CATHOLIC ACTION LEAGUE
from our PRINTED MAY 1, 2021 EDITION
More Catholics Applaud Pro-Abortion Marty Walsh
Two more leading Catholic institutions in Boston have joined the quisling chorus of praise for U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, an abortion extremist who is an opponent of religious freedom rights. Jesuit administered Boston College has published an adulatory profile of Walsh on the university website, entitled “Mr. Walsh goes to Washington.”
Walsh received his undergraduate degree from the university’s Woods College of Advancing Studies while serving as a Massachusetts state representative. His 2014 inauguration as mayor of Boston was held at BC’s Conte Forum. Later that year, Boston College honored Walsh with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
The celebratory article, prepared by the BC Communications Office, quotes Walsh for his support for “LGBTQ Americans.” In it, Woods College Dean Karen Muncaster lauds Walsh, asserting that “Secretary Walsh embodies the passion and determination that are central to the mission of Woods College. We are proud to have such a distinguished public servant among our graduates, and one who so exemplifies the ideals of BC’s Jesuit mission of service to others.”
Walsh’s Cabinet appointment was also acclaimed by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston. In a message on its website, entitled “Thank You Mayor Walsh,” the agency said “Congratulations Marty Walsh on your confirmation as our nation’s Secretary of Labor. We will miss you and are grateful for your partnership and support of Catholic Charities of Boston. We look forward to watching you continue your great work for the American people just as you’ve served the people of Boston.”
The board of trustees of Catholic Charities—officially, the Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston—includes the Most Reverend Peter J. Uglietto, auxiliary bishop and vicar general of the Archdiocese, and the Reverend J. Bryan Hehir, Archdiocesan cabinet secretary for Health and Social Services.
On March 28th, three other prominent Catholic institutions in Boston, Saint Anthony’s Shrine, Boston College High School, and Catholic Memorial High School, extolled Walsh in a special supplement to The Boston Sunday Globe.
Catholic Memorial President Peter Folan called Walsh an “incredible role model for our students.”
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “All of these scandalous plaudits for the pro-abortion Walsh violate the explicit prohibitions of the 2004 directive of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholics in Political Life, which states ‘The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.’”
“In their obsequiousness towards Marty Walsh, however, Catholic institutions in the city are merely following the example of Boston’s Archbishop, Cardinal Sean O’Malley. In January of 2014, O’Malley gave the invocation at Walsh’s inauguration. In October 2014, the Missionary Society of Saint James the Apostle, whose president is O’Malley, conferred the “Cardinal Cushing Award for Excellence in Service to Humanity” on Mayor Walsh.”
“At the time of this award to Walsh—a supporter of abortion and contraception—Cardinal O’Malley was the chairman of the Pro-Life Activities Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.”
“On April 19, 2016 the Laboure Center—administered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston—held its Spring Reception with Cardinal O’Malley. The Honorary co-chairpersons of the event were Mayor Walsh and his partner Lorrie Higgins. This came less than two months after Walsh received the Men for Choice Award from NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. NARAL cited Walsh for his opposition to pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in Boston.”
“These episodes are not anomalies. Cardinal O’Malley has a long history of inviting Marty Walsh and other abortion proponents to Catholic events and venues, where they are given platforms to speak to Catholics. Just last month, the Cardinal brought two Planned Parenthood allies, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, to Saint Mary’s School in Lynn.”
“For some time now, Boston’s Vichyite Catholic establishment has been fully invested in collaborating with what Pope John Paul II called the Culture of Death. Those in the Massachusetts pro-life movement, who are accustomed to act with deference towards the leadership of the Archdiocese of Boston, must ask themselves how much longer they are willing to be the enablers of their own betrayal.” ♦