After several email exchanges with Terry Donilon (Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s increasingly volatile spokesman and communications secretary)–and seeing several other ones with other Catholics–many of us have concluded there’s no other choice but asking the Vatican to intervene in this mess.
Terry sent along a link to a National Catholic Reporter blog post that was critical of me and our “band of crazy culture warriors” though the writer agreed with our complaints about the Gay Pride Mass.
Pride, you may recall, is one of the seven deadly sins and gay pride festivals do tend to invite some pretty outrageous behavior. A dear gay friend in Washington used to call that city’s gay pride festival “Gay Shame Day” on account of the over-the-top, often exhibitionist behavior. So, it is understandable that Cardinal O’Malley asked the pastor at St. Cecilia’s to postpone the “Mass of Welcoming” for gays, lesbians and their friends and families to another suitable date. This sensible solution perfectly addressed the situation, guaranteeing that the Church was not seen as “endorsing” a social or political agenda alien to it.
The problem is that postponing the previous Mass promoted to celebrate Gay Pride didn’t “perfectly address the situation”–it merely moved the scandal over St. Cecilia’s plan to celebrate Gay Pride and failing to teach the truth about the path to holiness, virtue, and salvation to gays and lesbians back by a few weeks. Two follow-up comments on that NCR blog need to be read by Cardinal O’Malley, Terry Donilon, Bishop Robert Hennessey, and Fr. Unni:
As one of the gay catholics
Submitted by Rod on Jun. 25, 2011.
As one of the gay catholics refered to in the above posting, I can tell you I certainly have agonized and am agonizing over how to reconcile the Church’s teachings with my life.
I have come to the conclusion that Our Lord knows best and not me. I have also allowed Our Lord to lead me, and if that means a celibate romanceless life, that is what is best for me.
The problem here isn’t one of loneliness or lack of a partner, it is a lack of faith in allowing Our Lord to guide and change you.
Gays like all people need to allow Our Lord to act in their lives, and they need to have the humility to accept their cross.
Our Lord himself had no romance and no sexual life, millions of people have neither of these things and yet they live full lives, often for the benefit of others.
Why can’t gays accept this cross? Probably because when it is all distilled, the reality is not one of two lovers for life, but of a sexual addiction.
From my experience, I know what the reality of gay life is like — and I thank Our Lord for trying to get me out of it.
Being a faithful Catholic is the real liberation.
So can we assume the homilies at this Mass will be warning the audience that homosexual activity is a mortal sin? Will they be told that they are putting their immortal souls at risk? Are all of the attendees at this there to sign up for the Courage program to help resist their same sex attractions. I didn’t think so.
Can we look forward in the future to a Mass of Welcoming for adulterers, practictioners of incest, pedophiles, or polygamists? Don’t we want to welcome those people too? Anyone who thinks this Mass is about anything other than an endorsement of the homosexual lifestyle and sinful homosexual activity is lying.
Since Terry Donilon and the archdiocese have repeatedly refused to answer these questions, we’re putting them out one last time before we take this to Rome.
- Do you agree St. Cecilia’s has featured speakers at the parish who promoted gay marriage, in direct opposition to the Church’s teaching on marriage?
Hint: see this post: https://bryanhehirexposed.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/pro-gay-marriage-speakers-at-boston-catholic-church/
- Do you agree that a Catholic church putting forward speakers who promoted gay marriage is wrong and confusing to the flock and leads them away from salvation and a life of virtue and holiness consistent with the Word of God?
- Do you agree that it’s legitimate for people to complain about a Catholic church putting forward such speakers since they lead gays and lesbians away from a life of virtue and holiness?
- Do you agree with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that all support should be withdrawn from any organizations which seek to undermine the teaching of the Church, which are ambiguous about it, or which neglect it entirely? Do you agree with the CDF that permission to use Church property, though it may seem only just and charitable; in reality is contradictory to the purpose for which these institutions were founded, it is misleading and often scandalous? What is the archdiocese doing about this?
- Do you think it’s suggestive of failed teachings at St. Cecilia’s that a leader of their gay ministry publicly equated a Mass for shut-ins and invalids as being equivalent to a Mass celebrating Gay Pride? What’s the archdiocese doing about the failed teachings at St. Cecilia’s that contribute to this misunderstanding of the purpose of the Holy sacrifice of the Mass?
- What is the archdiocese doing about the matter of the Rainbow Ministry and vice chairman of the parish council encouraging youth confused about their sexuality to “come out” as gay or lesbian in order to get “new energy and life”? Why is there no mention of turning to Jesus Christ, of Catholic church teachings that abstinence and chastity are the route to holiness consistent with God’s plan, and no mention of prayer or any form of spiritual, psychological or family counseling? Is advising youth to just “come out” as gay or lesbian and you’ll get “new energy and life” condoned and supported by the Archbishop of Boston? If not, then what’s being done about this?
- Why hasn’t anyone from the archdiocese talked to St. Cecilia’s Rainbow Ministry, disbanded it and/or intervened at St. Cecilia’s to make certain church teachings are clearly articulated, published in their bulletin and preached from the pulpit on how to live a life of virtue? Catholics have documented in black and white where St. Cecilia’s is straying from the truth and merely wants to lead people in the right direction to salvation. Why is the Archdiocese of Boston doing nothing, still pretending the problem doesn’t exist and rather than acting on the problem, instead criticizing bloggers and other Catholics for raising these concerns?
- Why did St. Cecilia’s promote a Mass to “celebrate” and “commemorate” Boston (Gay) Pride and plan it months in advance–with Fr. Unni telling them he’s not sure what will happen–if, according to the archdiocese’s claims, they didn’t intend to celebrate and commemorate Boston (Gay) Pride? If it wasn’t Gay Pride they were celebrating and commemorating with the Mass promoted specifically to celebrate and commemorate Gay Pride, what exactly was it they intended to celebrate and commemorate?
- Why is the July 10 Mass being promoted by the archdiocese as “welcoming the wider community of the faithful, including gays and lesbians,” when all Masses are always welcoming to everyone, regardless of their sins? Will Cardinal O’Malley be the celebrant and homilist at the July 10 rescheduled Mass for gays and lesbians, and will he preach and teach that homosexual activity is a mortal sin and puts the immortal souls of those who engage in it at risk, with Bishop Hennessey and Fr. Unni present to hear this message? If not, why not, and will whomever is the homilist preach and teach this? Will Courage ministry be publicly promoted with materials readily available?
- Does Cardinal O’Malley intend to enforce Canon 915 during the upcoming “Mass of Welcome” at St. Cecila’s and deny reception of the Blessed Sacrament to Mayor Tom Menino and the other pro-abortion/pro-homosexual marriage Catholic politicians who will be in attendance? (Canon 915 states that “those who obstinately perserve in manifest grave sin shall not be admitted to Holy Communion”)
In a LifeSiteNews interview, Terry Donilon publicly slammed those of us trying to defend Church teachings and ensure those with same-sex attractions are led to a path of virtue, holiness and salvation as being “about hurting, defaming, denegrating people, and speaking mistruths, and manipulating words and positions of the cardinal and archdiocese. I think they’re malicious.” I think Terry is being malicious HE is the one speaking mistruths.
Terry Donilon and Bishop Hennessey won’t respond to me, Judie Brown at the American Life League, RealCatholicTV, and others who have asked him various versions of the questions above, but maybe they’ll respond to you. Here are their email addresses and phone numbers:
Terry’s office phone: 617-746-5775
Bishop Hennessey’s phone: 617-269-4001
Try forwarding this blog post to both of them by hitting (“Share this”) below and ask them for the answers to the questions. Give Terry or Bishop Hennessey a call. If Terry Donilon asks you what you’ve done to evangelize today, ask him what HE has done to evangelize the truths of Catholic teachings on sexual morality to the Rainbow Ministry today. If Bishop Hennessey says he’ll be “looking into this,” ask him for a date when he’ll have answers.
Assuming the archdiocese still refuses to answer these questions, we’ll be back next time with instructions on how to take this scandal to Rome.