Boston Pilot Response to Garrity Issue: “Meh”

In follow-up of the scandalous publication of Msgr. Paul Garrity’s opinion piece in the Boston diocesan paper saying that the Catholic Church’s teaching on the permanence of marriage is “ridiculous”, “untenable” and “disrespectful”, the Pilot has done a fair/mediocre job of cleaning up and correcting the mess they created.

They pulled Garrity’s column down after a week of letting people read it online and they published an very good article by Fr. David Barnes in last Friday’s edition defending the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. Fr. Barnes also wrote a more detailed and explicit rebuttal to Msgr. Garrity’s piece on his own blog which is first-rate and excellent.

If the Pilot and Boston Archdiocese think publishing the piece by Fr. Barnes somehow wiped up the whole mess, they are sadly mistaken. Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture gave the Pilot two cheers for what they’ve done; BCI would give them a score of maybe 3-5 on a scale of 1 to 100.  We mostly agree with Phil, except for his rating on the effort. Here are excerpts from his piece, plus some commentary by BCI.

  • We agree with Phil that the Archdiocese of Boston published a direct attack on the Catholic faith by a member of their clergy in the archdiocesan paper.  Why Antonio Enrique at the Pilot let this heresy through is an unanswered question. Based on Msgr Garrity’s record, everyone at the Pilot should have expected anything from Garrity to be problematic.
  • We clearly should not expect an archdiocesan newspaper to merely maintain an appearance of neutrality regarding Catholic doctrine. There are truths of our faith. Period. That is all they should be publishing. Period.
  • After realizing the error, the Pilot left the article up for a week. Why?  We do not know. The only thing we can presume is that the Pilot and Boston Catholic Media wanted it to stay up for people to read.
  • Clearly, the Pilot did a good thing by getting Fr. Barnes to write a piece to refute what Msgr. Garrity said.  But what is published merely sounds like yet a different opinion. The blog post (not published in The Pilot) identified the heretical article by name and clearly stated the purpose of the blog post was to address areas of disagreement.  But still, even Fr. Barne’s wording sounds like opinion, not objective truth.  He says, “My friends, however, would find the author’s characterizations of those who disagree with his position to be unfounded and untrue…” and “I disagree with almost everything in the article.”  How about saying that the teachings of Jesus Christ prove that Msgr. Garrity is wrong on almost everything in the article?   All the Pilot did was give the appearance of balancing a critic of Church teaching with a supporter.
  • Still missing is an apology in the Pilot for running Msgr. Garrity’s column
  • Still missing is an explicit correction of the errors and heresies in Msgr. Garrity’s column. Cardinal O’Malley, Bishop Uglietto, Fr. Reed (who runs Catholic Media), Antonio Enrique (editor of the Pilot) and Msgr. Garrity himself all will be accountable to God on their judgment day for any souls led to sin by this piece. Do none of these people care about the souls of the faithful being led astray by their actions?
  • Still missing is a statement from Cardinal O’Malley or the Vicar General—not just another priest, but the archbishop or Vicar General—correcting the record.
  • Still missing is a retraction from Msgr. Garrity (but don’t hold your breath waiting for that)

Furthermore, it is clear that Msgr. Garrity continues to publish heresy in his parish bulletins, for example, writing in the bulletin about marriage and divorce in a way that implies that communion for the divorced and remarried is something that the Church should accept. (See Aug 30th bulletin, page 2).  Regardless of what Cardinal Kasper, the German bishops, or the Synod on the Family may opine, that opinion is neither the teaching of Jesus Christ nor the doctrine of the Catholic Church.  Even the Pope cannot change that teaching.

For the sake of the salvation of souls, the Pilot needs to correct their error publicly as described above.  Write to editor, Antonio Enrique and/or call The Pilot to urge this action. Ultimately, Msgr. Garrity needs to be removed from any position of pastoral responsibility where he can teach or share his opinions and he should be put out to pasture. Write to or call Vicar General Bishop Peter Uglietto:; 617-746-5619 and Cardinal Sean O’Malley:  ArchbishopSean_O’; 617-782-2544 to ask for that.

13 Responses to Boston Pilot Response to Garrity Issue: “Meh”

  1. Chris Mac says:

    I still say people should look at the way The Pilot handled the Dan Avila column, which offered speculation on the origin of homosexuality but did not directly contradict Catholic teachings on faith and morals. This happened in the fall of 2011.

    Avila had been writing columns for The Pilot for seven years. In his final column, he tried to refute the position that God must have created same-sex attraction and, therefore, desires persons with that inclination to find happiness in its fulfillment.

    “Whatever natural causes disturb otherwise typical biological development, leading to the personally unchosen beginnings of same-sex attraction, the ultimate responsibility, on a theological level, is and should be imputed to the evil one, not God,” he wrote.

    There was an immediate backlash. Avila was forced to publish a public mea culpa and hounded out of his job. Among those leading the pack baying for his head were two of the most notorious dissidents in the archdiocese.

    In his statement, Avila reiterated his apology, which replaced his column on The Pilot’s website. He expressed sorrow for the “needless hurt” he caused.

    An editor’s note on the website echoed Avila’s statement of regret, saying “The Pilot also wishes to apologize for having failed to recognize the theological error in the column before publication.”

    Terence Donilon, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston, refused to elaborate on that “theological error,” saying only that the archdiocesan position on the matter has been “widely reported.”

    This time, will anything happen?

  2. Tim McGuirk says:

    The rebuttal came from Father David Barnes of Boston University, not Carnes.

  3. Concerned Parent says:

    “Ultimately, Msgr. Garrity needs to be removed from any position of pastoral responsibility where he can teach or share his opinions and he should be put out to pasture. ”

    Instead he’s been placed in charge of a collaborative — a clear indication that chancery decision-makers tacitly concur with the heresy he promotes. To financially support the various collaboratives which are led by “vain talkers and seducers” such as Monsignor Garrity is to empower those “men speaking perverse things” to continue their attacks on the Faith.

  4. D Paul says:

    This site does a tremendous amount of good in bringing order out of intentional chaos and confusion which is an environment in which the devil thrives. Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia forced out a gay former Mercy nun for marrying her former nun mate. High school students are particularly vulnerable. In New York we are waiting to hear of Cardinal Dolan’s response to the new organist at St. Agnes marrying his boy friend. The pastor there, Father Murphy, was brought in to finalize the suppression of the Latin Mass. There appears no doubt that there is a link between gay clergy and the suppression of the traditional Mass. Again, we are waiting for the response of Cardinal Dolan. The issue in Boston is tied directly to the acceptance of gay relationships. We are now in a time of crystallization with the coming Synod on the Family. The views of Pope Francis on this issue will quickly be understood. This is the agenda of Cardinal Walter Kasper who is the front man for Pope Francis. This is a three week event and it does no good to get upset before “the candle burns out” at the end of October.

  5. Alice Slattery says:

    Let us hope that The Pilot editor has the courage to print the clearly expressed opinion of the African bishops to wake us up to the very aggressive attempts by powerful,wealthy supporters in America who are trying to force the African nations to accept the same-sex culture that is presently being forced upon us. Among the many reports about this grave assault that can be read is the one in the Sept. 21,2015 LifeSite article:”Africa’s bishops denounce the West’s anti-family agenda as a ‘new slavery’. The African prelates are vigorously protesting “the ideological bombardment from Western powers against “life,the family, all that is sacred, the healthy human development of our youth who are the future of Africa,the full blossoming of women and respect for the elderly-realities of which our African cultures have such a keen sense.”
    Will the Pilot report what the Pope has been saying about this horrendous situation? The Pope exhorts us to “be on guard against colonization by new ideologies. There are forms of ideological colonization which are out to destroy the family.”(Africa’s bishops denounce the West’s anti-family agenda as ‘new slavery’ by Pete Baklinski))
    Will the Pilot print articles about this assault against African nations such as Uganda when the Pope visits Uganda and honors the 22 young men who were tortured and burned to death by the King of Uganda, King Mawanga, who insisted that they give approval to same-sex sexual activity, as well as bisexual sex acts of all kinds?
    We will see how much courage the editors of The Pilot and the Boston Archdiocese parish pastors and priests, including Fr. Paul Garrity, Fr. John Unni and the members of St. Cecilia’s Rainbow Ministry, demonstrate in the coming weeks.

  6. Chris Mac says:

    Anyone who wants to see how Garrity handles being a pastor should read over his letters in the Lexington Catholic Community bulletins.

    His politics are somewhat to the left of the Nuns on the Bus. The bulletins can be read here:

  7. I sent an e mail to O’Malley. I know it was a wast of time. This stuff has been going on for some time. Liberal Cardinals have headed the Boston Church for generations. Remember when Cushing said Mrs Kennedy could sin because she had a hard life ? Good grief. Some say that that statement started the whole thing.

  8. Ferde Rombola says:

    Concerned Parent, your conclusions about the chancery vis a vis Garrity are correct. The Cardinal had ample reason to sack him when he was at St. Catherine’s in Norwood and didn’t. Nothing has changed.

    D Paul, the the attack and eventual suppression of the Traditional Latin Mass has been underway for a long time. Vatican II and the modernists who hijacked the Council began the process and pretty much succeeded.

    Cardinal Dolan has made his feelings toward the homosexual community known (Good for them!) and I think not much will change there. He hasn’t the courage nor the faith to stand up to New York homosexuals.

    As for the synod, nothing will be known at the end of October except how the Marxists and Kasperites hijacked this meeting. The only decision that matters is the Pope’s and he won’t finalize his conclusions until well into 2016.

    Alice, if the editor of the Pilot wanted authentic Church doctrine known to the faithful of Boston, he never would have printed Garrity’s piece. Expecting him to do something now is asking him to condemn his own actions. It won’t happen. These people are all supporters of the homosexual agenda. Isn’t it obvious? They don’t believe in God so expecting them to support the teachings of the Church is not realistic.

    Walter, your conclusion is correct. O’Malley will never see your e-mail, but someone will and maybe the Holy Spirit will move that person. I think that’s the best we can hope for.

    Homosexuality destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and unbridled sexual license destroyed the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Ours is next, and not too far off in my opinion. Even God’s patience can run out.

  9. says:

    Thank you for your insight on this matter and ways we can speak out against it too.

    Best regards, Ebba Holland

  10. marysong says:

    Father Gruner, the Fatima Priest, sent a letter to his volunteers, as he routinely did, just before he died. He had met Fr. Gabriel Amorth, with whom he was good friends, in Rome. Fr. Amorth is the Vatican Exorcist. Father Amorth said that if Russia was not consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the manner that Our Lady requested, that the more dire portions of the chastisements from God would begin in the middle of October 2015.

    God has given more efficacious power to the Rosary during these chaotic times.

  11. marysong says:

    The great miracle of Fatima was probably the most major of all times. Our Catholic Church is the most supernatural power in the world. They have eclipsed the ‘supernatural’ aspect of our Church.

    Remember it ! Oh please ! Pray the Rosary !

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