Take Action: Stop ISIS and Genocide in Iraq, Help those Persecuted

September 9, 2014

For many weeks now, we have heard the tragic news of the slaughter of thousands of innocent people in Iraq by ISIS, while the response from the U.S government has been tepid and ineffective. In this post, you will learn exactly what you can do to help stop ISIS and the genocide of Christians in Iraq, and help aide those affected in Iraq. Your action on this is critical!

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calls ISIS an “imminent threat” to every interest we have. Two American journalists have been beheaded. Reports of brutality and evil are so horrific they are beyond words–innocent children beheaded, men crucified, women being raped, people forced from their homes if they do not renounce their Christian faith and convert to Islam. But despite these evil acts, there is a sense that the outrage of the average citizen and a mass outrage by society is not being voiced or heard as much as it could be and needs to be.

On August 29, Chaldean Catholic Church “AFTER A MONTH OF THEIR DISPLACEMENT,  THE CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ ARE GOING EXTINCT!”leader, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako authored this letter with an impassioned plea to the international community to speak up and act in defense of Iraqi Christians and other persecuted minorities in the country. He is begging the international community to help:

Patriarch Sako: One Month Since Their Displacement, Iraqi Christians Are ‘Becoming Extinct’

Patriarch Sako says pressure must be put on “decision-makers at home and abroad to ensure a life, free and safe, for them in their own Iraq.

A whole month passed after the plight of Iraqi Christians and Yezidis and other minorities, as if it was meant to be. The curtains have been drawn on the painful events, and 120,000 Christians are uprooted from their historical homeland because the Political Islam does not want them there, and the world is silent, standing still, either because it approves or because it is incapable of acting. This encourages ISIS to move forward with its ferocious war against culture and diversity and threatening the intellectual and social security. The suffering of the displaced Christians and other minorities is mounting: their needs are escalating and their fears of an unknown future of their shocked children, seized towns, and looted houses keep them sleepless! These people were living in their hometowns in prosperity, pride and dignity; in the blink of an eye, they were ousted from their homes, terrified and fleeing on foot in search of a shelter. It is a scene that takes us back to the dark centuries of the past although it has become a horrific reality of our present civilization!

What these peaceful Christians and loyal citizens experienced is a real genocide, a sad ending, and a proof of the privation of the religious, human, moral, and national values. Therefore, it is a shameful stain in history. Everybody should know is a threat for all!   (more)

 ISIS has already declared they will go after western targets next. What can you do?  Plenty. Here is what you can do immediately:

  1. Contact the White House to urge stronger action against ISIS and to protect Iraqi Christians. Specifically, call President Obama’s deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes. Phone: 202-456-9301.  (Note, the phone will probably be answered as “Resource Center.” Ask for Ben Rhodes’ office to be passed to his administrator so you can leave a message.  Here is a suggested message, but feel free to modify and make it your own:

“Hi, my name is ____ calling from ___ [state]. I’d like for Mr. Rhodes to pass my feedback to President Obama. I’m calling to urge the President to take the strongest direct military action possible to destroy ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, and to also act to provide the most extensive humanitarian assistance possible to the 120,000 Christians and other minorities forced from their homes and persecuted by ISIS for their religious beliefs.  Can you assist me by giving this message to Mr. Rhodes?”

2. Contact your U.S. Senators and Reps by phone asking them to urge the President to take stronger action.  Use the same message as above, but say you are calling to ask the Senator/Rep to ask the President to take the strongest action possible to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria and to help the 120,000 Christians and other minorities forced from their homes and at risk of genocide.  Click here to find the phone number for your Senator or Rep. (just enter your zip code, or click on your state)

3. Make a donation to support humanitarian relief to the Iraqi Christians.  Click here for the website of HelpIraq, which will let you make a donation to the medical emergency relief fund for Christian Iraqis. All donations will go to help the Chistian refugees in Iraq, who desperately need your help.

4. Share this message.  Ask others to take action by forwarding this email to friends, family members and co-workers. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites.  Forward it to your favorite blogger or news outlet and ask them to post it.

5. Email Cardinal Sean O’Malley and ask him to ask the US Catholic Bishops to all run a second collection to support humanitarian relief for the Iraqi Christians. Send to these two emails:  archbishopsean_o’malley@rcab.org and Terrence_Donilon@rcab.org.

6. Pray.  Pray a Rosary today, and start a 54-day Rosary Novena for the intention of the Iraqi Christians and the destruction of ISIS.

It is said that evil triumphs when good men do nothing. We cannot allow the evil of ISIS to continue.  Your actions can make a difference, so do take the time today to let Washington know you feel it is urgent the President take action, share this message with others, and also please do whatever you can to support the persecuted Iraqi Christians and minorities.

 

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Cardinal O’Malley Hosting Obama at Cathedral for Interfaith Prayer Service

April 17, 2013

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is hosting an Opinioninterfaith prayer service on Thursday at 11am in memory of the victims of Monday’s horrific Boston Marathon bombing.  President Obama is headlining the event. Gov. Deval Patrick, and Boston Mayor Tom Menino will be there, along with Cardinal O’Malley.

We absolutely need to pray for the victims of this evil act. Within hours after the blast, Cardinal O’Malley issued a statement, “The Archdiocese of Boston joins all people of good will in expressing deep sorrow following the senseless acts of violence perpetrated at the Boston Marathon today.”  The 8-year-old boy who died in the blast was identified as Martin Richard, whose family belongs to St. Ann Catholic Parish in Dorchester. His mother and sister were seriously injured.

It also makes sense to promote a message of hope in response to the tragedy to those who are both Catholic and of other faiths. Cardinal O’Malley also said in his statement, “We stand in solidarity with our ecumenical and interfaith colleagues in the commitment to witness the greater power of good in our society and to work together for healing.” Hopefully, people across the country are praying in their own places of worship and according to their respective faiths.

It also is understandable that President Obama, Gov. Patrick, Mayor Menino, and Cardinal O’Malley would make public appearances in support of the victims, their families and all who are affected by the horror of what happened on Monday.

But this headline news is troubling: “Obama to Lead Interfaith Service in South End on Thursday.” Despite the good intentions, an “interfaith prayer service” headlined by President Obama at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Cross just feels bad for a number of reasons–practical, political and spiritual.

On a practical basis, one obvious concern as stated at The Tenth Crusade is that instead of looking for the murderer, police power and resources now shift to a Presidential appearance.

Politically, although it is appropriate for the President of the United States to make an appearance in Boston to offer condolences and support, the effect will likely be a political boost to his popularity. And he is doing so in a Catholic Church and the Mother Church of the Boston Archdiocese with the permission, support and imprimatur of Cardinal O’Malley.

We have Obama as no doubt the most anti-Catholic President in history–he is pro-abortion and favors the killing of children in the womb, and his HHS mandate threatens religious freedom for the Catholic Church, Catholic organizations, and any business or organization that operates with Catholic values. Under Obama, the U.S. Army Reserves recently published a training brief on “Extremism & Extremist Organization,” (covering militias, neo-Nazis, Islamic extremism, terrorism and gangs) which listed Catholicism and evangelical Christianity as examples of religious extremism, along with groups including al Qaeda, Hamas and the Ku Klux Klan.  His actions–and those of his administration–give the very clear message that he hates the Catholic Church and opposes our teachings and moral values.  Despite this, on Thursday, we will have the most pro-abortion anti-Catholic president in history, appearing with one of the most pro-abortion governors in the country and the pro-abortion Mayor of Boston, complemented nicely for photo opps by the chair of the USCCB pro-life committee, Cardinal O’Malley, all talking about the senseless loss of life. What message does this give? When it is the senseless murder of adults it is wrong, but we will forget about the senseless murder of the unborn for today’s photo opp?

More important than the practical and political concerns are the spiritual ones of such an interfaith gathering. As we all know, our church teaches us that outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation, because salvation is the Church. This is the dogma of extra ecclesiam nulla salus, which literally means, “outside the church there is no salvation.”  This dogma and its infallibility have been reaffirmed on many occasions. Pope Pius IX said in 1854: “We must hold as of the faith, that out of the Apostolic Roman Church there is no salvation; that she is the only ark of safety, and whosoever is not in her perishes in the deluge.”

Given that reality, how it that Cardinal O’Malley can be comfortable with any “common language for us to pray together” representing the breadth of religious traditions in the city that those organizing the service hope to find–and that happening in the Mother Church of the archdiocese ?  Those involved as of now include the Massachusetts Council of Churches, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, and clergy from First Church Cambridge, Old South Church, Trinity Church, Arlington Street Church and First Church Boston.

How can there be a “common language” for prayer amongst Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Protestantism and other faiths?

Is it at any time appropriate for there to be an “interfaith service” in a Catholic Church, let alone the Cathedral? Will the Body of Christ still be reserved in the Sanctuary too?

In this interfaith service, will there be any mention that the Catholic Church is the Church founded by Our Lord, and it is necessary to be in it for eternal salvation?

Will there be any mention that the Protestants and people of other faiths in attendance are in error, which could condemn their souls to Hell?

One could argue that gathering people together of all faiths to mourn and pray together is a good thing, and that in this time of tragedy, non-Catholics would not take well to being evangelized by the Catholic Church.  Both are valid points and reasons to criticize BCI for this post. But those arguments ignore the fundamental error of the interfaith gathering in a Catholic Church.

To not oppose error, and not instruct people in a charitable and pastorally kind way that they are in error would be to support that error and/or be an accessory to that error. For Catholics who participate, it also risks giving the appearance we are okay with polytheism.

People of all faiths should pray for the victims of the Monday tragedy and for the conversion of the soul of the murderer. If folks want an interfaith gathering to pray for the victims of the horrible tragedy of Monday, that should simply not be in a Catholic Church. And since dialogue with Obama (ie. Notre Dame commencement, the Al Smith Dinner, private negotiations over the HHS mandate) has not moderated his anti-Catholic positions, BCI believes we should not create scandal by having him speak as a featured guest and publicly-acknowledged “leader” of the interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross with the imprimatur of the Archbishop of Boston.


iPhone vs Droid

May 22, 2011

Before we get into the topic for today, our heartiest congratulations to six Boston priests ordained yesterday: Fathers Michael J. Farrell, Sean P. Hurley, FPO, Mark W. Murphy, John A. D’Arpino, Carlos D. Suarez, and Andrew Kwang Lee!

Longtime readers might look at the subject of this post and initially wonder what kind of incense BCI has been sniffing lately.  Bear with us for just one minute, as events of recent weeks brought BCI to think about Apple vs Google and the smartphone battle of the iPhone vs the Droid.  There are two reasons for our bringing this up.

First, and most importantly, as many people know, Apple and Google have competing agendas–the most obvious of those is that the iPhone from Apple competes against the Droid (whose Android operating system comes from Google). For several years, when Apple and Google did not yet have competing agendas, Dr. Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, served on the Apple Board of Directors.  In 2009, when it became obvious that Google and Apple were competing in smartphones and operating systems, Schmidt resigned from the Board.  Here is an excerpt from the August 3 2009 resignation announcement from Apple:

Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”

Let us now bring this matter of competing agendas back to the Catholic Church and the Archdiocese of Boston.  In carrying on the saving ministry of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church has part of her agenda the defense of life, the poor, and the most vulnerable in society.  See this excerpt from a piece by the USCCB entitled, “The Catholic Church is a Pro-Life Church.”:

All persons, not just Catholics, can know from the scientific and medical evidence that what grows in a mother’s womb is a new, distinct human being. All persons can understand that each human being — without discrimination — merits respect. At the very least, respecting human life excludes the deliberate and direct destruction of life — and that is exactly what abortion is.

Catholics are also pro-life because our Christian tradition is pro-life. As Pope John Paul II says, Christians believe that “all human life is sacred, for it is created in the image and likeness of God.” Aborting an unborn child destroys a unique creation which God has called specially into existence.

Christian teaching also obliges us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, who spoke and acted strongly and compassionately in favor of the most despised and vulnerable persons in society. Jesus touched lepers, spoke with prostitutes, and showed special mercy and tenderness to the sick, the poor, and children. Our society today has many vulnerable persons — including women in crisis pregnancies as well as unborn children whose lives may be legally ended at any time during pregnancy and for any reason. In the tradition of Jesus Christ, Catholics have a responsibility to speak and act in defense of these persons. This is part of our “preferential option” for the poor and powerless.

Given the above, if a member of a key canonically-required council of the Archdiocese of Boston is himself actively advancing an agenda opposed to that of the Catholic Church’s defense of the unborn, is that not an unreconcilable conflict of interest?  Would the National Rifle Association find it permissible to keep on their Board of Directors someone working to advance political candidates who favor stronger gun-control laws? One might reasonably ask, how could someone who supports stronger gun-control laws even productively contribute to advancing the agenda of the NRA as a Board memer?  Would Planned Parenthood find it acceptable to keep on their Board of Directors someone fundraising to advance pro-life political candidates?  How could the two agendas possibly co-exist?

When Apple found that the outside agenda of a Board member had evolved to one where there were conflicts and competition with the agenda Apple had, they found a way to recognize the prior good work of the Board member and have him resign on good terms. Since Jack Connors obviously has an agenda of raising funds for political candidates who support abortion, such as President Obama, and that pro-abortion agenda is in conflict with that of the Catholic Church, BCI believes that unless Jack Connors experiences a change of heart, there is no other outcome other than one like Apple and former board member, Eric Schmidt, came to.

Secondly, BCI is in the market for a smartphone.  We are considering the iPhone vs the Droid, both via Verizon.  Cost factors aside, we are curious as to what BCI readers think of one vs the other.  We care primarily about email, web browsing, and the ability to type easily.  (Some here at BCI are fast touch-typists, used to the agility of a computer keyboard or smartphone with actual keys).  Do you use a smartphone?  If so, please take a few seconds to indicate which one in the poll below:

Feel free to comment on the ongoing Jack Connors conundrum in comments.  And if you have an Iphone, Droid, or other smartphone that you are passionabe about, you can also let us know what you think of them in the comments.


Stop the Scandal: Part 2

May 19, 2011

The scandal over Archdioese’s Financial Council Institutional Advancement Committee chair, Jack Connors, having run a $2M fund-raising extravaganza at his Brookline home for President Obama continues, and if you have not yet signed the “Stop the Scandal” petition, we urge all readers to do so. (click the graphic to the right).  Please also pass this on to your like-minded friends and family members.

As one commenter put it, “Advancing the most powerful supporter of abortion in this country is NOT what the chair of the Boston Archdiocese Finance Council Institutional Advancement Committee should be advancing.”  That is not all that is at stake here. Although BCI has approached this in the area of our key focus, governance of the archdiocese, as “Objective Observer” objectively observed in comments today, there is much more to the story where Jack Connors, Cardinal O’Malley, and others could do better.

Here is the comment from “Objective Observer” (with minor BCI edits) which merits reading by Cardinal O’Malley, his cabinet, the Papal Nuncio, the Congregation of Bishops, and a lot more.

Abortion stops a beating heart. Period. Cardinal Sean O’Malley would come to tears telling you how passionately he feels about this. Real tears.

The question is, what does he DO about it?

The only point I would disagree with in this BCI posting is that there is a long list of action and inaction by Cardinal O’Malley that is inconsistent with promoting a culture of life — not just his pitiful obeisance to Jack Connors and Bryan Hehir. The cardinal archbishop of Boston demonstrates a pattern of lip service followed by a hollow fog, fading to darkness, in lieu of action.

My own view is not that Randall Terry is the answer, nor even legislative effort. Changing the way we understand abortion and the women who seek it, and changing the way we behave toward them and their children, will lead to an answer.

If indeed Sean Patrick is the “pastor” (think Latin) of his flock, he is called to consistently and frequently behave as if he believes that abortion stops a beating heart. He must publicly teach that the fragile women who seek abortions, and their children, not yet born, at risk of death, need everyone’s support. He needs to privately call out Jack Connors, and publicly ask him what he’s done lately to help the most vulnerable among us — women who can see no other solution than abortion, and their children who deserve life (and a good one at that). Are these not as worthy as those who receive face transplants, and “miracle” cancer cures at Jack Connors’ hospitals? Where’s the Partners Healthcare PR about supporting women at risk of abortion and their babies who need to breathe life?

But we need to change, too. We need to understand that the woman who is sufficiently desperate to seek an abortion will tell you that her primary “problem” is not that she is pregnant. It is homelessness, or violent physical abuse, or substance use, or some very real and desperate fear of the responsibility for this child, that takes her to an abortion provider. But once the abortion is over, the problems she took into the clinic with her remain. The only difference is that she isn’t pregnant. And she has a new problem… the day she eventually wakes up — and it is inevitable — and realizes that her child died. All in all, a messier conversation than, “Abortion is wrong.” Takes a lot more thought and work.

But Sean doesn’t want to do the work… to speak up. He doesn’t want to demand that his well-heeled friends support these women and their fragile, unborn children. Why? Because Bryan Hehir won’t LET him. Hehir will let him walk in the Boston Life Walk in October (though note Hehir, who oversees “Life” from his cabinet position, does not appear), and he will let him “march” in DC in January. But that’s about it. No point “offending” people and “marginalizing” himself by stirring up the conversation that Hehir proclaims (and I heard him say this) “will never be solved in our lifetime.” If that’s the most rigorous intellectual argument Hehir can raise for the cardinal’s cowering at a public discourse on alternatives to abortion, the Kennedy School of Government is not getting its money’s worth letting Hehir occupy an endowed chair.

To Bryan Hehir: Among problems that will not be solved in your (or my) lifetime: Homelessness, cancer, and not even baldness. But WE will be judged — not on some progress measured by the arbitrary yardstick of our lifetime — but by the quality and effectiveness of our efforts to provide another way for these women and their children.

Sean flunks the test because he demonstrates a consistent and longstanding pattern of mere lip service to an abortion conversation, and utterly fails to rally the likes of Jack Connors in the support of abortion alternatives in Boston. Why? He fails to act solely in deference to Bryan Hehir’s undue influence and insatiable addiction for political expediency. Sean doesn’t flunk merely by bowing down to Jack Connors, and failing to send him packing from the Finance Council. He fails utterly because he has a longstanding pattern of failing to act to find another way for these women and their children. FACTA NON VERBA, Sean.

And that’s why you who read BCI should write to the nuncio.

With that, here is how to do something about this situation.  Click on the “Stop the Scandal” graphic to the right, fill out the form with your name and whatever other information you feel comfortable entering, click “Send the Letter”, verify your information is correct, and click “Submit.”  An email or fax will then be sent to the Holy Father, Cardinal O’Malley, the U.S. Papal Nuncio Archbishop Sambi, the Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the Congregation for Clergy.

For BCI readers who like the typical fare of excessive salaries, deception and corruption, we will get back to that shortly.


Stop the Scandal

May 18, 2011

In follow-up of our most recent post, “Continuing Connors Code of Conduct Conundrum” and the comments we received on it, we are giving readers a chance to voice their views on the matter to Cardinal O’Malley and the Holy See.

As readers know by now, Finance Council member, Jack Connors, is publicly supporting and raising money for pro-abortion politicians at the same time he is raising money for Catholic schools, has Finance Council oversight for archdiocesan fundraising and is influencing the direction of Catholic education. In the Boston Globe today (“Cash brings Obama back to town“) Jack said that after meeting Obama in 2007, he and his wife were “really impressed’’ and believe he has lived up to their expectations during his years in the White House. Connors said he believes the president has been a good role model.

As a reader commented in our previous post, this is not a matter of political/ideological labels such as “liberal” or “conservative.”  It is a matter of how we should live and practice the Catholic faith, and this also affects governance of the Church.  Though BCI may differ with the Cardinal and archdiocese on certain matters of governance, this is one area where–at least in principle–we do find commonality. Cardinal O’Malley has said that support for pro-abortion politicians “borders on scandal,” and the new Code of Conduct backs that position by saying that public and private conduct of church personnel must be consistent with Catholic Church teachings and exemplify the Church’s moral traditions.

Ensuring that Church leaders responsible for governance (or who influence governance) conduct themselves consistent with Church teachings and moral traditions is a sound practice as far as BCI is concerned.  That is not happening here.

If you are concerned about this situation and would like to ask Cardinal O’Malley and the Holy See to do something about it, please just click on the graphic to the right “Stop the Scandal” and you can write to Holy Father, Cardinal O’Malley, the Papal Nuncio, the Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, and the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.  The text of the message is below:

I respectfully request that the Holy See help address the ongoing problem of moral scandal in the Boston Archdiocese.

On May 18, a Finance Council member with oversight for fundraising and influence over Catholic schools, Jack Connors, hosted a highly-publicized $2 million fundraiser for President Obama at his home. Obama has voted against banning partial birth abortion and commemorated Roe v Wade in January 2011 saying he is committed to protecting women’s “constitutional right” to an abortion. Connors has been quoted in newspapers recently saying that he and his wife were “both smitten” and “really impressed’’ after meeting Obama in 2007 and believe he has lived up to their expectations in the White House. In 2009, Connors publicly endorsed pro-abortion political candidate Attorney General Martha Coakley, and he is also chair of Partners Healthcare, whose Brigham and Women’s Hospital is one of the largest abortion providers in Massachusetts.

Although Cardinal O’Malley has said it is “bordering on scandal” for Catholics to support pro-abortion political candidates and a new archdiocesan code of conduct policy says the conduct of church personnel must be consistent with Catholic Church teachings and exemplify the Church’s moral traditions, Mr. Connors is allowed to continue in a prominent archdiocesan leadership and advisory role while publicly supporting pro-abortion candidates and while his Partners Healthcare profits from performing abortions. This scandalizes and undermines the faith of the people under the Archbishop of Boston’s pastoral care. It also affects the ability of the archdiocese to continue the Catholic Church’s good works and the saving ministry of Jesus Christ.

With the salvation of souls at stake, I respectfully request that you act decisively in whatever way you deem appropriate to address this grave concern.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

If you agree with this viewpoint, then please fill out the form with your name and address, click “Send the letter,” review your information, and click “Submit.”  If you do not agree with this viewpoint,  you simply need not fill out the form.

To BCI critics who feel this is an inappropriate topic for BCI to take up, we would simply reiterate the following.  The Catholic Church is a private organization and as part of good governance, it makes sense to us that Church leaders charged with governance should conduct themselves in a manner consistent with Church teachings that does not work against the moral traditions of the Church or against the mission of archdiocesan organizations.  If that is not happening or we have concerns we wish to raise, Canon. 212 §3 tells us the faithful “have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with  their knowledge, competence and position, to manifest to the sacred Pastors their views on matters which concern the good of the Church.”

That is what we are doing.


Continuing Connors Code of Conduct Conundrum

May 16, 2011

The newspapers are abuzz with stories about President Obama having returned to Boston on Wednesday, May 18,  for two political fundraisers.  One of them, at the Brookline home of Finance Council Institutional Advancement committee chair, Jack Connors, is sold out and was expected to raise $2 million for the President as described in this May 3 Boston Globe article, “Connors adds campaign fundraising to philanthropy.”  If you would like to do something about the scandal, click the “Stop the Scandal” graphic to the right.

We wrote about this on May 4 in “Is Archdiocesean Anti-Corruption Effort Corrupted and Conflicted?”  BCI brings this up once again because of what seems to still be an unresolved conflict between Jack’s actions and the Archdiocese’s new Code of Conduct, and we hope to help Cardinal O’Malley and the archdiocese avoid the sort of scandal to the faithful that Cardinal O’Malley himself has warned against.

It boils down to this. Jack Connors, by virtue of his service on the Finance Council and Campaign for Catholic Schools is considered to be in the category of “Church Personnel,” who now needs to abide by the Code of Conduct.  Reader, “Joann” and others reminded us over the weekend that the Code of Conduct says the following:

“Church Personnel will conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as enunciated by the Holy Father and the Bishops in communion with him.  More specifically, Church Personnel shall, in all such matter, accept, rely upon, and defer to the teaching authority of the Archbishop in all matters of faith and morals.” …

Church Personnel will continually and objectively examine and evaluate their own actions and intentions to ensure that their behavior promotes the welfare of the Archdiocese and each applicable Archdiocesan Affiliated Organization and exemplifies the moral traditions of the Church.

Here is the exact passage for those who want to see it in context:

There is no question that the moral tradition of the Catholic Church opposes abortion–as do certain applicable Archdiocesan Affiliated organizations–and there is little doubt that President Obama is pro-abortion (see “Obama recalls Roe v. Wade, backs abortion rights” and “Barack Obama on Abortion“).

So, can Jack, through his public and private actions, serve as chair of Partners Healthcare (one of the largest abortion providers in the state), raise money for pro-abortion politicians such as President Obama, endorse them, lead faithful Catholics and others to vote for them, and presumably vote for them himself, while also somehow promoting the welfare of the Archdiocese and each applicable Archdiocesan Affiliated Organization and exemplifying the moral traditions of the Church?

As we all know, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, in a 2007 interview with the Boston Globe, acknowledged that Catholic voters in Massachusetts generally support Democratic candidates who are in favor of abortion rights, said, “I think that, at times, it borders on scandal as far as I’m concerned.”

So how does Jack’s very public support for candidates who favor abortion rights reconcile with Church moral teachings, the Code of Conduct policy and the Cardinal’s own belief that it borders on scandal?

Here are a few excerpts from the May 3 Globe article:

Connors adds campaign fundraising to philanthropy

Jack Connors and his wife, Eileen, are hosting President Obama at their Brookline home on May 18. The event is the latest example of the advertising executive’s expansion from traditional philanthropy work to political fundraising.

By Glen Johnson, Globe Staff

When Vice President Joe Biden wanted to meet the right people in March to set up the fundraising apparatus for his and President Obama’s reelection committee, it was Jack Connors who greeted him at his 60th floor office in the John Hancock Tower and then took him down two flights for a reception he put together.

And when Obama comes to Boston in a couple weeks to ask for cash itself, it will be Connors again who welcomes him, this time at his Brookline home.

The president will leave with about $2 million from a dinner that is already sold out.

The back-to-back events highlight Connors’s connection to the White House, as well as his expansion from the philanthropy and foundation work that has followed his successful career founding the advertising powerhouse Hill Holliday.

Connors has now gotten into political fundraising after a courtship begun by Obama two years before he was elected president in 2008.

First, Obama aides asked Connors to come to Washington to sit down with the then-senator. No dice, said Connors. He encouraged his caller to have Obama ring him the next time he was in Boston.

A couple months later, the aides called back, asking Connors and his wife, Eileen, to ride with Obama from Barnstable Airport to a fundraiser in Chatham. The couple agreed.

“I got in the car with him, kind of took the measure of him, and he did the same to me,” Connors recalled on the telephone late last week. “By the time we got to Chatham, we were both smitten.”

Connors, a millionaire many times over who is dedicated to helping those in need, said he was impressed by Obama’s practice of being friendly to everyone he met, from the police officer who escorted him to the waitstaff in the hotel.

Connors ended up introducing Obama at three Boston fundraisers during the 2008 campaign, but he largely receded into the background after the president was elected.

His more recent focus has been raising the $120 million needed to build and endow the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Dorchester.

Yet as Obama and Biden gear up their reelection effort, Connors feels compelled to help. His fundraiser is generating $35,800 per couple.

“A lot of my friends who have made a bunch of money like I did are Republicans, and I’m still tied to being a Democrat, and I think the president said it right the other day: ‘It’s about values,'” he said….

Despite the dinner he’s hosting May 18, which will take place after Obama holds a mass fundraiser at the Cyclorama in the South End, Connors said he has no plans to extend his work beyond Massachusetts — or seek some kind of reward, diplomatic or otherwise, if the president is reelected.

By means of contrast, here is what Cardinal O’Malley said in the Boston Globe on November 15, 2007.

“I think the Democratic Party, which has been in many parts of the country traditionally the party which Catholics have supported, has been extremely insensitive to the church’s position, on the gospel of life in particular, and on other moral issues,” O’Malley said.

Acknowledging that Catholic voters in Massachusetts generally support Democratic candidates who are in favor of abortion rights, O’Malley said, “I think that, at times, it borders on scandal as far as I’m concerned.”

“However, when I challenge people about this, they say, ‘Well, bishop, we’re not supporting [abortion rights],’ ” he said. “I think there’s a need for people to very actively dissociate themselves from those unacceptable positions,

BCI struggles to see this in anything other than black-and-white terms. Since Jack is supporting pro-abortion politicians and failing to dissociate himself from that unacceptable position,  then it would seem to BCI that Cardinal O’Malley feels Jack’s actions border on scandal.  It has been pointed out to BCI over the weekend that Connors’ actions also work against applicable pro-life Archdiocesan Affiliated Organizations and against the moral traditions of the Church, which objectively constitutes a breach of the Code of Conduct.

According to the Code of Conduct, Church personnel who disregard or violate the code “will be subject to remedial action. This action can take several forms, from an oral or written warning to removal and termination of employment or services.”

Beyond the necessity of prayer, what else should be done about the continuing Connors Code of Conduct conundrum?  Has Jack been warned to cancel the fundraiser with Obama on Wednesday or face remedial action such as a verbal or written warning or termination of his services? Is the new Code of Conduct that took many months to write and approve not enforceable?  Or is the archdiocese simply not keen to do something about this Code of Conduct conundrum because it’s Jack Connors?

What do you think is the best way to help the salvation of all of the souls involved and also stop the scandal?

UPDATE: In addition to prayer, one thing you can do is sign our petition to the Holy See. Click the “Stop the Scandal” graphic to the right for next steps.


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