr. Annette McDermott, SSJ representing the Diocese of Springfield and Mr. James Brett representing the Archdiocese of Boston.
Sr. McDermott was a member of the George-Soros-funded Catholic Alliance for the Common Good, whose main purpose was convincing Catholics it was permissible to vote for pro-choice Democrats in the 2008 U.S. national elections. Cardinal Frederick George criticized the “fraud” of CACG’s “common good” approach and banned their materials from parishes. After the 2008 campaign, the Diocese of Kansas City newspaper reported CACG was an instrument of the Obama presidential campaign, and the CACG chair personally raised $350,000 for Obama. Sr. McDermott has also been a consultant to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which funded ACORN, an organization that supported pro-abortion and pro-gay causes. In 2005, she published an article describing how she has been inspired in her religious experience by “wisdom figures” including notorious Call to Action members and dissenters from the faith on matters such as ordination of women and voting for pro-abortion Catholic politicians.
Mr. Brett has personally contributed to pro-abortion politicians including Sen. John Kerry, Rep. Michael Capuano, and Rep. Edward Markey. As head of the New England Council, he presented the 2009 “New Englander of the Year” Award to Sen. John Kerry.
The search announcement says candidates must be “a faithful and committed Roman Catholic, in good standing with the Church.” Since Sr. McDermott and Mr. Brett have been involved supporting pro-abortion political candidates in recent years, their continuing presence on the committee risks discouraging faithful, committed Catholics from even applying.
Two individuals with such controversies in their backgrounds should not be on a committee to select a “faithful and committed Roman Catholic” to represent the public policy voice of the church.
Thank you for your immediate intervention to ensure that this search process and committee is not tainted from the start by this concern.
So folks, have at it. Click the FedUp button, fill out the form, click submit letter, verify you have entered the correct info, click submit once more, and let the bishops and Holy See know how you feel.
For extra credit, drop a dime to Bishop McConnell’s office in Springfield at 413- 732-3175. Tell them you think Sr. Annette should be removed from the MCC search process because she was a part of a committee that pushed for Catholics to vote for pro-abortion Catholic politicians–and because she’s on the record as viewing as “wisdom figures” some of the Catholic Church’s most prominent dissenters from the teachings of the Church. Ask them what Bishop McConnell is doing about this problem and tell them you’d like to call back on Monday afternoon to get an answer.