Cardinal O’Malley’s Coddling of Homosexual Priests: Part 1

August 29, 2018

In the wake of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, Cardinal McCarrick scandal, explosive disclosure by former U.S. Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Vigano about Pope Francis and “gay networks” in the Catholic Church, and the reported sexuaRainbow-Flagl harassment at St. Johns Seminary, it seems appropriate to highlight the evidence of homosexual activity and open promotion of the gay agenda by ordained clergy that’s been allowed and condoned by the Boston Archdiocesan leadership up to Cardinal O’Malley.

The big question here in Boston is why does Cardinal O’Malley coddle priests who promote homosexuality or even come out that they are “gay”? Here are a few examples of the gay clergy network and/or promotion of homosexuality by clergy in open view in Boston:

St. Cecilia Church in Boston, led by pastor, Fr. John Unni

The church has an active “Rainbow Ministry” for LGBT Catholics that participates in the annual Boston Pride festival, brings in speakers who advance the homosexual agenda, and even tried in 2011 to offer a “liturgy to commemorate Boston Pride”, before a public outcry by faithful Catholics prompted the archdiocese to intervene and order the Mass cancelled. (It was turned into a prayer service and a Mass at a later date). What did the archdiocese say about the pastor who was to celebrate the Gay Pride Mass and who allows the active Rainbow Ministry at his church?  “Fr. Unni has the full confidence and support of the Cardinal and the archdiocese” and “is a great pastor.

Two years after the 2011 scandal, the St. Cecilia Parish bulletin announced “PFLAG-Save the Date!”–the executive director of greater Boston PFLAG would be speaking at the 6pm Mass on Nov. 24, 2013.  PFLAG advocates for accepting homosexual activity as a positive good act, and PFLAG rejects and vilifies the work of Courage, the Catholic way of helping people who have fallen into same-sex sexual activity to live in a chaste manner according to Catholic Church teachings. Faithful Catholic, Alice Slattery, wrote to Cardinal O’Malley to ask him to intervene and prevent the scandalous act during Mass.  Alice recounted what happened:

“I received a letter dated Dec. 23, 2013 from the Cardinal’s Office stating that “Cardinal O’Malley recently celebrated the 125th Anniversary Mass at St. Cecilia’s Parish in Boston. The Church was filled to capacity that day and it is evident that all programs and activities offered at the parish are in accord with the teaching and practice of the Roman Catholic Church.”

The Rainbow Ministry is still going strong today, as evidenced by their recent presence at the 2018 Boston Pride Festival. Recent or frequent speakers at the parish include “married” gay BC prof. John McDargh, Stonehill College’s George Piggford and others who advocate for the homosexual lifestyle and homosexual activity.  They have never promoted a speaker to discuss chastity for those with homosexual attractions.

Fr. Austin Fleming, pastor of Holy Family in Concord

A few years ago, a self-described “happy porn-writing sodomite” wrote a tell-all  book entitled, “Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir.” detailing homosexual debauchery taking place within a Franciscan order and with diocesan priests.  The book includes commentary from interviews with diocesan and religious priests who acknowledge they are gay.  A then-60-year-old diocesan priest, nicknamed “Fr. Butterballino” in the book, admits he’d come out to other priests and parishioners and had attended and blessed four “gay unions.”  A simple Google search revealed the diocesan priest was Fr. Fleming.  BCI posted about this and sent information to the archdiocese along with other faithful Catholics. Here are a few passages from the book

“[Father Butterballino] admitted, “I’ve been to four civil weddings of gay people. It scares the s#(t out of me because those are very public situations. After the rite is over, I do some kind of prayer or blessing. If I’m called on it, I can say I was there and I performed a prayer. I didn’t perform a wedding.”

“When the Brown Bag (Cardinal O’Malley) started issuing statements concerning same-sex marriage and adoption, Fr. Butterballino addressed them directly in his parish bulletins. For example, he wrote that to call gay adoptions “gravely immoral” and a form of violence proved only that those issuing such statements had never spend a second with gay adoptive families.”  (This same passage appeared in the November 5, 2005 letter from Fr. Fleming to parishioners at Holy Family, Concord)

“Trapped in inarticulate yearning, he entered the seminary and was ordained.  ‘We were sexually repressed.  When I committed myself to celibacy I might as well have been committing myself to go to the moon.’  Years after ordination, his sexual feelings emerged. Occasionally he was tempted to act out….Yeah, I’m gay.  He came out to a small circle of fellow priests after the sex abuse scandal.”

“Since the incident with the petitions [in support of a MA constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage], Fr. Butterballino…came out to a member of his parish staff who had learned her son was gay. He had triumphant comings-out to select acquaintances.  He even learned to be open with his parishioners that he was spending his summer vacation in Provincetown, MA, the gay beach mecca.”

Indeed, here is an article where Fr. Fleming talks about his vacation at Herring Cove beach in Provincetown.  Multiple Yelp reviews indicate the beach is “nudity-tolerant” and “gay-accepting.”  “they are at play and not for the straight people to bother… Nudity and cruising and sex in the dunes.”

Why would a chaste priest, even one with an attraction to other men, label himself “gay”?  And why would a chaste priest or one struggling with a same-sex attraction vacation in a gay hotspot and go to a beach known for gay cruising?  And why would Cardinal O’Malley ignore complaints, coddle the priest and do nothing about it?

Msgr. Paul Garrity, currently pastor at Sacred Heart and St. Brigid’s in Lexington

He has been praised by Cardinal O’Malley.  Yet he also put homosexual couples on par with the Holy Family.  At his previous assignment at St. Catherine in Norwood, on the Feast of the Holy Family, Garrity wrote in his parish bulletin:

It is very easy to forget that Mary would have been an unwed mother were it not for Joseph. It is also easy to forget that Joseph was not the natural father of Jesus but became his foster father and protector, along with his new bride Mary…Taken all together, the first family of Christianity reminds us that there is no such thing as normal. Every family is different and this means that we need to broaden our understanding of family life beyond TV sitcoms and applaud the virtues of family living wherever we find them: two parent families, single parent families, blended families, families with two mommies or two daddies and adoptive families.  What is most important is that we continually hold up the family as the instrument that God has chosen to communicate God’s unconditional love to the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society.

What did the archdiocese do in response to complaints about this?  Nothing.  When complaints were lodged with his regional bishop, faithful Catholics were told he had tried to escalate this and get action by Cardinal O’Malley and his concerns were dismissed. In his blog months earlier, Cardinal O’Malley said of Msgr. Garrity, saying he did an extraordinary job at St. Mary’s in Lynn, and “is very focused on promoting Catholic education in Norwood.”

These are just a few examples–we will share more in our next post.  This passage from  a report written between the time when Cardinal Law resigned and Sean O’Malley was appointed archbishop in June of 2003 gives even more perspective:

The sketch of life in the Archdiocese of Boston which follows is based largely on anecdotal evidence and the trustworthy testimony of faithful priests and laymen. While this description is necessarily unscientific, it is offered in good faith in the service of understanding the nature and range of the problems the next Archbishop of Boston must confront.

The Present Situation

Clerical Unchastity

The sexual crimes of the priests accused of molesting minors are but a small token of widespread unchastity among the presbyterate. A significant number of priests, both secular and religious, are engaged in regular sexual behavior (most of it homosexual), either with stable sexual partners or in anonymous encounters with strangers met in bars, parks, or through the Internet. Acceptance of such behavior, excused either with a wink and a nudge on the grounds of human weakness or because of rejection of the Church’s teaching on chastity, encourages further unchastity.

Clerical Homosexuality

Many priests in the Archdiocese, certainly a large minority of the presbyterate and perhaps a slight majority of those between 40 and 60, are homosexual men, and many of those have come to understand themselves by reference to their sexual identity as the gay subculture defines it. The open secret of their homosexuality is closely guarded by the silence of a solid clerical “black wall”, behind which some priests have surrendered completely to the pagan culture of “gay” identity and behavior. Many priests socialize only with other active homosexuals, and in this way loose networks of sexually active priests are formed to protect each other from scrutiny.

The big questions are obvious.  Why does Cardinal O’Malley allow this and coddle priests who encourage or promote homosexual behavior or have “come out” themselves? And how can he claim he is trying to clean-up homosexual activity in St. Johns Seminary when he is allowing it in his presbyterate?  And given that the John Jay report and other studies show the vast majority of the sexual abuse crisis was homosexual activity with teenagers, why isn’t he concerned and talking about the problem of homosexual activity in the clergy? What do you think?

More next post.


St. Johns Seminary Scandal

August 10, 2018

Today Cardinal O’Malley announced that the rector of St. John’s Seminary in Brighton has been placed on leave due to claims by two former seminarians of inappropriate conduct there.  An investigation is now underway.

In a statement reported in the Boston Globe, Cardinal Seán O’Malley said the two former seminarians of St. John’s Seminary recently posted allegations on social media sites including the Archdiocese’s Facebook page that “they witnessed and experienced activities which are directly contrary to the moral standards and requirements of formation for the Catholic priesthood.”

“At this time I am not able to verify or disprove these allegations,” O’Malley said. “As Archbishop of Boston, with responsibility for the integrity of the seminary and its compliance with the Church’s Program for Priestly Formation, I am committed to immediate action to address these serious matters.”

O’Malley said he asked Msgr. James P. Moroney, rector of St. John’s, to go on sabbatical leave for the fall semester, effective immediately so “that there can be a fully independent inquiry regarding these matters.”

O’Malley said he has appointed The Rev. Stephen Salocks, professor of sacred scripture, to serve as interim rector at St. John’s.

A group that includes religious clergy, a college president, and a Boston lawyer “will oversee an inquiry into the allegations made this week, the culture of the seminary regarding the personal standards expected and required of candidates for the priesthood, and any seminary issues of sexual harassment or other forms of intimidation or discrimination,” O’Malley said.

That group includes the Most Rev. Mark O’Connell, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston; Assumption College President Francisco Cesareo, who also serves as president of the USCCB National Review Board, which advises the USCCB on matters of child and youth protection policies and practices; and Boston attorney Kimberly Jones.

The inquiry will be staffed by Attorney Mark Dunderdale, director of the Archdiocesan Office of Professional Standards and Oversight.

O’Malley said he has directed the group, “with due seriousness of their assignment,” to submit their findings to him “as soon as possible,” along with “recommendations to assure appropriate standards of professional behavior in compliance with Church teaching at all levels of seminary life.”

“The allegations made this week are a source of serious concern to me as Archbishop of Boston,” O’Malley said. “The ministry of the Catholic priesthood requires a foundation of trust with the people of the Church and the wider community in which our priests serve. I am determined that all our seminaries meet that standard of trust and provide the formation necessary for priests to live a demanding vocation of service in our contemporary society.”

Specifics on the allegations have not been disclosed publicly by the archdiocese, however based on the tawdry details in the Globe article (see link above), it sounds like some form of sexual harrassment that was reported to a seminary official — the vocations director — and dismissed as insignificant. The official seemingly criticized the victim for over-reacting.

We looked at the Archdiocese of Boston Facebook page and found this:

RCAB facebook

And this post links to this lengthier post from OnePeterFive, “After McCarrick: An Ex-Seminarian Comes Forward”   It’s not for the faint at heart, and if the post on the archdiocesan Facebook page is correct, this post is about St. Johns Seminary.

Hold onto your seats, and stay tuned for more as we learn more.


Boston Pilot Promotes Child-Abuser Cardinal’s Service to Church

June 22, 2018

In the wake of Cardinal McCarrick’s being removed from public ministry over a credible claim of sexual abuse of a minor — plus reports of past sexual activity with adults and associated settlements – it’s disgraceful that the Boston Pilot promoted a puff piece today highlighting McCarrick’s service to the Catholic Church.

This morning, the Boston Pilot emailed thousands of people on their email a message with the subject, “Cardinal McCarrick’s 60 years of ministry had global impact.”  Here’s the email sent to BCI by an astute reader.

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The email linked to a piece posted on the Pilot’s website and syndicated from Catholic News Service.  After someone called the Pilot and complained about how inappropriate this post was, it was promptly taken down.  Still, one wonders how something this bad got posted and broadly distributed by The Boston Pilot in the first place, and we are asking readers to contact the Pilot’s leadership to complain and ask for an explanation.

Cardinal McCarrick’s sexual abuse of a minor and sexual harrassment of adults has been broadly reported.  Here are just a few articles:

Cardinal McCarrick removed from public ministry after sex abuse allegation (CNN)

Cardinal McCarrick, former archbishop, alleged to have sexually abused minor (USA Today)

Cardinal McCarrick’s abuse has been a widely known secret for years (Lifesite News)

Beyond the horror of the abuse of an altar boy, McCarrick was well known for forcing himself on seminarians and young priests, and two settlements were reached adults.  According to Lifesite News:

The cardinal is alleged to have used his position to prey upon young men under his authority — with a penchant for inviting seminarians or young priests to sleep in the same bed with him — and no one willing to speak up, afraid of repercussions from blowing the whistle on the well-connected cardinal.

It is disgraceful and cruel to victims of this abusive behavior that the Boston Pilot would go out of its way to promote the “global impact” of McCarrick’s 60 years of ministry.  Is no one in Braintree concerned about the emotional trauma and negative impact of his sexual abuse and harrassment on the victims McCarrick preyed on?

Someone needs to explain how a decision was made to promote this piece and who didn’t realize how disrespectful and downright stupid it was to email it out to Pilot readers and post a link to it online.  And CNS is equally disrespectful for writing it in the first place.

Take a moment to email the Boston Pilot leadership to let them know you want an explanation for why this happened and how they will ensure it never happens again.  And also, please email Catholic News Service and ask them to take down their piece.

Boston Pilot Editor, Antonio Enrique: aenrique@thebostonpilot.com
Bishop Robert Reed:  bishopreed@rcab.org
CNS Editor, Greg Erlander: cns@catholicnews.com

Keep us posted if you get a response.

 

 

 

 


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