Boston Archdiocese Silent on Chick-fil-A Fracas

BCI is digging through the latest news about Boston Mayor Menino’s criticism of Chick-fil-A and as of this writing, no one can find any statement from the Boston Archdiocese about the recent Chick-fil-A fracas.

For those unfamiliar with the fracas, the fast-food chain wants to open a francise in Boston. Mayor Menino, who, coincidentally, considers himself “Catholic,”  got national attention after telling the Boston Herald that Chick-fil-A was unwelcome in Boston due to an executive’s criticism of same-sex marriage. “If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult,” Menino was quoted as saying. The mayor backtracked a little bit and later said he would not block licensing the chain, but amidst a national uproar over the situation, the silence by the Boston Archdiocese is concerning.

In case the archdiocese is at a loss for words, here are a few examples they might draw from:

Boston Globe Editorial: Menino shouldn’t block Chick-fil-A because of president’s views

The president of Chick-fil-A opposes gay marriage. While this view goes against the grain in a state that made history by embracing it, it’s no reason for Mayor Thomas M. Menino to oppose a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Boston.

The fast food chicken sandwich chain was reportedly looking at property near Faneuil Hall…Then company president Dan Cathy stirred national controversy when he said  that “we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.” In response, Menino told the Boston Herald, “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the City of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.”

But which part of the First Amendment does Menino not understand? A business owner’s political or religious beliefs should not be a test for the worthiness of his or her application for a business license.

Chick-fil-A must follow all state and city laws. If the restaurant chain denied service to gay patrons or refused to hire gay employees, Menino’s outrage would be fitting… But beyond the fact that Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays, the religious beliefs of the company’s top executive don’t appear to control its operations

…using the power of government to freeze the company out of a city sends a disturbing message to all businesses. If the mayor of a conservative town tried to keep out gay-friendly Starbucks or Apple, it would be an outrage.

Ironically, Menino is citing the specific location along the Freedom Trail as a reason to block Chick-fil-A. A city in which business owners must pass a political litmus test is the antithesis of what the Freedom Trail represents.

Boston Business Journal: Balking at mayor’s chicken stand

While the mayor’s support for policies of inclusion is admirable, his threat to deny a company the basic right to open a law-abiding business in a commercially zoned area was philosophically offensive and legally foolish.

As far as we can tell, no one has proven a pattern of Chick-fil-A discriminating against gay employees or prospective employees.

Michael Bloomberg fillets Tom Menino over stance

[New York City Mayor, Michael] Bloomberg, meanwhile, took to the airwaves in Gotham and said he’d welcome Chick-fil-A into Manhattan with open arms. The billionaire businessman-turned-New York mayor said Menino, along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, are wrong “to look at somebody’s political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city, or operate a business in the city.”

Even businessmen entitled to their beliefs

So here we have yet another striking example of how the love that once dared not speak its name now wants to slap a muzzle on anyone uttering a word of resistance to its agenda. And this is the crowd that pleaded for tolerance?

Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, became a lighting rod for their vilification when he let it be known his life was shaped by biblically founded beliefs, one of which held that marriage is an institution ordained by God, defined through the ages as the union of a man and a woman.

For that affront to political correctness, he’s been portrayed in this town as a small-minded bigot whose business may be allowed here, but certainly won’t be warmly received.

This is civic insanity and it’s spreading like a plague…

There are dozens of other outstanding editorials that put this in proper perspective.  In the midst of a national controversy, a voice of moral clarity from the local archdiocese giving support for the positions expressed by the president of Chick-fil-A seems appropriate. In these challenging times when Catholic Church and our moral views are under fierce attack, is it not appropriate for the Boston Archdiocese to make a statement saying a business owner’s religious beliefs should never be used as criteria to determine whether they can get a business license in Boston?  Where is the commentary on Cardinal Sean’s blog?   Hello!?  Hello!?

(ps. BCI has been on a blogging break to handle other responsibilities and also go on a much-needed retreat and vacation. We are still here and blogging, just on a reduced schedule)

31 Responses to Boston Archdiocese Silent on Chick-fil-A Fracas

  1. jbq2 says:

    Hello! Hello! You know the reason! In your “heart of hearts”, you definitely know the reason. The doctrine of social justice has replaced that of the crucifixion.

  2. Capt Crunch says:

    The silence is deafening…

  3. Please says:

    And had they commented, would we be saying it really doesn’t pertain to them. I disagree on many of their actions but this isn’t one.

  4. Tony says:

    It won’t be long before the Catholic Church is asked to leave Boston as well. When will our leaders realize that we are next?

  5. Boston Blackey says:

    Is there really something to be gained here by speaking up? The Church’s stand on gay marriage, even the Boston Archdiocese’s stand, is well known. In my opinion this is a no win situation for Cardinal Sean and his cronies. For the first time in a long time, I agree with with what they are not doing. Besides Chick-fil-a isn’t Mickey D or Dunkies.

    • David S. says:

      You say that the Archdiocese of Boston’s stand on homosexual marriage is well known. And I agree, it certainly is. The Archdiocese of Boston allows Masses to celebrate “Gay Pride” and allows pro-homosexual/pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians such as Mayor Tom Menino to receive Holy Communion in direct violation of Canon 915.

      • Michael says:

        You forgot, that the Archdiocese also surrendered when two same-sex “lovers” pushed the gay agenda into Catholic schools by lying to the Pastor of St. Paul’s in Hingham AND closed their eyes (and blocked their ears) to the gay agenda being forced upon the poor students of Sacred Heart “Katholic” school in Plymouth.

    • Michael says:

      Yes, there is something to be gained here. It is called “boldly proclaiming the truth.” See, what is to be gained is not determined by the news media or a public relations firm. What is to be gained is the saving of innocent and misled souls. Cardinal O’Malley has an absolute obligation to correct the “Katholic” mayor who is promoting scandal within the Archdiocese by making his foolish and superficial threats.

      I suggest Cardinal O’Malley pull out one of the oldies but goodies from his prior speeches. You know the one that makes him sound courageous. It would go something like: “We, the good Catholics of the Archdiocese, while respecting everyone’s right to do, think, and say anything, and to act in any way no matter the consequences, and no matter the apparent conflict with the Ten Suggestions, are to live out our baptismal vows, whether in season or out of season.”

      No matter how many times O’Malley uses it, hat “in season or out of season” phrase really just seems to pull at my heartstrings. And the delivery … oh the delivery is perfect almost every time. You would almost think he really means it.

  6. Capt Crunch says:

    Pope Benedict has chosen to speak out against the Gates Foundation and its world wide birth control initiative; details of which can be read here

    Our Pope sets a fine example here.

    “Please” Cardinal O’Malley follow the vicar of Christ’s example and take similar stand here in Boston on the Chik-Fil-A debacle. Unless, of course, you choose not to take a stance in favor of true marriage and family values. You know that Catholic stuff….

    Over and out…

  7. Carolyn says:

    Perusing the comments on under this story, I came across a comment that seemed worthy of consideration. It followed a comment where a poster suggested Menino receive the Profiles in Courage award for writing the letter. I am pasting the reply here:

    MorrisseyBlvd wrote:
    The mayor has not written this letter out of courage. He has written this letter, and publicized it, out of political expediency. So, no, he probably should not receive a Courage award.

    Massachusetts is like four states. Much of rural Massachusetts struggles with poverty, low-functioning schools and difficult access to healthcare. Boston metro styles itself the enlightened capital of the world, and gives itself the name, “Massachusetts.” Other towns and cities look more like Pennsylvania or Ohio’s rust belt (Springfield, Fall River) and still others sport a fourth demographic: “middle of the road.”

    Tom Menino needs to continually renew the relevance on his resume. He likely has spent too long in the office, and the city relies too heavily on his enormous web of departments and hat holders to make things work. He may learn at the next election (if people remember this letter) that he took a stand that would have put his career in jeopardy in any town 50 miles from Boston. Sending away a national business that does not discriminate against its customers, and has a strong model for taking good care of employees, would be anathema in New Bedford, Fall River, Springfield or even Worcester.

    It is never OK to discriminate… doesn’t matter whether its skin color, sexual orientation, religion, age, or any other protected class.

    But if a city is going to start issuing a litmus test for every corporation’s giving history and CEO’s opinions, you likely would need to ask a lot of Tom’s favorite businesses (read donors) to leave Boston.

    Customers will vote with their feet if a business’ support for a cause, or its business practice, upsets them… think sweatshops. As for the CEO’s opposition to same sex marriage, not buying their product (or buying it), would be the only vote the people of Massachusetts ever got on the subject.

  8. Carolyn says:

    End of quote!

  9. Carolyn says:

    A national day of support for the Chik-Fil-A CEO’s First Amendment protection has been declared. The idea is for everyone to eat at Chik-Fil-A on August 1. There are Chik-Fil-A restaurants in Burlington and Peabody.

  10. When is the Cardinal going to excommunicate Mayor Menino? It’s well known that this present Cardinal has supported the Gay Masses at St. Cecilia’s does not care about those who are orthodox. Just because he is the Mayor doesn’t mean he is exempt from being shown the door.

    For those who have seen my comments on this blog and my own blog, I have been praying vigorously that a new, traditionalist archbishop be appointed for Boston. If this happens then in all likely-hood Menino will be excommunicated ex cathedra.

  11. timothy canezaro says:

    Good point. I’ve even wondered why on a national level our bishops after rallying us to the growing threat against our religious libery and freedom of conscience the bishops and especially boston’s bishop is now silent when the very institution of man and woman in marriage having children and raising them has come under fire. These are the things cathy expressed and the attacks on family in the christian sense is now something to not be defended. Where are all our bishops. And why are they so silent?

  12. hopeful says:

    Did you read in…….this will be a city created in
    “his” vision.

  13. Alice Slattery says:

    Maybe Cardinal O’Malley will counter the assault on the true meaning of marriage by those who are trying to force us into believing that God created a third gender (1st-male,2nd-female, and 3rd-homosexual) and that God intended that members of this pretend 3rd gender of ‘homosexuals’ can perform sexual acts(mainly mutual masturbation) and call it “marriage”. The Cardinal could counter this assault by having The Pilot report on the talks that explain the teachings of the Catholic Church that were presented at the July 19-22nd Courage Conference at Mount St. Mary’s Univ.,Emmitsburg,MD.
    Since the organization Courage/EnCourage is the only Holy See- approved outreach to those who desire to leave behind them the attraction to these homosexual acts, the members of the Boston Archdiocese could benefit from the insights of those who have been successful in being able to leave the homosexual behaviors behind then and those who have helped them to regain their integrity.
    Since I was not able to attend the conference this year due to medical reasons, I hope that Cardinal O’Malley had at least one priest or lay person attend the conference to report on this very important movement. Hopefully the Courage Conference will be a major feature in The Pilot this coming weekend. This would be a
    truly major way to counter the position of Mayor Menino and the very powerful LGBT advocates who are perpetuating this deception in the Boston area and in our public school classrooms, thus scandalizing our youth by teaching them at an early age that the actions that are inherent in those acts of homosexual sex are “good” and parents who say that they are morally harmful are trying to take away their child’s right to “pleasure” themselves. Take a look at the ETR Association text books that are from the publishing company of Planned Parenthood leaders in Santa Cruz,CA and are used in many of our public schools to see exactly what is being taught to our public school children, “Pleasuring” themselves is taught as a civil right! This false belief needs to be addressed ,especially since so many people don’t know what the Catholic Church teaches in this area and so many were shocked by the behavior of priests like Fr. Paul Shanley who had been the ‘darling’ of the Boston area when he first started his outreach ministry in the Boston Archdiocese. Why don’t we ever hear about Courage/EnCourage?

    • Michael says:

      The problem is that O’Malley, and even “good” priests (who claim to be conservative) have no courage themselves. They are afraid to offend anyone. They don’t want to say that people inclined (in that behavior) have disordered inclinations. To do so would require them to explain what inclinations God has “ordered” and, more importantly, would definitely impact the amount of the collections at mass. The truth is quaint, but money talks. People’s souls don’t matter; the upkeep of the physical structure of the Church is far more important. We will hear about Courage, when they seek the truth. But don’t hold your breath.

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  15. Jack O'Malley says:

    I am going to take all the money I’ve been saving by not funding the collection plate in the novus ordure church of O’Malley the Cowardly Cardinal and buy lots and lots of Chick-Fil-A sandwiches for the kids in the neighborhood. Considering that O’Malley is the antithesis of orthopraxis, gluttony can now be deemed a corporal work of mercy.

    Maybe Dan Cathy should site his Boston restaurant opposite the Cathedral. At least there’d be one courageous voice of morality on that stretch of Washington Street.

  16. Aged parent says:

    Boston Archdiocese silent when it comes to the homosexual perversion…..

    And in related news, the sun rose this morning and will set this evening.

  17. Pete says:

    I am astounded by people (from the Cardinal’s Cabinet, perhaps?) who think that the Mayor’s announcement that Catholic beliefs will get you banned from operating a business is none of his beeswax, and he should remain silent.

    What announcement would get him to roll out of his catatonia and say something about the civil rights of his own flock.

    Can’t eat in the city.
    Can’t drink water from the same fountains.
    Can’t live in the city.

    It is cowards like him that sat silent as the trains pulled up to take the Jews.

    None of his business that his own flock is banned from operating a business in Boston.

    The shepherd sees the wolf and he flees.

  18. Magdalene says:

    The condition of the Catholic Church in Boston continues to be a disgrace.

  19. Ned Lemon says:

    uh…I was once told that if I lied about graduating from a Catholic high school I could apply for a management position at Chick-Fil-A. Get a grip people. Have a little faith in your Faith.

  20. Warren Memlib says:

    Cardinal George criticizes Chicago mayor’s comments on Chick-fil-A

    CWN – July 31, 2012

    Cardinal Francis George has criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent comments on Chick-fil-A, a restaurant chain whose president said recently that he believes marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

    “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values,” Emanuel said in response. “They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values.”

    Emanuel is also co-chair of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.

    Cardinal George responded:

    Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the “values” that must be held by citizens of Chicago. I was born and raised here, and my understanding of being a Chicagoan never included submitting my value system to the government for approval. Must those whose personal values do not conform to those of the government of the day move from the city? Is the City Council going to set up a “Council Committee on Un-Chicagoan Activities” and call those of us who are suspect to appear before it? I would have argued a few days ago that I believe such a move is, if I can borrow a phrase, “un-Chicagoan.”

    “The value in question is espousal of ‘gender-free marriage,’” he continued. “Approval of state-sponsored homosexual unions has very quickly become a litmus test for bigotry; and espousing the understanding of marriage that has prevailed among all peoples throughout human history is now, supposedly, outside the American consensus.”

    “Was Jesus a bigot?” Cardinal George added. “Could Jesus be accepted as a Chicagoan? Would Jesus be more ‘enlightened’ if he had the privilege of living in our society? One is welcome to believe that, of course; but it should not become the official state religion, at least not in a land that still fancies itself free. Surely there must be a way to properly respect people who are gay or lesbian without using civil law to undermine the nature of marriage.”

    Additional sources for this story: See

  21. Paul says:

    No suprise here
    O’Malley supports gay rights Just like the Gay Pride Mass at St Cecilia’s in Boston this year.
    He should also be removed the Catholic Church does not need another heritic.

  22. Bill Bratton says:

    I was born and raised in Charlestown, baptized at St. Francis, made my First Holy Communion and Confirmation at St. Catherines, to this day I wear proudly my Boston roots, I would not change that for any existance, I will never forget where I came from, but lately I have become ashamed of what my city has become, it is not the city I was born in in 1958 and grew up in, and for the Church, I am ashamed beyond belief, but not surprised, do your homework Catholic bretheren, the church was infiltrated by the Lavender Mafia long ago, homosexuality runs rampant in the American Catholic Church, the silence by the Cardinal on Chick fil-A is defeaning, but it should no surprise anyone, shameful Cardinal.

  23. Bill Bratton says:

    I have a wonderful idea, maybe we Catholics and other Christians should grow a set of you know whats and start pushing back against the anti Catholic/Christian movement in America to secularize America and remove God from the public square, you can say or do anything to us today in America without any fear of reprisal because like White America we have abducated our place and our pride for the sake of diversity and political correctness, Catholics and Christians should be fearful of a government that feels confident it can use it’s office to force agendas on it’s people, this is the lefts vision of America and the Chick fil-A situation is a look into our future we should think about that when we go and vote in November and we should have a boycott of our own against travel to Boston or Chicago.

  24. Bill Bratton says:

    Here we are almost two weeks removed from the onset of the intolerant left regarding Chick fil-A and on the eve of the gay kiss in, I wonder will our Cardinal finally speak up, probably in support of the kissers, never in my life have I ever been ashamed by my Charlestown/Boston Catholic roots , but today I am ashamed of both, we have a stumbling, mumbling mayor who has overstayed his welcome in city hall, and a cardinal (small case intentional) who should have been removed after the St. Cecelia fiasco, Catholics it is time to wake up, the cardinal remains silent because he supports the homosexual agenda, we also have to embrace the fact that the American Catholic Seminary system was infiltrated by homosexuals long ago, the Lavender Mafia is alive and well in our churches and may very well be controlling them here in America, it is time for the cardinal to go!

  25. Alice Slattery says:

    The Pilot for the first week in Aug. does not have a single word in it about the speakers at the Courage Conference from July 19-22 at Mount St. Mary’s Univ., Emmitsburg,MD. Courage/EnCourage is the only Catholic organization that has been approved by the Holy See for outreach to those who desire to live according to the way of the Catholic faith of living in a chaste manner through the grace of God, helping those who have been caught up into the lure of homosexuality to leave behind them the caving -in to the temptations of same-sex sexual attraction and actions that lure them away from God’s plan for us for human love. Homosexuality is defined in the dictionary as “the sexual desire for others of the same sex”. It is an action of the will. it is NOT the person!!
    If we are deprived of the knowledge of the many people who have successfully been able to grow in their faith and have left behind them the same-sex sex practices(mutual masturbation being the primary action inherent in this “relationship” which is focused on sexual gratification at any price) and instead to desire to live in a chaste manner for the sake of the Kingdom of God,
    then how will the members of the Boston Archdiocese even know that the GLBT insistence that no one can ever get out of this life style that encourages the desire for homosexual behavior, is a fraudulent claim? Silence helps the sinner; it does not help those who seek the mercy of God. Why is The Pilot not addressing this vitally important information? Why is there such a determination to be silent about Courage in this archdiocese?

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