We just got all of the emails letting us know about the latest bird-brained decision from the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston to feature Fr. Bryan Hehir as keynote speaker at Thursday’s meeting of pastors and Catholic school principals. Fr. Hehir’s talking on the topic of “Catholic Identity: Its Roots and Realization in our Schools.”
Seems to us here at Bryan Hehir Exposed that inviting Bryan Hehir to talk about Catholic identity is like inviting Tiger Woods to talk about marital fidelity.
We’ve questioned Cardinal O’Malley’s judgement before, and this takes the cake. The Cardinal’s well aware of these points we made before, when Fr. Hehir keynoted the last
Socialist, I mean, Social Justice Conference:
- Fr. Hehir was a key architect of the “seamless garment” concept that has downplayed the importance of abortion by the Catholic Church and has given air-cover to pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians such as the Kennedys for decades. He also was a reviewer of Mario Cuomo’s intellecually mischievous 1984 Notre Dame speech (“I’m personally opposed, but I can’t impose my views on a pluralistic society”), which the Hehir/Bernadin “seamless garment” concept helped validate politically.
- Fr. Hehir honored the pro-abortion, pro-gay-marriage Mayor of Boston at a Catholic Charities fundraiser
- Fr. Hehir was President of Catholic Charities when they were brokering adoptions to gay couples, even though the Vatican said this was doing violence to the child by depriving them of an environment conducive to their full human development.
- Fr. Hehir publicly contradicted and criticized Cardinal Ratzinger’s 2004 statement regarding voting for pro-abortion politicians
- Fr. Hehir told a Boston College forum this spring he was concerned that Catholic conscience rights for healthcare workers opposed to abortion could harm the woman who “needs” abortion services.
- Fr. Hehir praised the “intelligent and courageous leadership” of the Catholic Health Association at their 2010 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. USCCB President, Cardinal George, called the CHA’s actions a “wound to Catholic unity.”
Boston Catholic Insider said the following about the situation, which we sort of agree with and moreso disagree with:
One can only surmise one of two things about this situation:
- Cardinal O’Malley genuinely wants to take the archdicoese in a direction aligned with the ideologies of Jack Connors (who chairs Partners Healthcare, a large abortion provider in the state) and Fr. Bryan Hehir (who has no problem honoring people who publicly work against Church teachings), or
- Cardinal O’Malley is remarkably tone-deaf to the concerns of the laity and priests of the archdiocese
BCI’s being too kind. Cardinal O’Malley’s a smart man who isn’t tone deaf. He knows very well what he’s choosing to do and not do. Cardinal O’Malley’s actions– capitulating to Jack Connors on the Catholic Schools admission policy (where the Cardinal, himself, has said he doesn’t want to discriminate against children of gay parents), capitulating by surrendering the adoption service by Catholic Charities rather than fighting to keep the state from encroaching, commending Bryan Hehir with lavish praises last year, and continuing to put Bryan Hehir forward as a keynote for events like this–basically say “yes” to point 1–that the Cardinal wants to go in this direction. AND, it also says he actually doesn’t give a hoot what orthodox Catholics think–he is simply thumbing his nose at us. He did that with the first Caritas deal (with Centene Corp/CeltiCare and the financial partnership that involved abortion referrals). He did that with the Ted Kennedy coronation/funeral. He did that with the last Social Justice Conference. And he’s doing it again with this event. Cardinal O’Malley is sending a very clear message that he doesn’t care about orthodoxy or what faithful Catholics think or believe. He just doesn’t.
We knew this before, but the latest gives even more clarity that there are really two problems–1) Cardinal O’Malley himself and 2) Fr. Bryan Hehir. Unless something’s done about Cardinal O’Malley, we may never be able to deal with Fr. Hehir.
Here’s the relevant part of the message from the desk of the $325,000/year, grossly over-paid Mary Grassa O’Neill:
January 3, 2010
Dear Principals, Pastors, and Heads of Schools:
Cardinal Seán O’Malley and I look forward to seeing you at our Convocation and Celebration of Education. The event will take place at the Pastoral Center on Thursday, January 6th, 2011 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This annual celebration always has drawn together nearly all our school leaders. We hope that you will take the opportunity to join your fellow Catholic school leaders on Thursday.
We will open with a prayer and remarks from Cardinal Seán. Our featured speaker will be Fr. J. Bryan Hehir, who will discuss “Catholic Identity: Its Roots and Realization in our Schools.” Lastly, I will provide a multi-media overview of our shared achievements and challenges this past year and our priorities for the future. We will close with a reception and refreshment.
We look forward to this celebration of our school community and your unflagging spirit, strength, and leadership that make it all possible. Happy New Year!
Mary Grassa O’Neill
She doesn’t care what faithful Catholics think either.
This Convocation featuring Fr. Hehir is an affront to every faithful Catholic in the Archdiocese of Boston. At the same time, the policy to officially force pastors to admit children of gay and lesbian parents is barrelling forward.
We’re thinking about what the best response strategy should be, since neither the Cardinal Archbishop nor the Vicar General care what we think. We’ll update you tomorrow on the campaign we are considering.