As more and more Catholics are finding out, the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus are going out of their way to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston for the first time–coincidentally, when it’s the first year a homosexual group is marching in the parade and other faithful Catholics are pulling out. Instructions are found below on how you should act today to voice your outrage.
Here is commentary from the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts:
Last December, in a shocking defeat for Catholic religious freedom rights, a minority on the board of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council—the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade—dispossessed the majority, surrendered to political pressure orchestrated by Mayor Martin Walsh, and agreed to permit a homosexual group to march in the 2015 parade.
In doing so, this minority dishonored themselves, discarded a hard fought, 9 to 0 U. S. Supreme Court decision, and betrayed their Faith, their heritage, and all those persons, living and dead, who struggled for twenty-three years to preserve the Catholic and family character of the parade.
As a result of this betrayal, a parade in honor of a Catholic saint will now become a propaganda vehicle to legitimize sodomy. A parade in honor of Saint Patrick will become a forum for those who express pride in rejecting the religion and morality of Saint Patrick.
Consequently, the faithful Catholics of Immaculate Heart of Mary School publicly withdrew from the parade last Thursday.
Now, incredibly, at a time when real Catholics are leaving the parade, the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus—who never marched in the parade before, at least in the last thirty years—have announced that they will march in the 2015 Boston Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
It is almost impossible to believe that this is a coincidence. It would seem that the Knights are giving political cover to the Veterans Council, to Mayor Walsh, or both, by pretending the parade is still a Catholic friendly event. (Interestingly, the State Deputy of the K of C is a resident and small business owner in Dorchester, Mayor Walsh’s hometown.)
The decision of the K of C to march, whatever their motivation, is a disgrace. Please contact the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus and tell them how disgusted you are that they would march in a parade that includes homosexual activists, and which will be celebrated in the media as a victory for gay rights. Urge them to cancel their plans to march in this sham parade, which makes a mockery of Saint Patrick!
Contact the State Council today via the following:
State Deputy’s email: email@example.com
State Deputy Russell Steinbach Home phone: 617-282-7752
For twenty-three years, homosexual militants tried to force their way into the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, while the Massachusetts K of C stood by and did nothing. Now that the militants have succeeded, the Knights, suddenly, want to march. It is really quite appalling!
Mass Resistance has an excellent piece as well here. They spoke to State Deputy Steinbach and he said, “I want people in Boston to know what we do. We want to raise membership.” When asked if he understood why many Catholics are angry at him, he said, “I don’t know.” On Wednesday, he sent a second email to members inviting them to come and march in the parade on Sunday – and to be sure and bring their families to this “family friendly” event!
The Catholic Action League responded:
Whatever their motivations or pretentions, the State Council of the K of C is objectively rendering assistance, and providing aid and comfort to Mayor Walsh, the parade organizers, and most of all, the homosexual activist group OUTVETS, by perpetuating the illusion that the parade is still a Catholic friendly and family friendly event.
More treacherously, the K of C is undermining the admirable Catholic witness demonstrated by the faithful Catholics of Immaculate Heart of Mary School, who withdrew rather than march with homosexual militants.
The overt message of OUTVETS is that homosexual relations—including so-called same gender marriage—is not only morally acceptable, but something to be proud of. Their implicit message therefore is that Catholic moral teaching is nothing more than bigotry and prejudice.
The Knights are helping OUTVETS to spread their message by pretending nothing is wrong, and pretending there is nothing morally objectionable to a homosexual group exploiting a parade in honor of a Catholic saint to promote their anti-Christian agenda. Silence implies consent.
In addition to the above contacts, we suggest you also contact:
State K of C Chaplain, Bishop Robert Hennessey: 617-269-4001
Bishop Peter Uglietto: Vicar_general@rcab.org
Cardinal Sean O’Malley: archbishopsean_o’firstname.lastname@example.org
Instead of what the K of C is doing, they should follow the advice of Cardinal O’Malley in his 2006 Pastoral Letter on Homosexuality:
We know that friends and relatives of homosexual Catholics sometimes feel torn between their allegiance to Christ and their concern for their loved ones. I assure them that these goals are not incompatible. Calling people to embrace the cross of discipleship, to live the commandments and at the same time assuring them that we love them as brothers and sisters can be difficult. Sometimes we are told: “If you do not accept my behavior, you do not love me.” In reality we must communicate the exact opposite: “Because we love you, we cannot accept your behavior.”
The parade is Sunday and there is still time to pressure the K of C to pull out. We ask readers from any part of the country to take a few minutes on Friday to contact the above people.