The decision by Cardinal O’Malley to attend the Monday Boston College Commencement that honored Sec. of State John Kerry defies any logical explanation. His decision to participate in honoring one of the leading pro-abortion political figures of our time is a baffling contradiction of his decision last year to boycott the commencement that honored Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who supported abortion rights legislation in Ireland. The decision is so scandalous in its contradiction of the USCCB’s own guidelines and basic moral principles that it appears Cardinal O’Malley has no choice but to resign as Chair of the USCCB’s Pro-life Committee. Here is a photo of Cardinal O’Malley shaking hands with John Kerry.
We all know that USCCB guidelines for Catholics in Political Life say:
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.
That was exactly the reason Cardinal O’Malley gave when he boycotted last year:
Since the university has not withdrawn the invitation and because the Taoiseach (prime minister) has not seen fit to decline, I shall not attend the graduation,’’ O’Malley said in a statement released this afternoon. “It is my ardent hope that Boston College will work to redress the confusion, disappointment and harm caused by not adhering to the Bishops’ directives,” he added, referencing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops instruction that Catholic institutions not honor those whose views are inconsistent with the Church’s teachings.
Continued Cardinal O’Malley’s statement:
The Irish Bishops have responded to that development by affirming the Church’s teaching that “the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong” and expressed serious concern that the proposed legislation “represents a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law.”
How can Cardinal O’Malley justify boycotting last year for Enda Kenney, but not boycotting this year for John Kerry, who has done far more damage over his political career by acting in defiance of Catholic moral principles? In case Cardinal O’Malley needs a reminder of Kerry’s background, here is one from the Catholic Action League of MA:
Secretary Kerry is a supporter of legal abortion, the public funding of abortion, partial birth abortion, abortions at military hospitals and buffer zones limiting free speech around abortion clinics. He has also endorsed contraception, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, physician assisted suicide, same gender marriage, federal gay rights legislation, the distribution of condoms to minors, family planning programs as part of U.S. foreign aid, and taxpayer financing of both Planned Parenthood and the U. N. Fund for Population Activities.
As a U.S. Senator, Kerry received a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. As a presidential candidate in 2004, Kerry was endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and promised, if elected, to appoint only those jurists who agree with Roe v. Wade to the U.S. Supreme Court, effectively disenfranchising believing Catholics from high judicial office.
More disturbing however, was Kerry’s August, 2003 attack on Pope, now Saint John Paul II in the pages of the Boston Herald. Kerry accused the recently canonized pontiff of “crossing the line,” of violating the American separation of church and state because of a Vatican exhortation to Catholic political leaders to oppose same gender marriage.
“Nothing in Kenny’s position on abortion begins to remotely compare however with John Kerry’s 30 year, wide ranging, career long, lockstep support for Planned Parenthood and NARAL.”
There are only a few possible explanations for Cardinal O’Malley attending the commencement this year:
- He is intentionally trying to corrupt the Catholic Church from within.
- His advisors are corrupted and pressuring him to do things he knows he should not do (and in fact has not done in the past)
- He is allowing money or some other forces to influence his decisions
Any of these three choices are BAD. Cardinal O’Malley has no moral authority to lead the Pro-Life Committee of the USCCB when he refuses to uphold their most basic guidelines himself. Furthermore, the time has now come for him to declare that Boston College may no longer call themselves Catholic.
Readers should send an email to the U.S Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò <firstname.lastname@example.org> and respectfully ask him to intervene in this situation to request that Cardinal O’Malley both apologize to faithful Catholics in Boston for his mistake and to also resign as Chair of the USCCB Pro-Life Committee. You can also call the Nuncio on Tuesday at (202)333-7121.