The Mass Catholic Conference, public policy arm of the Massachusetts Catholic bishops, sent nothing to constituents all year about public policy issues they could impact until BCI prodded them in early December, and just sent out their “2013 Year in Review” a few days ago. MCC reports into Fr. Bryan Hehir. Isues of moral consequence to society as a whole and to faithful Catholics in Massachusetts have been largely muted this year. Further more, it seems to BCI and others that MCC can only talk about activity, and has nothing to share about results. See their “Year in Review” below and several emails sent to them that they have failed to respond to.
Mass Catholic Conference
2013 Year in Review
2013 was a very busy year for the MCC. In the past twelve months, the MCC met with close to 100 legislators face to face to talk about the issues important to the Church in Massachusetts. In October, Cardinal Seán met with 40 legislators (scroll down) who represent territory within the Archdiocese of Boston to discuss the roll of the Church in the Commonwealth and the important work of Catholic Charities, our Catholic schools, local parishes, and the MCC. Previously, Bishop McDonnell had met with legislators from the Springfield delegation in April and Bishop McManus had met with legislators from the Worcester delegation in January. These meetings are an important part of our legislative outreach.
Over the summer, the Bishops felt the need to weigh in on comprehensive immigration reform, and released a statement expressing their support for such a measure.
Recently, the MCC submitted testimony against legislation that would legalize physician assisted suicide in the Commonwealth. The hearing was cut short due to that day’s snowstorm. There was a lot of passionate testimony on both sides of the issue. The MCC will continue to monitor the legislation throughout 2014. The MCC also testified in favor of in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants on December 11th.
Throughout 2013, the MCC actively testified in support or in opposition to almost 50 pieces of legislation, including, but not limited to: expanding the baby safe haven law, legislation changing parental notification and consent in the public schools, a proposed partial-birth abortion ban, privacy and safety in public accommodations, expanded access to homelessness aid for homeless youth, legislation limiting the overuse of psychoactive medication on the elderly, and much more.
Looking forward to 2014
The Legislative leadership has made public many of their priorities for the second year of their legislative session, including likely action on the state’s minimum wage and gun control laws. There are many more legislative priorities on the Legislative Agenda of the MCC and 2014 promises to be just as busy as 2013.
As always, feel free to reach out to the MCC and we would be happy to assist you. Happy New Year to you and your family – “May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.” (Jude 1:2).
Please pass along this message to friends and encourage them to sign up for MCC’s email alerts!
Jim, Peter, and Kathy
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BCI comments: Why should someone sign up for MCC’s email alerts when they never alert you to anything? And why should someone reach out to MCC, since they never respond when you reach out to them?
From an MCC email recipient to MCC:
Date: Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Subject: Your email
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
So your organization met with “…close to 100 legislators face to face to talk about the issues important to the Church.” So how’s that working out for you? Were you able to convince a single pro-abortion or pro-homosexual marriage “Catholic” politician in Massachusetts to support the teachings of the Church? If not, were you at least able to convince the Cardinal to enforce Canon 915 and tell these pro-abortion and pro-homosexual marriage “Catholic” politicians that they are not to approach the Blessed Sacrament unless they repent of their support of murder and sodomy?
Well you folks were successful in one thing at least… And that’s your outreach to the politicians regarding immigration reform. That will really help matters. I can guarantee you that 5 minutes after this country makes these 10 million illegal Mexicans US citizens these people will immediately register for the Democrat party who will then enjoy 10 million more votes for abortion and sodomy.
I am sorry, but from what I see here in the back pew your organization seems completely useless.
From BCI to MCC:
Mr Driscoll and staff,
Several questions for you:
What have your RESULTS been? What legislation did you impact? Whose views did you change?
Why were there so pathetically few email communications with Catholics this year? The last one came out hours after BCI complained about your silence on physician assisted suicide and before that you had only one email back in March? Exactly what are you guys doing there?
Why are you pushing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants when such rates are not even available for legal taxpaying U.S. citizens of other states? Why did you push in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in the same email as opposition to physician assisted suicide? Do you consider them equal imperatives?
We look forward to your response.
Boston Catholic Insider
Did we mention that MCC reports into Fr. Bryan Hehir? Their only email sent to constituents all year prior to a prod by BCI earlier this month was promoting a Mass Family Institute bus trip to Washington, DC in late March, so people could serve as human props for a marriage march. For 2013, the largely ineffective MCC deserves a grade of “F” as far as BCI is concerned. Until they replace the executive director (not likely) or move this from under Fr. Bryan Hehir to someone else who cares about Catholic morals in the public square, the status quo will remain.
Have a very happy and healthy New Year.