In the wake of Cardinal Sean O’Malley recently joining in the Boston College commencement that honored pro-abortion, pro-gay Sec. of State, John Kerry, on Thursday evening, he continued his endorsement of people and groups that oppose the Catholic Church and her teachings by opening the launch event for the new heretical Boston Globe “Catholic” pub, Crux.
Crux came right out the gate letting everyone know they are publishing content about the Catholic Church that is often going to disagree with Catholic Church teachings. Just one example is them hiring Margery Eagen as “spirituality columnist”–she has criticized and opposed Church teachings for years, called for the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 and in the past week at Crux has already ridiculed a comment made by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and attacked the “bizarre crackdown” on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which is being investigated by the Vatican. Another example is a Crux advice columnist who just told a “Cafeteria Catholic” who disagrees with Church teachings to hang in there waiting for Church leaders to change Catholic doctrine:
“There are women who, in good conscience, have taken priestly ordination vows and consider themselves Catholic…My unordained advice, therefore, is this: Hold onto your Catholicism – as well as your conscience – and perhaps your leaders will follow you there.”
Thankfully, a reader responded:
“If a Catholic found no wrong in thievery, but wanted to remain Catholic, the answer isn’t to see if the leaders of the church will follow his example and embrace stealing. Instead, the thieving Catholic must pray while seeking forgiveness that he can accept the Church’s position that stealing is forbidden. (True, he may fail many times and struggle along the way, but too it may take years for someone to break free from society’s teachings about birth control or gay marriage and embrace Catholic truths.)
Quite simply, Crux is BAD. And this is the essence of the problem with Crux and the problem with Cardinal O’Malley endorsing the pub. Catholic Church teachings are intended to lead people to holiness and urge them repent from their sins so they can save their souls, avoid the fires of hell and get to heaven. By Crux airing “all the voices in the conversation” with paid staff that has a history of touting the opposite of what the Catholic Church teaches on nearly every moral teaching, they lead souls away from salvation. And by supporting and endorsing Crux, Cardinal O’Malley is once again shirking his responsibility as bishop to teach the teachings of the Church and he is helping lead souls to hell by giving credibility to this publication. It is shameful and scandalous.
Why would the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston endorse this publication and open their kickoff event? The only explanation BCI can come up with revolves around PR: that by doing so, he ensures John Allen and the Globe continue to give him favorable coverage. If there is another reason why the Cardinal Archbishop would willfully lead the souls of his flock away from salvation, we hope someone in the archdiocese lets us know.
The Tenth Crusade has several great pieces that cover the launch event on Thursday night and lead up to it. Our favorite line about Margery Eagen–who openly disagrees with the Catholic Church on abortion, birth control, homosexuality, hell and more, and who suggested in June that the Pope should try smoking pot–is this one: Margery Eagen sitting in a pew, “doesn’t make her a Catholic, anymore than sitting in her garage makes her a car.”
In our next post, we will cover everything wrong and questionable about things said at the event itself on Thursday evening. For now, we pause. At Mass this morning, BCI will be praying that Cardinal O’Malley find the backbone, courage and strength to focus his time and energies on teaching what the Catholic Church actually teaches.