Catholic Action League Criticizes Cdl. O’Malley for Attending Kennedy Gala Honoring Obama

“The whole world can see the fawning servility of the American Catholic hierarchy to wealth, celebrity and political power”

[Joe Doyle’s Catholic Action League NOT Bill Donohue’s Catholic League, which gives a pass for His Eminence and in turn gets an endorsement from him:]

“The Catholic League has done much to ensure that the Church’s positions are presented clearly and fairly. Too often those who do not understand the Church or Her teachings are the interpreters of the doctrines and events in the life of the Church. The work of the League is important in the mission of the Church which must teach the hard truths of the Gospel in season and out of season.” — Seán Cardinal O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Boston

by Church Militant • May 8, 2017

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley for attending last night’s ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, where former U. S. President Barack Obama was honored with the 2017 Profile in Courage Award. The award, created by the Kennedy family, is conferred by the Kennedy Library Foundation.

As a presidential candidate in 2008, and as an incumbent president seeking re-election in 2012, Barack Obama was endorsed by both the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America. As a United States Senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008, Obama received a 100-percent rating from both organizations. In an April 2013 speech, President Obama asked God to bless Planned Parenthood. In the closing days of his administration, he signed an executive order prohibiting states from defunding Planned Parenthood.

As an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004, he received a 100-percent rating from Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. While a member of the Illinois Legislature, Obama opposed born alive legislation, which would have guaranteed medical care to children who survived abortions.

Mr. Obama also received perfect ratings from such supporters of abortion, contraception and population control as the National
Organization for Women (NOW), the Population Connection, the Population Institute, and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.

In a regulatory mandate issued by the Obama Administration’s U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to enforce the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 — known as Obamacare — all employers, including religious institutions, were required to subsidize sterilizations and birth control drugs and devices, including abortifacients, as part of their employee group health insurance coverage. This forced one order of Catholic nuns to file a lawsuit against the Obama Administration (Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell) to protect their religious freedom rights.

Former President Obama, who acknowledged Cdl. O’Malley’s presence in his acceptance speech, went on to describe congressional support for his Affordable Care Act as a profile in courage.

The Catholic Action League characterized Cdl. O’Malley’s attendance at the event as an “appalling betrayal of the pro-life movement, of the innocent unborn, and of those Catholics and other Christians struggling to defend First Amendment guarantees of religious liberty.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment:

Barack Obama was, by any objective indicator, the most pro-abortion president in the history of this country, at least, since abortion became a public issue in the 1960s. He was also, arguably, the president most hostile to the protections found in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights guaranteeing religious freedom.

Catholic prelates ought to avoid giving scandal, and, at all times, ought to bear witness to the truth. Sean O’Malley did neither last night. The message O’Malley sends by his attendance at this celebration of Barack Obama is that support for the mass killing of pre-born children, and attacks on the conscience rights of Christians, are morally respectable, are no obstacle to public honors, and, implicitly, are no barrier to the votes and campaign contributions of Catholics.

No rational person can reasonably be expected to take seriously Catholic opposition to abortion when the former Chairman of the Pro-Life Activities Committee of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is photographed smiling at an event hailing Planned Parenthood’s favorite president. Once again, Catholic principles are cast aside, and the whole world can see the fawning servility of the American Catholic hierarchy to wealth, celebrity and political power.

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  1. What a disgrace! Why would someone claiming to be a Catholic priest (and bishop) participate in a ceremony enabling and honoring a socialist pro-abortion maniac and anti-Catholic bigot who subjected the Little Sisters of the Poor to harassment and deprivation of their rights to freedom of religion? Why does the Church still allow liberal fruitcakes to impersonate Catholic bishops who enable pro-abortion politicians in disgraceful and shameless public scandal like this? WHY??? If this Cardinal does not see the problem with enabling pro-abortion politicians he lacks the sanity, common sense, and mental functions necessary to serve in ministry as a Catholic priest.

    • Another humble and simple churchman (similar to FrankenPope) as evidenced not only by his name, Cardinal Sean, but also by wearing a Franciscan habit rather than the robes of a cardinal. Also similar to his New York City counterpart, Tiny Cardinal Tim, who has no problem schmoozing with pro-abort pols regardless of party, Cardinal Sean loves to do the same with the likes of Boston Democrat Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker.

  2. A Profile in Courage for the ex-Prez [but one in cowardice for the Cardinal]

    By Phil Lawler | May 08, 2017

    A smiling Cardinal Sean O’Malley was on hand at the JFK Library last night, as former President Barack Obama was presented with the Profile in Courage award for his work on health-care reform.

    In his acceptance speech Obama mentioned how wonderful it was to see Cardinal O’Malley there. He didn’t mention the Little Sisters of the Poor. Maybe they hadn’t been invited.

  3. This is a scandal of the heresy of Americanist modernism. The Cardinal of Boston is clearly not a sincere, believing Catholic who takes the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of life seriously. The anti-Catholic Communist who was the recipient of this decadent award was and is a rabid and fanatical promoter of abortion and Malthusian population control, actually signing an executive order to fund abortion all over the world, especially in Third World countries, with U.S. tax dollars. Before he was installed as president he had voted to deny medical care for infants born alive in botched abortions. This Satanic individual was clearly in need of an exorcism, not enabling by a liberal fruitcake modernist Cardinal pretending to be a Catholic priest. What’s wrong with the archdiocese of Boston? It starts at the top. When modernist bishops do not recognize and rebuke evil right in front of them, what good are they?

  4. “a liberal fruitcake modernist Cardinal pretending to be a Catholic priest” says it all. The Archdiocese of Boston was attacked by the Devil and there is no doubt that. Satan went right to the top, the cardinals and bishops who were supposed to be shepherding the flock. And, he also went to the so-called Catholic politicians like James Michael Curley, the Kennedys and others with an Irish-Catholic background who were stupid enough to fall under his spell. It’s the old story – attack the Shepherd and the sheep will scatter. And boy did they scatter – to every fruitcake denomination and group in existence. Some even became atheists and agnostics who infiltrated formerly Catholic colleges and universities. This is what we have left in the Archdiocese of Boston – a total disgrace.

    • C. J(oseph) Doyle of the Catholic Action League (quoted in the above post) would take exception to including James Michael Curley among those “so-called Catholic politicians who were stupid enough to fall under his [the Devil’s] spell. Just the opposite: Mr. Doyle includes Boston Mayor Curley in a short list of outstanding Catholic politicians in Massachusetts history in a 2015 Catholic Action League report on, in effect, the Devil’s influence on Massachusetts Catholic legislators serving Planned Parenthood:

      “Massachusetts once produced the most outstanding examples of Catholic loyalty in American public life — men and women like Governor Edward J. King, Congresswoman Louise Day Hicks, U. S. House Speaker John W. McCormack, and Mayor James Michael Curley” [complete text below].

      Also each year on the anniversary of Mayor Curley’s death (November 15th during All Souls’ month), the Catholic Action League sponsors a rosary for him and the League’s deceased members at the Curley gravesite in the Old Calvary Cemetery in the Roslindale section of Boston.


      Amid the gruesome revelations of the ghoulish practices by Planned Parenthood — the country’s worst perpetrator of abortions — came the news that the local political arm of this organized crime network, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, keeps a list of “Champions” and “Allies” who serve the interests of the abortion industry in the Massachusetts General Court.

      In the first part of our analysis, released on July 21st, the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts exposed and documented the fact that 91% of self-identified Catholics in the Massachusetts Senate were listed as either “Champions” or “Allies” of Planned Parenthood. The few members of the Senate who supported the right to life were, by a four to one margin, Protestant.

      This second part of our analysis will focus on the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The numbers here are not as extreme as those in the upper chamber, but still constitute a grave scandal.

      Since 1979, the Massachusetts House has had 160 members. As of August, 2015, there are no vacancies. Of these 160 legislators, ninety-four, or nearly 59%, are Catholics. Of these ninety-four Catholic members of the House of Representatives, fifty-two, or 55%, are designated by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts as either “Champions” or “Allies.”

      * * *


      The numbers merit some elaboration.
      (1) The findings are uniformly negative in all categories. Only 30% of Catholic members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives are opponents of Planned Parenthood.

      Of the thirty members of the House who have received degrees from Catholic institutions of higher education, twenty-one, or 70%, support Planned Parenthood. Of the fifteen members who received a Jesuit education — Boston College High School, Boston College, the College of the Holy Cross, Boston College Law School, and Georgetown University Law School — twelve, or 80%, are supporters of Planned Parenthood. The only Triple Eagle and the only Double Eagle in the House are supporters of Planned Parenthood.

      Of the twenty-two members who graduated from Catholic elementary or secondary schools, only five, or 22%, are opponents of Planned Parenthood. Of the eleven House members who can be identified as members of the Knights of Columbus, only three — 27% — are opponents of Planned Parenthood. The only House member who can be identified as belonging to the Ancient Order of Hibernians is a supporter of Planned Parenthood.

      There is no apparent distinction here between nominal and practicing Catholics. If you received a Catholic education, belong to a Catholic fraternal order, and identify with your local parish, you are, if you belong to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, statistically likely to be a supporter of Planned Parenthood. In fact, Catholic school, college, or university graduates in the House are, by a significant margin, more likely to support Planned Parenthood than Catholic House members who attended public or private institutions.

      (2) Given that polling data about religious affiliation in America reveals that one-third of American Catholics have left the Church, and that one in ten Americans now identify themselves as ex-Catholics, the number of House members baptized as Catholics who support Planned Parenthood is probably higher than that which this study details.

      (3) One must guard against overstating the Catholicity of those Catholic House members identified as opponents of Planned Parenthood. The designation “Opponent” is not an indicator of either integral Catholic loyalty or complete pro-life fidelity. Some, like Rep. John Rogers, support the deformity of marriage and the re-definition of the family. Others have voted subsidies for a biotechnology industry which engages in embryonic stem cell research. One Catholic opponent, Rep. Angelo Puppolo, lists his membership in the Meadows Masonic Lodge, while another Catholic opponent, Rep. Nick Collins, voted in 2014 for punitive buffer zone legislation which would impose draconian civil and criminal penalties on pro-life sidewalk counselors.

      The Planned Parenthood list only tells us who the most egregious offenders are. It does not identify the Catholic resistance, which, in the Massachusetts Legislature, is negligible.


      Any parish, any archdiocese, any Catholic community where someone can transition from being a parochial school principal to a legislative ally of Planned Parenthood may be rightly judged to be radically dysfunctional. The example of Rep. Steven Ultrino is more scandalous only, of course, by degree.

      Only three American states in modern times — Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut — have had Catholic majorities. (Only Rhode Island retains a Catholic majority in 2015.) In 1935, a single sentence in the daily press from William, Cardinal O’Connell, the Archbishop of Boston, caused more than one hundred legislators to reverse their position overnight on the issue of legalized gambling. In 1966, when O’Connell’s successor, Richard, Cardinal Cushing struck a deal with Planned Parenthood to legalize contraception in the Commonwealth, dozens of Catholic legislators ignored their archbishop and voted to uphold the law against birth control.

      Massachusetts once produced the most outstanding examples of Catholic loyalty in American public life — men and women like Governor Edward J. King, Congresswoman Louise Day Hicks, U. S. House Speaker John W. McCormack, and Mayor James Michael Curley.

      Now, the Catholic position in Massachusetts politics resembles that which Catholics endured in Third Republic France, Savoyard Italy, and PRI Mexico, where apostates, formal or de facto, acquire office and power by opposing the Faith, while faithful Catholics are effectively excluded from elective office.

      One significant factor is the generational difference. An earlier generation of Catholic legislators who supported the right to life and traditional morality, like the late Michael Paul Feeney, Jim Craven, and Charles Doyle (no relation to this writer), were pre-conciliar in their formation. The self identified Catholics who vote for Planned Parenthood and Mass Equality today are products of the post-conciliar Church.

      The pre-conciliar church was far from perfect. Indeed, the rapidity with which the revolution took hold fifty years ago suggests an advanced state of corrosion. Moreover, this was exacerbated by the accomodationist tradition, assimilationist ethic, and history of cultural conformity which has characterized the Catholic experience in America. None the less, the political effect of post-conciliar Catholicism in Massachusetts has not been merely problematic. It has been catastrophic.


      Ever since Roe v. Wade, our bishops have said that they do not wish to excommunicate anyone, or even withhold Holy Communion from public officials who promote the mass killing of the pre-born. As they have repeatedly told us, they prefer, instead, to use persuasion. The problem with that argument is that absolutely no one has been persuaded. In the last four decades, not a single pro-abortion Catholic politician in Massachusetts has converted to the pro-life cause.

      The number of Catholic political defectors from the pro-life to the pro-abortion side is too extensive to accurately recount, but includes, most prominently, U. S. Senator Edward Markey, the late U. S. Senator Edward Kennedy, Congressman Richard Neal, Congressman Stephen Lynch, former Congressmen William Delahunt and Brian Donnelly, former state treasurer Joe Malone, State Senator Brian Joyce, former state senators Robert Ambler and Marian Walsh, and Boston City Councilor Stephen Murphy.

      All the movement has been in one direction. For nearly two decades after Roe, the Massachusetts House had a pro-life majority. In 1978, the first Doyle/Flynn Amendment (named after Representatives Charles R. Doyle and Raymond L. Flynn) was passed by both chambers, prohibiting the public funding of abortion. Now, 95 out of 160 House members support Planned Parenthood.

      One supposes, humanly speaking, that it is impossible, short of a miraculous infusion of grace, for our bishops to look at themselves in the mirror and admit that their leadership, or lack thereof, in this matter has been an abject failure. Perhaps, the reform of the Church will come with a new generation of prelates who are not so invested in the errors, novelties, and fashions of the 1960s.

      Meanwhile, our bishops, who have repeatedly refused to effectively address the issue of Catholic politicians who support Planned Parenthood, might remember the admonition which Pope Pius XI included in his profoundly pro-life encyclical Casti Connubii:

      “And if the public magistrates not only do not defend them [children in the womb], but by their laws and ordinances betray them to death at the hands of doctors or of others, let them remember that God is the Judge and Avenger of innocent blood which cried from earth to Heaven.”

  5. Thanks, Tom, for posting this. I recommend it for all who call themselves Catholic in the Archdiocese of Boston and the state of Massachusetts.

    • [“For the record” (that is, as phaley recommends “for all who call themselves Catholic in the Archdiocese of Boston and the state of Massachusetts”): The first part of the Catholic Action League report on Massachusetts “Catholic” politicians beholden to Planned Parenthood)

      Catholic Legislators Serving Planned Parenthood: Naming Names, Pulling No Punches

      JUL 22, 2015

      The gruesome revelations that Planned Parenthood—America’s largest perpetrator of abortions—is now engaged in the hideously evil and horrifically ghoulish practice of harvesting for profit the body parts of the unborn children it murders on an industrial scale, ought to remind the Catholic community that this demonic entity thrives because of the financial support it receives from the taxpayers through the votes of our elected representatives. A recent article in the Boston Herald revealed that Planned Parenthood is now integral to the Democratic Party in Massachusetts, and that its political wing, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund, now keeps a list of so-called “Champions” who serve its lethal interests in public office.
      As a service to pro-life Catholics, the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts has decided to research and publish the names of the quislings who have betrayed the Faith of their Baptism to receive the commendations of this genocidal organization, which wages ceaseless war against the Author of Life. We will begin with Massachusetts State Senate. The findings are appalling.
      Of the 39 members of the Massachusetts Senate, (the death of pro-life Thomas Kennedy leaving a single vacancy in the forty member chamber), 22 identify themselves as Roman Catholic. Of these, 20, that is to say, 91%, are designated by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts as either a “Champion” or an “Ally.” Only one Catholic state senator, Michael Rush (D-Boston) is designated as an “Opponent,” while Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) is identified as “Mixed.”

      * * *

      Three observations are in order. First of all, these numbers constitute a massive institutional failure, particularly in our parishes and our Catholic schools, to form and grow Catholics. Secondly, most of these defections do not represent an ideological conversion. These wretched men and women burn incense to the Luciferian gods of Planned Parenthood because they wish to prolong their tawdry careers, and receive the paychecks, pensions and per diems that are the fruit of their apostasy. They have no principles, at least none that aren’t for sale, and the asking price is cheap.
      Finally, our hierarchy and clergy not only refuse to sanction these collaborators, but, in many cases, actually serve as their enablers. Our bishops tell us they do not wish to excommunicate anyone, and are unwilling even to enforce Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law, which enjoins that those “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to admitted to Holy Communion.” In the words of John Kerry, and Sean O’Malley, to do so would “politicize the Eucharist.” The sacrilegious reception of the Blessed Sacrament is, evidently, to be preferred.
      The problem however, is far more systemic. Not only do the legislators on the list above know that they will never suffer any ecclesiastical sanction, but they will confidently run for re-election every two years knowing that they will never hear a word of rebuke from a parish pulpit, read a critical article in a diocesan newspaper, or even watch a candid discussion of their record on a Catholic television station.
      If they serve on the board of directors, advisors, or trustees of a Catholic organization or institution, they will continue to do so. If they hold an academic or administrative position at a Catholic educational institution, they will continue to do so. If they serve at a Catholic parish as a lector, a CCD teacher, or an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, they will continue to do so.
      Catholic charitable organizations and religious orders will give them awards. Elite Catholic secondary schools will recognize them at fund raising dinners as successful alumnae. Catholic colleges and universities will bestow honorary degrees upon them, and invite them to deliver commencement addresses, while cardinals and bishops politely applaud.
      If they arrive at a parish function, they will be treated as an honored guest, and thanked for their condescension in appearing. If they cross Panned Parenthood or the homosexual lobby, they will be eviscerated. If they betray Our Lord or the Church He established, they will be praised and feted by nuns, priests, prelates, and Roman cardinals.
      The same prelates who would never be caught dead with real Catholics—like the ones who keep an early and faithful vigil in front of the abortuaries—smile at, fawn over and ingratiate themselves with these loathsome traitors in political office. Their Faustian bargain will not save them, however. It is the quislings who will lead the coming persecution.

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