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It’s pretty bad in Boston. The Archdiocese of Boston, where “relativism” remains a household word, has flip-flopped yet again becoming the “John Kerry” of firm decision-making by now firmly backing a Catholic Mass to celebrate Gay Pride.

First the Archdiocese was allowing Mass for the purpose of celebrating and commemorating Gay Pride at St. Cecilia’s in Boston. Then they said it had to be cancelled, but there would be a Mass in the future to welcome the community, but not specifically gays and lesbians. Now, the “Mass marking gay pride is back on” with the full endorsement of the archdiocese.  This hit the Monday morning news after Catholic bloggers including us revealed how for years St. Cecilia’s has been sponsoring speakers who support gay marriage, in direct opposition to Catholic teachings.

Here’s the statement issued by the archdiocese on June 19:

June 19, 2011 – Archdiocese of Boston statement regarding prayer service at St. Cecilia Parish Boston

The Archdiocese of Boston is committed to evangelization and to being a welcoming Church for all of God’s people.  St. Cecilia’s is a wonderful example of the exceptional parishes in the Archdiocese which seek to serve the Catholic faithful with grace, dignity, respect, compassion and love and being devoted to the Gospel and Christ’s saving ministry.

The reports that the Mass, originally scheduled for  June 19th, was cancelled are not accurate.  Rather the Mass was postponed.  As indicated in the statement of the Archdiocese on June 10, a Mass welcoming the wider community of the faithful, including gays and lesbians, will be held. The Mass has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 10th at 11am.

We respect the desire of those individuals organizing and participating in the prayer service.  We know that the postponement of the June 19th Mass has been disappointing to them.  Our hope and prayer is that we can come together as one community of Catholics sharing in the Lord’s divine love for each of us.”

How can St. Cecilia’s be devoted to the Gospel and Christ’s saving ministry if they they’ve been promoting gay marriage for years?

Mass day in and day out is intended to commemorate Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Why is any Mass being hijacked to celebrate Gay Pride at all, let alone any category of sinners–adulterers, those engaging in pre-marital sex, liars, etc.?  Is the archdiocese that ill-informed about the purpose of Catholic Mass and Gay Pride that they still don’t understand this?

In case Terry Donilon, Bishop Hennessey, and Cardinal O’Malley missed it,the picture below and this blog post give examples of what Gay Pride is about:

In your face. During the Gay Pride Parade,   just about anywhere you looked there was something like this riding by in an   official float. [MassResistance photo]

Men dressed as twisted versions of nuns, calling   themselves “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgance,” marched in the Gay Pride Parade in   Boston to mock the Catholic Church.  [MassResistance   photo]

So, unless I’m mistaken, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Bishop Robert Hennessey, Terry Donilon, Fr. John Unni, and the leadership of the Archdiocese of Boston are saying that the previous Mass promoted to celebrate and commemorate Boston Pride Month and Gay Pride–that includes the agenda and values reflected in the Gay Pride parade–is now on for July 10 with their full approval. Has Cardinal O’Malley totally lost his marbles?

If the above is true, then every one of those people is showing they probably can’t serve the Catholic church in Boston any longer, and all have to go.

Was a Mass promoted to celebrate Boston Pride month in June not permissible, but a Mass celebrating Boston Gay Pride in July is OK?  The notoriously pro-abort, pro-gay Mayor Menino, who Bryan Hehir honored back in 2005 at at a Catholic Charities fundraiser, says he’ll attend. Let’s make sure Jarrett Barrios, Walter Cuenin, and Bob Bowers are there too. Maybe Cardinal O’Malley himself will celebrate the Mass.

The Mass every day welcomes everyone in the wider community. Why’s the regular 11am Sunday Mass now supposedly more welcoming than it normally already was?

What’s with the first statement that said the rescheduled welcoming Mass was going to welcome the wider community and “not specifically gays and lesbians” and now the new statement says they’re going welcome the wider community and specifically names “gays and lesbians”?

Where’s any call to rependence and conversion?

Calling out St. Cecilia’s as a “wonderful example of the exceptional parishes in the Archdiocese” is a huge slap in the face to every faithful pastor, every priest in this archdiocese and every Catholic who believes what the Church believes on marriage, sexual morality and even the purpose of Mass.

Can anyone confirm the archdiocese has an “ad limina” visit with the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI in the fall to review the state of the diocese? Me thinks this scandal needs to go on the agenda.  If something’s not done about this travesty and scandal in the next few days, I think we’re going to have to mount a national campaign to the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI asking for the resignation of Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Bishop Hennessey, Terry Donilon, Fr. Unni, and anyone else responsible for letting this happen.

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A press release was issued yesterday by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts calling for the removal of those responsible for the Gay Pride Mass at St. Cecilia’s in Boston, the unequivocal cancellation of the event by the archdiocese, and vigorous reaffirmation of Catholic teaching about the immorality of homosexual behavior.  Below you’ll find a copy of their release.




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The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today called up on the Archdiocese of Boston to remove those responsible for a planned “Pride Month” Mass at Boston’s Saint Cecilia’s Church, to unequivocally cancel the event, and to vigorously reaffirm Catholic teaching about the intrinsic immorality of homosexual behavior.

In the June 12th bulletin of Saint Cecilia’s Parish in Boston’s Back Bay, a notice announced that “The Rainbow Ministry of Saint Cecilia Parish invites all friends and supporters of the LGBT community to a Mass in celebration of Boston’s Pride Month. The liturgy will take place on Sunday evening, June 19, at six o’clock, with a reception following.” According to the bulletin, the liturgy would be celebrated by the pastor, Rev. John Unni.

In a confused and contradictory statement released yesterday, Terrence C. Donilon, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston, said: “The wording and placement of a bulletin notice announcing the St. Cecilia Rainbow Ministry will be joining the parish at a Mass on June 19 may have given the unintended impression that the Mass is in support of Gay Pride Week; it is not.” Donilon went on to say that there would be a mass in the future to welcome the community, but not specifically gays and lesbians. He also said that Father Unni “has the full confidence and support of the Cardinal and the Archdiocese”, and is “a great pastor.”

The Catholic Action League called Donilon’s statement “another example of doublespeak from an archdiocese more concerned with avoiding embarrassment than with correcting abuses.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle stated: “Cardinal Law and his Vicar General, Bishop William Murphy, cancelled these illicit masses in the 1990’s, which is why Dignity holds its services at local Episcopal churches. The posturing and feigned outrage emanating from homosexual groups over this episode is utterly disingenuous. They knew going into this that these Masses were prohibited. They were attempting to push the envelope. Apparently, they failed.”

“The Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope John Paul II, teaches that the homosexual orientation is “an objective disorder”, while homosexual behavior is “grave depravity.” The idea that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass could be exploited to celebrate pride — one of the seven deadly sins — in the mortal sin of impurity against nature, is a scandal and a sacrilege. The notion that the Mass is an opportunity to celebrate one’s sexuality identity is as offensive as it is obscene.”

“This episode is resonant of a depressingly familiar pattern when it comes to the Archdiocese of Boston under the episcopate of Sean, Cardinal O’Malley. Measures are taken against clerical dissent only when it rises to the level of a scandal, becomes a public relations liability, and threatens to gain the attention of authorities in Rome. Then, minimal action is taken to contain the story, without solving the problem, while the offenders responsible for the betrayal are left in place to betray again. No one should be surprised that the state with the second highest Catholic population in the Union has same gender marriage, given the compromised and conflicted attitude of the Archdiocese of Boston towards support for homosexuality in the ranks of its own clergy.”

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Once again, in the diocese where “relativism” is a household word, we’ve got a Boston Catholic parish hosting a Mass to celebrate “Gay Pride” with the full knowledge of the archdiocesan hierarchy.  The same parish’s “Rainbow Ministry” is also sponsoring a trip to see the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus and on the same page with those notices, they ask parishioners to support the retirement, medical and financial needs of the priests of the Archdiocese who have have given their lives to faithfully serve Christ.

The parish is St. Cecilia in Boston.  Here’s their latest bulletin, and the troubling notices:

Liturgy to commemorate Boston Pride 2011

The Rainbow Ministry of Saint Cecilia Parish invites all friends and supporters of the LGBT community to a Mass in celebration of Boston’s Pride Month. The liturgy will take place on Sunday evening, June 19, at six o’clock, with a reception following. The theme of the liturgy, “All Are Welcome,” honors Christ’s message of hope and salvation to all people. We will also celebrate the diverse community that finds its home at Saint Cecilia and acknowledge, in a special way, the generous and warm welcome extended to the members of the Jesuit Urban Center in 2007. The Mass will be celebrated by Father John Unni and concelebrated by several of the priests who faithfully ministered at the Jesuit Urban Center for many years. Please plan to attend this special liturgy and support the diversity that makes Saint Cecilia such a special place.

Here’s a link to the Boston Pride website.  This same notice was published in the bulletin at St. Ignatius in Newton. A reader via email said to us, “pastors of Roman Catholic Parishes promote the celebration of the Eucharist to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.  All of these lifestyles are condemned a simmoral by the Catholic Church.  Straightforward question:  Will the Archbishop remove these pastors?  If he does, good.  If he does not, we are at the end of the Catholic Church in Boston.

Then there’s this notice too, right next to the other listing in the St. Cecilia bulletin:

A June evening with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus

The Saint Cecilia Rainbow Ministry is purchasing a block of tickets for the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus concert to be held at John Hancock Hall on Thursday, June 9th at 8 p.m. The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community–based choruses. Now in its 29th season, the 175–voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship. The concert is a kickoff for Gay Pride weekend and is devoted to the music of the Beatles. The BGMC will deliver a fresh dose of fabulosity to The Fab Four in a concert highlighting nearly thirty of their best songs. Based on The Beatles original arrangements and five piece band, this multimedia show will blend 60’s nostalgia with their timeless spirit of social change, peace, love, and understanding. Our group is also planning to have dinner before the concert at Geoffrey’s Cafe at 142 Berkeley Street. For more information, or to reserve tickets, please contact Melon Regis–Civetta at (617) 584–5422 or nanniemelon@aol.com. All are welcome to join us for this fun night out.

Why is there a “Rainbow Ministry” to celebrate gay lesbian bisexual and transgender (GLBT) activity and behavior?  Where’s the chapter of “Courage” to help people with homosexual attractions live a life of chastity?

On the same page, at a level of roughly equal parity, the bulletin also has this notice:

Special Collections—Today and Next Week

This week’s second collection supports the retirement, medical and financial needs of the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. These priests have given their lives to faithfully serve Christ, the Church and the people of God. Your customary generosity is appreciated. Next week’s second collection supports the formation and training of seminarians in the Archdiocese of Boston. Please be generous in your support of these seminarians as they journey toward priestly ordination.

On the same page people are asked to support faithful priests and seminarians, they’re also invited to celebrate the gay/lesbian lifestyle. To paraphrase the late newspaper columnist Ann Landers, “It sounds like the pastor has some strudel in his noodle.” If Cardinal O’Malley allows this to proceed, we’ll have to assume the same holds for him too.  What’s next, NY Rep. Anthony Weiner  and Tiger Woods giving a talk at the church on the topic of marital fidelity?

If you’re as troubled by this as we are and you want to stop this atrocious scandal, call Cardinal O’Malley at 617-782-2544 today. Leave a message saying you want the Gay Pride Mass at St. Cecilia cancelled and their “Rainbow Ministry” disbanded and replaced by a chapter of “Courage.” The pastor should also be put on leave for supporting this and agreeing to preside at the Mass. If his regional bishop, Bishop Robert Hennessey, knew about this and allowed it, then he needs to be relieved of his duties as well.

A year ago almost to the day we posted about the problem of false compassion to homosexuals.  Here’s a little bit of what Cardinal Sean O’Malley said in a letter on Homosexuality in 2005, (before Fr. Bryan Hehir started handling everything related to faith and morals in the Archdiocese of Boston):

The extreme individualism of our age is undermining the common good and fractionalizing the community. We do not want Catholics who have a homosexual orientation to feel unwelcomed in the Catholic Church. We remind them that they are bound to us by their baptism and are called to live a life of holiness.

At the same time the Church must minister to all people by challenging them to obey God’s commands, the roadmap for a meaningful human life that allows us to draw near to God and to one another.

If we tell people that sex outside of marriage is not a sin, we are deceiving people. If they believe this untruth, a life of virtue becomes all but impossible. Jesus teaches that discipleship implies taking up the cross each day and following Him with love and courage.

It is never easy to deliver a message that calls people to make sacrifices or to do difficult things. Sometimes people want to punish the messenger. For this reason we priests at times find it difficult to articulate the Church’s teaching on sexual morality. It is important to express the moral teachings of the Church with clarity and fidelity. The Church must be Church. We must teach the truths of the Gospel in season and out of season. These recent times seem to us like it is “out of season”, but for that very reason it is even more urgent to teach the hard words of the Gospel today.

Calling people to embrace the cross of discipleship, to live the commandments and at the same time assuring them that we love them as brothers and sisters can be difficult. Sometimes we are told: “If you do not accept my behavior, you do not love me.” In reality we must communicate the exact opposite: “Because we love you, we cannot accept your behavior.”

Celebrating a “Gay Pride” Mass isn’t expressing the moral teachings of the Church with clarity and fidelity or telling people their behavior is unacceptable–it’s telling them their behavior is just fine. Take Action today by calling Cardinal O’Malley at 617-782-2544. Ask him to cancel the Gay Pride Mass at St. Cecilia along with their “Rainbow Ministry” and put the pastors of both parishes who promoted this event on leave.

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Fr. Bryan Hehir’s buddy, Jack Connors, Jr, is in the news yet again.  When last we gathered here to talk about Jack Connors, he was helping organize support to raise money for pro-abort VP Joe Biden.   Apparently, no one told Mr. Connors that was a no-no, so he’s one-upped himself and just raised $2M for an even more egregiously pro-abort and pro-gay politician, President Obama.  What do we hear from Cardinal O’Malley about this?  (Hint, think of the name of a Simon and Garfunkel song).  The sound of silence.

Even though Bryan Hehir hasn’t done much new lately to merit a post, Jack’s done enough that we think Bryan Hehir Exposed readers should take action and ask the Vatican to intervene.  Click here to sign the petition sponsored by Boston Catholic Insider asking the Papal Nuncio and Vatican to intervene and do something about the mess that Cardinal O’Malley’s allowed.

Over at Boston Catholic Insider, this post mentioned our good friend, Bryan Hehir, as one of the reasons behind Cardinal O’Malley’s failure to effectively defend life in recent years:

If indeed Sean Patrick is the “pastor” (think Latin) of his flock, he is called to consistently and frequently behave as if he believes that abortion stops a beating heart. He must publicly teach that the fragile women who seek abortions, and their children, not yet born, at risk of death, need everyone’s support. He needs to privately call out Jack Connors, and publicly ask him what he’s done lately to help the most vulnerable among us — women who can see no other solution than abortion, and their children who deserve life (and a good one at that). Are these not as worthy as those who receive face transplants, and “miracle” cancer cures at Jack Connors’ hospitals? Where’s the Partners Healthcare PR about supporting women at risk of abortion and their babies who need to breathe life?

But we need to change, too. We need to understand that the woman who is sufficiently desperate to seek an abortion will tell you that her primary “problem” is not that she is pregnant. It is homelessness, or violent physical abuse, or substance use, or some very real and desperate fear of the responsibility for this child, that takes her to an abortion provider. But once the abortion is over, the problems she took into the clinic with her remain. The only difference is that she isn’t pregnant. And she has a new problem… the day she eventually wakes up — and it is inevitable — and realizes that her child died. All in all, a messier conversation than, “Abortion is wrong.” Takes a lot more thought and work.

But Sean doesn’t want to do the work… to speak up. He doesn’t want to demand that his well-heeled friends support these women and their fragile, unborn children. Why? Because Bryan Hehir won’t LET him. Hehir will let him walk in the Boston Life Walk in October (though note Hehir, who oversees “Life” from his cabinet position, does not appear), and he will let him “march” in DC in January. But that’s about it. No point “offending” people and “marginalizing” himself by stirring up the conversation that Hehir proclaims (and I heard him say this) “will never be solved in our lifetime.” If that’s the most rigorous intellectual argument Hehir can raise for the cardinal’s cowering at a public discourse on alternatives to abortion, the Kennedy School of Government is not getting its money’s worth letting Hehir occupy an endowed chair.

To Bryan Hehir: Among problems that will not be solved in your (or my) lifetime: Homelessness, cancer, and not even baldness. But WE will be judged — not on some progress measured by the arbitrary yardstick of our lifetime — but by the quality and effectiveness of our efforts to provide another way for these women and their children.

Sean flunks the test because he demonstrates a consistent and longstanding pattern of mere lip service to an abortion conversation, and utterly fails to rally the likes of Jack Connors in the support of abortion alternatives in Boston. Why? He fails to act solely in deference to Bryan Hehir’s undue influence and insatiable addiction for political expediency. Sean doesn’t flunk merely by bowing down to Jack Connors, and failing to send him packing from the Finance Council. He fails utterly because he has a longstanding pattern of failing to act to find another way for these women and their children. FACTA NON VERBA, Sean. And that’s why you who read BCI should write to the nuncio.

Cardinal O’Malley flunks for caving in to Bryan Hehir. And Bryan Hehir flunks for his pattern of relativism and compromise. Seems he and Sean have  also not learned much from Hehir’s history of being wrong on just about every big issue he’s taken up for the past 40 years.  How much you want to bet that Bryan still thinks his position on nuclear disarmament was right, the Call to Action conference was a good thing, it was OK to honor the pro-abort, pro-gay Mayor Menino at that Catholic Charities fundraiser, and it was a good thing for Catholic Charities to broker adoptions and place young children with gay parents?  I betcha neither Sean or Bryan has ever mentioned the word ‘abortion” to Jack Connors.

Bryan Hehir will say, “We can’t fight abortion (or gay marriage) on Beacon Hill because it will alienate our allies.”  What allies?  All of the Catholic legislators vote against the Church on abortion and “gay marriage” anyway.

Bryan Hehir will say, “This is a complicated issue.”  Everything is complicated. As though no other mind can handle “complicated” issues” like abortion or “gay marriage” but his.

Bryan Hehir will say, “We live in a complex pluralistic society” and so we need to compromise. No–because of societal values, we need to hold even stronger to our beliefs, not compromise them.

Bryan Hehir or his like-minded colleagues will say, “We can’t fight ___ because if we lose on this issue, then it sets a precedent and we’ll probably then lose on this next one.”  So that means you don’t even try?

But for now,  Jack’s influence as one of the shadow archbishops in Boston needs to end.  Take Action today in the Stop the Scandal campaign and let the Vatican know what you think.

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