This is just a quick follow-up to the last post about what you can do if you’re Fed up with the lackluster, confusing responses from the Archdiocese of Boston to the ongoing scandal of the “Rainbow Ministry” at St. Cecilia’s in Boston. Some people said they couldn’t get to the petition page, so we’re giving you the link via both the hyperlink (click here) and graphic.
Also, a reader pointed out that the wording on the petition could have improved, so we’re making a small change to that. The petition said Cardinal O’Malley and others had abdictated their responsibility to help lead Catholics to the Truth in their response to the ongoing scandal at St. Cecilia’s. That is still true and accurate. Though it could be said that Cardinal O’Malley published a statement and that the Pilot published a piece, the problems are that the statements from the archdiocese and Cardinal were confusing, conflicting, sometimes inaccurate, and even more importantly, the words on a piece of paper do nothing to address the ongoing problem of the flawed or inadequate teachings on sexual morality at St. Cecilia (and elsewhere for that matter).
For the many people who want to ensure the Catholic Church in Boston clearly articulates the teachings of the Church and leads people on the path to holiness and salvation, you can now easily ask the Vatican to intervene in this scandal. Here’s the revised letter below:
I am writing to request that the Congregation for Bishops and Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith intervene to address the scandal over the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender(GLBT) Ministry at St. Cecilia Church in Boston.
As you may know, St. Cecilia Church had planned and promoted a Mass to “celebrate” and “commemorate”Boston’s Gay Pride Month on June 19. The Mass was rescheduled to July 10, and withapproval of Cardinal O’Malley and the Archdiocese of Boston it is still beingpromoted as an “All Are Welcome” Mass to welcome the GLBT community. The Mass is reflective of an ongoing scandal at this Church and in Boston:
- This parish has an active “Rainbow Ministry” for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) Catholics. Their blog, whose history was recently deleted, has promoted a number of speakers and programs incompatible with Church teachings on sexual morality.
- Nothing about the Rainbow Ministry or ministry to homosexuals at St.Cecilia’s calls those with homosexual attractions to repentance, conversion and turning from sin, or chastity as essential to growing in holiness. Courage ministry is not present at the parish.
- In recent years, the parish–with knowledge of the pastor, Fr. John Unni–has promoted speakers on “gay marriage” who specifically worked to advance legalized “gay marriage” and opposed the Church’s teachings on marriage.
- Fr. Unni has called “hateful” those Catholics who opposed the original “Gay Pride” Mass. He preached in the presence of his regional bishop, Robert Hennessey, that he had no idea what the agenda of Gay Pride was, yet he had agreed to celebrate a Mass that was to commemorate Gay Pride.
- Senior leaders of the parish council and Rainbow Ministry have been quoted publicly saying they believe a Mass to celebrate Gay Pride is analogous to a Mass for elderly and shut-ins or a Mass held in prison. They have also been quoted saying that teens who think they might be gay should “come out” and get “new energy and life.”
The Boston bishops, instead of addressing the problems with the Rainbow Ministry and promotion of the gay agenda at St. Cecilia’s, are praising the pastor and parish while criticizing faithful Catholics.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, through his spokesman, Terry Donilon, reacted by saying Fr. Unni is an “outstanding pastor” who has the “full confidence” of the Cardinal and the parish is a “wonderful example of an exceptional parish.” At the same time, the archdiocese has expressed harsh criticism of Catholics who complained tha thomosexuals are being led astray at the church, saying criticism by faithful Catholics was “outrageous and disgraceful,” “malicious,” and was “about hurting, defaming, speaking mistruths.”
Beyond these problems, now the Catholic Mayor of Boston, Tom Menino, who has a strong record of support for gay marriage, Gay Pride, and abortion, has announced plans to attend the July 10 Mass. A number of individuals have asked Cardinal O’Malley if Menino will be denied communion consistent with Canon 915, and there has been no response.
Although Cardinal O’Malley has published certain statements that reinforce Catholic Church teachings in this area, other comments by him and his spokesman are ambiguous and conflicting, and send a mixed message. The reality of what is happening in Boston parishes and schools is often in conflict with Church teachings. In view of these ongoing concerns, it seems clear that CardinalO’Malley, Bishop Hennessey, and Fr. Unni have all abdicated their responsibility to help lead Catholics to the Truth in their handling of the ongoing scandal at St. Cecilia’s. The failure to teach the truths of ourfaith is putting the salvation of souls at risk.
I respectfully ask that you intervene in whatever way you feel appropriate to ensure that the Truths of Catholic Church teachings on sexual morality are taught at this parish and promulgated publicly throughout the Archdiocese of Boston. I also ask that you take whatever action necessary to ensure that those responsible for these problems are no longer in such positions of responsibilit yin the future. Finally, I ask that you add to the topics planned for the Archdiocese of Boston’s November ad limina visit, the abdication of leadership and failure of archdiocesan leaders to teach the truths of our faith.
Thank you for your assistance and urgent action on this grave matter.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
If you’re concerned that St. Cecilia’s is not leading people on the path to holiness and salvation and you’d like for the Vatican to intervene to address this scandal, click on the Fed Up button to the right or click here.
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