A few people have asked us recently what’s going on with the blog since there haven’t been recent posts. In short, we’ve been really busy, but we haven’t given up the battle at all.
The email/fax campaign (“Catholics Ask Holy See to Intervene in Boston Archdiocese“) to the Holy See over the Catholic Schools policy to admit children of gay parents that has sent several hundred messages provoked at least one interesting reaction from the Archdiocese of Boston. We heard from one priest on the Presbyteral Council who also works at the Chancery. He complained about getting “spammed” by our emails. Here is the first part of our interchange. We didn’t ask for permission to cite his name, so we’re keeping his name unpublished unless he tells us otherwise.
From: Reverend ___
Date: Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 2:44 PM
Subject: Stop sending copies
Dear “faithful Catholic” –
I have received numerous copies of your petition to the Holy See regarding the admission policy. I got the message. Please stop sending multiple copies and spamming my email box. One copy was sufficient to help me understand your petition and concerns.
From: Joe Sacerdo [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 5:45 PM
To: Reverend ___
Subject: Re: Stop sending copies
Your message was forwarded to me. The emails you’e receiving should be coming from individual Catholics who wish to communicate with the Holy See and to the members of the Boston Presbyteral Council who approved the Catholic Schools Admission Policy. You’re listed as a member of the Presbyteral Council. So, we are not “spamming” you–we have simply put a process in place whereby individual Catholics can communicate with the Presbyteral Council members. If a lot of Catholics are writing, it’s because a lot of Catholics are troubled by this policy.
If I’m not mistaken, none of the members of the Presbyteral Council raised any concern about the use of the Holy Father’s quote from a Catholic University address out of context at the beginning of the policy, which has the intended effect of deceiving readers into believing the Holy Father approves of such a policy. As I’m sure you know, Pope Benedict’s statement was that he hoped financial means would not limit access for all children to a Catholic education. Are you OK with this? When a gay or lesbian couple becomes chair of a fund-raising or parent committee, how exactly will the school avoid implicitly or explicitly giving recognition to the validity of their relationship? When a five-year-old asks their parents why Johnny has two daddies, how does this avoid corrupting the innocence of the young mind of that child? That the members of the council approved this policy without regard for such important issues is the reason why faithful Catholics want to communicate with members of the Presbyteral Council. Is there some other process for how individual Catholics should communicate directly with the Presbyteral Council members?
Based on your request, we can have your name removed from the distribution list on the petition, and I’ll submit a request that be done. I would be most interested in understanding through what means faithful Catholics can communicate directly with the leadership of this archdiocese and with the Presbyteral Council. It’s not through the Cardinal’s office. It’s not through the Vicar General’s office. It’s not through the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, as an email I just received suggests that organization is corrupted.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
We did get a response, and we replied back, outlining the extent of the lies and deception in the policy. Then the interaction stopped. We’ll share the second round of responses next time. After yet more of the lies and deception are exposed, we’re thinking we may need to embark on another round of the campaign.