Boston priest puts GLBTQ rainbow flag on Catholic chapel

In our last post, we reported on how Boston priest, Fr. Walter Cuenin, promoted a petition to have the gay “rainbow” flag cover the Oval Office in Washington, but we learned hours later that we missed some even more scandalous things this priest has done.

For the month of October, Fr. Cuenin has had what he describes as “an enormous gay pride flag” displayed outside the chapel to “recognize both Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History Month. A photo is below.


Here is what Fr. Cuenin had to say about this in an interview with the Brandeis student newspaper, The Justice:

In an interview with the Justice, Rev. Walter Cuenin, the University’s Catholic chaplain and coordinator of the Interfaith Chaplaincy, explained the chapel’s display and its significance in detail. He described the flag right beside the chapel as an “enormous gay pride flag.” He also mentioned that a pink cloth covers the altar and added that there are also pink candles in the chapel. Cuenin said that he wanted students to be aware of issues regarding discrimination pertaining to the LGBTQ community and breast cancer awareness and research.

Cuenin acknowledged that a priest hanging an LGBTQ pride flag outside of the chapel might be a bit of a surprise, stating that many believe “a priest would never do that,” given the Catholic Church’s stance that homosexuality is morally wrong. He said he feels deeply that there needs to be more focus on how people act outside of the Church as opposed to good deeds and social activism being confined to the Church.

As we all know the gay rainbow flag is a symbol of “gay pride”  and LGBT social movements.  This is commonly associated with gay pride parades and gay pride weeks, where the following is typically on display:

  • Sado-masochism
  • Profanity and vulgarity, much of it in an angry tone
  • Homosexual sex; condoms and anal lubricant given out almost everywhere
  • Horrible “gay” diseases and psychological problems
  • The problem of “gay” domestic violence
  • Hatred of traditional religion, particularly Catholicism
  • Perversions such as cross-dressing and transsexual body mutilation
  • An obsession with children and teenagers

This is what Fr. Cuenin promoted outside the church in October.  One article reports that when one enters the church, inside the foyer year-round he also proudly displays a multicolored gay pride flag, while this article says he has the rainbow flag inside the chapel. The article continues, “Father Cuenin is also a official LGBT ally on campus, through his work with Trisk (Brandeis’ GLBTQA student group). He also continuously makes himself available and accessible to struggling students in his role as a confidential resource.  This article says, “Father Cuenin has always displayed a rainbow peace flag inside the chapel, as a statement that the chapel is friendly to people of all sexualities. That will continue to be the case when the pride flag outside is taken down at the end of the month. Cuenin also commented that he takes his role as a confidential resource on campus very seriously, and hopes that more students will feel welcome to talk with him as a result of these displays.”

There are so many things wrong with what is going on there, it is tough to express in words. How can a Catholic priest be allowed to promote “gay pride” and gravely sinful, immoral behavior and remain in active ministry?  Imagine a 17 or 18-year-old child away from home for the first time who might be confused about their sexual identity going to talk to Fr. Cuenin for a Catholic perspective–and instead of hearing about how Christ calls them to chastity and holiness, they see the gay pride flag there with a Catholic priest advocating for the gay lifestyle and the sinful, disordered, medically unsafe behaviors that are a part of it.  (The matter of the pink cloth on the altar for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and using the altar to advance his own ideology and agenda is an entirely different issue).

This crap from Fr. Cuenin has been going on for at least 12-15 years, if not longer. His public testimony to the Mass Legislature in 2002 opposing a ban on “gay marriage” should have gotten him permanently removed from ministry then.  Write to the following people and ask for his immediate removal.

Dir. of Campus Minisry, Fr. Richard Clancy:
Vicar General, Bishop Peter Uglietto:
Terry Donilon, Secretary for Communications:
Cardinal Sean O’Malley: archbishopsean_o’
U.S. Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano:



47 Responses to Boston priest puts GLBTQ rainbow flag on Catholic chapel

  1. Theresa says:

    No doubt we’ll be seeing more of this insanity now that the synod has done its preliminary dirty work. The Princesses of the church have all been diagnosed with DDD ( diabolical disorientation disorder) it’s very catchy …Fr Cuenin has an acute case of it himself.

  2. Chris Mac says:

    What makes BCI think Cardinal O’Malley will respond to this outrage, when he has ignored other outrageous behavior in the past?

    Fr. Cuenin has hoisted the rainbow flag before at Brandeis. It was reported in the press. Nada.

    Fr. John Unni invited the press to come when he insulted a bishop there to perform confirmations during the “Pride Mass” controversy a few years back. Nothing.

    Fr. Austin Fleming posted articles about his Provincetown vacations, cooperated with a writer of gay porn on a memoir, and blessed same-sex marriages. Untouched in Concord.

    Then there’s Fr. Steve Josoma, Fr. Ron Coyne and the friars at Arch Street. Not to mention the Paulists.

    What a track record! And now Cardinal O’Malley is one of the most influential cardinals at the Vatican.

    • Chris Whittle says:

      These and several other reasons why I don’t trust clerics of any rank unless they say the Tridentine Mass.

      • Marty says:

        The integrity of the liturgy is not dependent on the integrity of the priest. It is real and valid because of this ordination. The integrity of the priest is not dependent on the integrity of the liturgy.

    • Chris, BCI shares the frustration over the failure of Cardinal O’Malley to do anything about these egregious situations. Still, as Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Should we just do nothing? At some point, we hope someone will have an opportunity to talk directly to Cardinal O’Malley about this, ask him why he has not acted, and press him to take action. We still urge all readers to write to the people we named and/or call them and try to get them live on the phone. We know some readers are trying and hope more keep at it.

    • I wrote the Emails. At least I hopefully won’t have to face Christ on the Judgment Day to answer for a lack of action once this was brought to my attention.

      As for His Excellency — I fear that he shall have much to answer for unless he repents of his lack of leadership in these cases. How terribly sad for the Church.

  3. B says:

    Fr. Clancy’s phone number is 617-252-1779. I plan to give him a call today.

  4. Florentius says:

    Horrifying. Can some brave soul please pull it down?

  5. Penny Kostal says:

    Wouldn’t it be grand if liars pants actually did catch on fire?
    Horrible “gay” diseases and psychological problems
    The problem of “gay” domestic violence
    Hatred of traditional religion, particularly Catholicism
    Perversions such as cross-dressing and transsexual body mutilation
    An obsession with children and teenagers.

    Lies…..all lies.

  6. thelittlebrother says:

    Psalm 51
    Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to thy steadfast love;
    according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
    Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!
    For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is ever before me.
    Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
    and done that which is evil in thy sight,
    so that thou art justified in thy sentence
    and blameless in thy judgment.
    Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
    and in sin did my mother conceive me.
    Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being;
    therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
    Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
    wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
    Fill me with joy and gladness;
    let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice.
    Hide thy face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.
    Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and put a new and right spirit within me.
    Cast me not away from thy presence,
    and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
    Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.
    Then I will teach transgressors thy ways,
    and sinners will return to thee.
    Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    thou God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance.
    O Lord, open thou my lips,
    and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
    For thou hast no delight in sacrifice;
    were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.
    The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
    Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure;
    rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
    then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices,
    in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
    then bulls will be offered on thy altar.

  7. jbq2 says:

    As Bill Clinton said so succinctly, “It all depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is”. You have to read the “tea leaves”. The vote in the Synod for gay rights was 118-62. Two-thirds were needed to pass. My math says two votes short. The great majority of bishops are for gay rights. Today on the Cardinal Newman website Patrick . Reilly, he president, profiled “Gay in Christ” at Notre Dame. In his words, that is the way that this thing is going. Pope Francis has “opened the door” to an alternative life style with its own new moral theology. Cardinal Burke was “run out of St. Louis”. His successor is recruiting gay priests one of whom wrote a book on being a gay priest. The archbishop knew of his lifestyle and promoted him to run a deanery. As soon as he received his MSW, he conveniently left the priesthood to look for his BMW. Benedict was “sacked” by the gay lobby. Straight priests are petrified at the obvious takeover and neutralized. Promotions are based on their acceptance of the gay agenda. Gay priests in this archdiocese are way beyond out of the closet. Seminary reform is being conducted by the Jesuits. There is a definite link between social activism and the gay agenda.

  8. J says:

    Just FYI, Fr Agustin Anda began a weekly Saturday 6:00pm TLM at St Charles Borromeo, Waltham which is geared to Brandeis and Bentley students, sponsored by Juventutem Boston

  9. […] Boston priest puts rainbow flag on chapel at Brandeis University How do you think Catholic parents feel about this Catholic chaplain?  […]

  10. 98Convert says:


  11. Gianna says:

    This may be a bit off topic, but what’s worse…Hanging a homosexulal flag outside a Catholic Chapel, or giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion and pro-homosexual marriage “Catholic” policians which is what surely will happen at tomorrow’s funeral Mass for Mayor Tom Menino at Most Precious Blood Church in Hyde Park?

  12. tgbtg14 says:

    Yes, that scandal will undoubtedly occur. Not just :sad, but truly b-a-d.

  13. I.M. Fletcher says:

    There isn’t a flag on our alter yet( I’m sure its coming), But St Catherine of Siena gets instruction on how to feel bad for Obama, and the best way to vote on Question 2 in the pastors bulletin article.

    Click to access 11-2-14.pdf

    Still waiting for any meaningful instruction on the faith and the teaching of the Church.

  14. Chris Mac says:

    Question: Did anyone get any response to their phone calls or emails? Was there any promise of an inquiry into Fr. Cuenin’s behavior? Did anyone check to see if the flag is still there?

    • Deravi says:

      Maybe take the outrageous energy of your prejudice and direct it to helping others?


      No more statistically then any average human, you people included. Perhaps more frenzied media attention gives you this misinterpretation of facts?

      Profanity and vulgarity, much of it in an angry tone

      Absolutely not. I am straight but gay friendly, been to parades and such, and if there is anything they are NOT it is angry. Also again like all humans they profane and have the capacity for vulgarity.

      Homosexual sex; condoms and anal lubricant given out almost everywhere

      Schools give out condoms to straight people. Other organizations do. You should accept these condoms because it would make you less paranoid about non-existent horrible “gay” diseases. Statistically more straight people have these diseases as a per person ration then gay people. Wrong.

      The problem of “gay” domestic violence

      Much like the greater problem of straight domestic violence? You are listing common human problems and just adding the word gay.

      Hatred of traditional religion, particularly Catholicism
      Lol what? No…

      Perversions such as cross-dressing and transsexual body mutilation

      Straight people do this more. Purportedly straight men are known to like to dress as women.

      An obsession with children and teenagers
      Do you REALLY believe this? I hope not. It is highly unchristian to make that sort of vague allegation, plus: PRIESTS!!!!!

      • Ferde Rombola says:

        Well Deravi, you have convinced me you are vulgar, profane, juvenile, ignorant and lack the rudimentary standards of decency common to self-respecting people. Anything else you want us to know about you?

  15. Deravi appears to be unaware of the practice of virtue that is required of persons who want to be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Through living a life according to the practice of the virtue of chastity, a person can receive the graces necessary to live without falling into the temptations that Deravi appears to think are normal behaviors. Does he realize the need for the practice of chastity in our lives and the need to teach our children about this virtue?
    Catholic priests who did not accept the discipline required for the practice of chastity ended up sinning tragically. Please do not use them as an example of living in a truly virtuous manner as all true Catholics are trying to do!
    Those public school educators and any Catholic pastors who are permitting sex-ed “educators. such as Pam Garramone,the Director of Boston PFLAG, to teach our children how to seek sexual pleasure in all kinds of ways,telling them that,no matter what their parents say, they have a right to engage in all kinds of unchaste behavior, are planting the seeds of disintegration of spirit,disillusionment and despair in their lives. Encouraging children to act out in same-sex sexual activity, as well as other sexual activity, is a tragic happening that is going on with very little opposition. Does Deravi agree or disagree?

  16. stasisonline says:

    Much of what is written here contains truth. But “obsession with chlidren”? I dont think so.

  17. Deravi says:

    Yes you people are prety awful, talk about your holy spirits or phantoms or ghosts, but you just claimed that millions of people obsess over children. I can do the same, tons of catholics not just obsess over children but rape them, except my claim is backed up by facts and court evidence. I think you all need to look in the mirror and recover what you can of your morality and live your lives right before you go to your fake magic afterlife.

    • I see. So now we know what you are — “fake, magic afterlife” — an atheist. Well, sir, for every child molested by a priest, I would turn your head around to about 10,000 people killed by your fellow atheists, Mao, Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot, etc. just for the “crime” of being a Christian.

      You really shouldn’t try to throw stones when you associate yourself with company such as that. The body count is approaching 200,000,000 for the atheists. Nice people you hand with.

    • the captain says:

      Well Deravi your “so called facts” are biased and incorrect. If you have facts then post them here… But you can’t, all you you can do is post opinion articles from the Huffington Post and DailyKOS.

      Move along folks nothing to see here but an angry atheist looking to get a rise out of us. Don’t feed the troll.

  18. Deravi says:

    Ultimately I think you guys, or the type I am speaking of, find the idea of two guys together gross and use the bible or high-minded ideals to rationalize that revulsion. I have it too. I suppress a flinch when I see two guys kiss, I can’t help it, but I am not a base animal driven by irrational fears. I am a mature, thinking human he sees love where you people see depravity, and although I have a base revulsion on the interaction of two men that I have accepted I can’t shake off, I live my life as if that is not there, because again I have a thinking brain and control of my actions and behavior, and if something creeps me out on a base level but on a higher level I know its two people who care about each other that are harming no one, that they are born that way, my higher brain judges my actions. You need to square away your baser world reactions, its too complex a world to go with gut instincts anymore. Ok i’ll stop.

    • the captain says:

      The problem with your description above is that it removes God and divine law and replaces it with man. Either you believe in God and follow HIs rules and you do not and it create your own rules.

      Those of us here that have posted opinions contrary to yours are People of Faith. People of Faith are not stupid or incapable of using our brains. The implication you’ve made above that because we believe in God we are not using our brain is offensive and close minded. The traits you imply you are not because you are using your brain ti suppress instinct.

      The reason you need to suppress a flinch when two guys kiss is because you are wired to know it is wrong. Have you ever asked yourself why that is? The mental masturbation you have described above to justify your reaction and response takes far more faith than just believing in God and accepting the Bible and God’s law. Think about it.

  19. Deravi says:

    Re: the deaths referenced above, there are exponentially more religion vs religion wars crusades and killing. If you are portraying Atheists as warlords that butcher religions, you are way way off. There are faaaar more deaths since the beginning of recorded history BETWEEN religions than by people who dont like people beliving in god. The term ‘religious persecution’ generally refers to a dominant religion persecuting the smaller ones. Read up on your history!

    That being said I apologize for using patronizing terms like ‘magic’ etc., by exaggerating or patronizing I obscure my real points.

    BTW I was led here from Reddit where they linked people to this thread under their ‘Popcorn’ thread listing. Reddit is referred to as ‘the home page of the internet’ and this was listed as a source of amusing reading for the general netizen public, but rather than smirk at perceived ignorance like others I was compelled to argue it despite others saying there is no point.

    • the captain says:

      So if you’re here to argue then argue. Where are you and the reddit Intelligentsia?

      I’ve challenged your “statistics” and you’ve offered nothing in response. Your statistics about priests and Catholics are lies presented by your masters and perpetuated by “useful idiots”, such are yourself. Lenin’s disciples are playing YOU masterfully.

      If you would look at the facts then think for yourself the truth would be quite clear.

  20. Chris Mac says:

    Dervai, no one is “compelled” to come to a website and argue.

  21. John Doe says:

    If the Pharisees and those who sought to persecute Jesus had tools like this blog Jesus’ 3 year ministry would have been cut short. Believe in the transformative power of the Spirit! Who are you to judge?

    • The captain says:

      You sir are the modern day Pharisees by persecuting Jesus and ignoring his teachings. You have no clue whatsoever what Jesus taught, you just twist the truth to support your depraved thinking. And many of the clerics in the RCAB enable people like you.

      This blog, and the others like it, are the only means the faithful have to call RCAB leaders to accountability.

      The Real Pharisees

      And the misquoting of Pope Francis comment who am I to judge is getting old, it’s a failed propaganda initiative. Everybody knows what the pope meant, stop embareesing yourself.

  22. Anna says:

    The real problem is, the flag would be flying over the Vatican if the people now in control thought they could get away with it.

  23. John Doe says:

    I give you a new commandment:* love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.t
    This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

    John 13:34-35

    Where is the love of neighbor on this site?

    • the captain says:

      It is second to “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.” where it belongs per Jesus.

      Luke 10:27

      Have you considered pursuing the things of God rather than man John Doe?

  24. Is it love of neighbor that would prompt a Catholic in the Boston Archdiocese to want to have “Pam Garramone,executive director of PFLAG, a LGBT parent advocacy group, will speak at the 6 P.M. Mass on Sunday,November 24,2013. This will be Pam’s second time speaking at St. Cecilia’s and she has a very important message for all of us to hear.”(Rainbow Ministry,11/17/13)?
    Pam Garramone is a major advocate for GLSEN that brings together LGBT teachers,activists and supportive administrators who are determined to bring their tactics for promoting same-sex sexual activity into the public schools in the Boston area under the
    banner of “Safe Sex”. Our taxes are used to promote this kind of “education”.
    Is it love that prompts this promotion of the practice of same-sex sexual activity? Or is it the promotion of lust activities? Lust is a vice ,not a virtue. Lust is not love! Promoting lust during a Catholic Mass is a scandal.

  25. utherealmvp says:

    “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
    Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” MATHEW 7:1-5
    As a student of Brandeis University, I am proud to have Father Walter Cuenin serving us as a compassionate and thoughtful spiritual leader.

    May I remind everyone on this forum that Father Walter is the same priest who led 58 Catholic priests in calling for the resignation of Boston Archdiosese, Cardinal Bernard Law, for covering up sexual abuses in the Boston area for years by relocating abusive priests away from their parish and into new ones.

    Father Walter is a good man who deserves better than the uncivil and, quite frankly, offensive rhetoric used in many of the above comments.

    See Boston Globe article (2002):

    • the captain says:

      Would you PLEEEEEEEEEASE stop with the phony “judge not” rhetoric? It’s intellectually dishonest, duplicitious and misleading.

      If Father Walter is who you claim he is then can he repent and publicly apologize to those of us Catholic faithful whom he has scandalized?

      Those on this site that have called out the behavior are not in the wrong. As as Spiritual leader surely Father Walter must have taught the Spiritual works of Mercy:

      To instruct the ignorant;
      To counsel the doubtful;
      To admonish sinners;
      To bear wrongs patiently;
      To forgive offences willingly;
      To comfort the afflicted;
      To pray for the living and the dead.

      If you are going to quote scripture, first stop taking it out of context and second use all of scripture not the quotes that make your case. After all, we are Catholics not Protestants!

      • utherealmvp says:

        @The Captain

        Religion changes as society changes. Historians have observed this over the past thousand years.

        From your comments, I gather that you are a well informed Catholic follower. So I’ll assume that you know all about the Holy Inquisition, and the numerous forms of violent and grotesque torture that the Catholic Church endorsed as fear tactics to prevent the practice of alternative religions and social values.

        Where were Christ’s teachings while hundreds of thousands of “unbelievers” were being stretched, flayed, and tortured in a number of other ways?

        Would you say that these practices were correct and in line with your moral values?

        The point I am making is that in the grand scheme of things, I believe that love and acceptance of others is infinitely more virtuous than hate and discrimination.

        I believe that Father Walter agrees with this sentiment, and perhaps the silent majority of Catholics do too!

        You are an outspoken outlier in terms of representing your Catholic peers, as are most people who find refuge in communicating their opinions and feelings in online blog forums.

      • Plain and simple, nature has made man and woman as biological opposites capable of reproducing the human race. God’s plan for man and woman is clear, well defined in sacred scripture, unchangeable and logical. A man engaging in homosexual activity with another man is contrary to natural law and God’s plan and is objectively disordered. Period. If you do not agree with the above, that is your prerogative, but you should take your viewpoints elsewhere.

        Fr Walter Cuenin does not agree with the above. He does not preach chastity for homosexuals and never has. He talks in interviews about being familiar with the gay scene in Provincetown for the past 20 years. Whatever that means, BCI does not want to know. Cuenin is leading people away from the chastity and holiness that bring salvation. Anyone who supports that should find another venue for their comments.


      • The captain says:

        1. Truth is absolute not relative as you would try to make people believe. Catholicism does not change on cultural whims. There is a reason why the Catholic Church has outlasted every other empire in history and will survive this crisis.

        2. Try a more reasonable history about the inquisition,

        3. I am not an outlier, I am Catholic, period.

  26. Sonnys Mom says:

    It appears that years after the scandals were brought to public attention, Fr Cuenin is still not aware that the majority of abused “children” were in fact teenage and preteen boys.

    In past years, he has been at the center of controversy for his ultra-liberal views:

    Sept 28, 2005: “… evidence has surfaced that Rev. Walter H. Cuenin, pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Newton, MA, was targeted for his pro-gay and progressive public positions.”

    Oct 8, 2005: “Days before Fr Cuenin’s] resignation was sought, the priest voiced his disapproval of an initiative requested by Archbishop Sean O’Malley of Boston for pastors to actively solicit congregants’ signatures in support of a Massachusetts ballot measure that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

  27. utherealmvp,
    You presented your viewpoints, and it is clear you are ignoring logic and rational arguments and have nothing new to add. Your attempt to falsely present yourself as “BostonCatholicInsider[Admin]” is not appreciated. You are no longer welcome here and any future comments from you will be moderated or removed.

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