HISTORIC FIRST FOR BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE / LESBIAN ACTIVIST WAS THE GRADUATION SPEAKER AT A CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
In a historic first for the Archdiocese of Boston, headed by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, an out, partnered, civilly “married,” cross dressing lesbian activist—who identifies herself as a “big ol’ dyke”—was the graduation speaker at a Catholic high school.
Fontbonne Academy in the Town of Milton, located just south of Boston in Norfolk County, is an elite Catholic college preparatory school for girls, founded and administered by the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston.
On May 25th, the school hosted Andi Lyons, a professor of theatrical design and technology at the State University of New York at Albany, as its graduation speaker. Lyons is a 1973 graduate of Fontbonne.
Unsurprisingly, Lyons catechized graduates with homosexualist ideology, telling the students that moral disapproval of same sex relations—based on Scriptural and natural law principles—is “hate” incited because of “who you love.”
Lyons is a supporter of the National LGBTQ Task Force, an organization which promotes marriage deformity and gender dysphoria, celebrates blasphemous, homoerotic art, and has a long history of denouncing the Catholic Church for its defense of Christian morality.
The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston is a declining, dissident, and largely geriatric religious order long known for its rejectionist views of Catholic moral teaching.
In 2014, the Sisters gave an award to Massachusetts State Representative Brian Honan (D-Boston), who was, at the time, listed as a “Champion” of so-called reproductive rights by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund.
Regis College in Weston, administered by the Sisters, had, for many years, another abortion advocate, former Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Murphy, on its Board of Trustees.
Fundraising events for the College and the Congregation have featured such pro-abortion public figures as Bay State Governor Charlie Baker, State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, former Lieutenant Governor Thomas P. O’Neill III and billionaire Obama/Biden bundler Jack Connors.
In 2022, the Sisters invited the pro-abortion Biden CDC chief, Doctor Rochelle Walensky, to give a video address to Regis graduates.
In the 2004 document, Catholics in Political Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated:
“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.”
The Catholic Action League called the decision by Fontbonne to provide a platform for Lyons to propagandize a captive audience of Catholic school students on graduation day “a public, scandalous and contumacious act of apostacy, intended to signal the Sisters’ repudiation of Divine and natural law, of Catholic moral teaching and of the beliefs of their own founders.”
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “It is now unmistakably clear that Fontbonne Academy, and it parent religious order, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, are no longer, in any meaningful sense of the term, Catholic or Christian institutions.”
“They have surrendered to the spirit of the times, submitted to secular values and conformed to the dominant culture. They have betrayed the Faith, rejected the Word of God, and abandoned their identity as Catholics.”
“Fontbonne and the Sisters have done this secure in the knowledge that the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, will do, absolutely, nothing about this, as he did nothing about Catholic Memorial School honoring then Labor Secretary Marty Walsh in 2022, and Boston College honoring then Secretary of State John Kerry in 2014.”
“One of the evasive misdirections resorted to by Cardinal O’Malley’s bureaucrats is the cynical suggestion that Catholic schools operated by religious orders, rather than the archdiocese, are not his responsibility. That is false.”
“As recently as 2022, Pope Francis issued an instruction directing bishops to exercise the right of vigilance and the right of visitation over Catholic schools in their dioceses.”
“The document went on to say that a bishop must ‘intervene whenever he deems it appropriate, and must do so whenever there are serious transgressions of the Catholic identity of a school located in his diocese,’ even in schools ‘founded or directed’ by religious orders.”
“In Rome, Cardinal O’Malley chairs the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. One might ask, quite reasonably, how can he carry out this grave responsibility, if he cannot protect young people in his own archdiocese from spiritual predators who would imperil their immortal souls?”