Sunday, December 19, 2010

Open Letter to Anne Fox and Mass Citizens for Life Asking Them to Withdraw Howie Carr Invitation

-----Original Message-----
To: Anne Fox, Officers & Directors of MCFL
Sent: Sun, Dec 19, 2010 11:20 am
Subject: Please Withdraw Invitation to Howie Carr


Dear Anne,

I'm writing to request the invitation to Howie Carr as a featured speaker at the Assembly for Life be withdrawn.

Howie Carr is a political media personality that can be entertaining but he is not a pro-lifer. Whatever positions he holds that seem to be common ground are not common ground with a Catholic pro-life organization. His opposition to Obamacare is not grounded in the sanctity of life, it is fiscal and big government related opposition. Though we can chum around with him at the Harvard Club and laugh at his moonbat jokes, he does not belong as the featured speaker at the Assembly of Life.

More importantly, Howie Carr is vulgar and vile critic of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord. The Sacrament and price of our the salvation of our souls is regularly cheapened and spat upon. I was told that as recently as the past few weeks, he proclaimed that "90% of of Catholic priests are pedophiles".

I vehemently object to and am outraged by this invitation and will be taking an active role in lobbying others to request that you withdraw this invitation. If you fail to immediately do so, I will be lobbying our Catholic priests, high-ranking leaders to boycott the event.

The mission of Mass Citizens for Life is a "pro-life" organization whose members and supporters are Catholics who politically organize to have their convictions represented in the various processes of defining civil and constitutional law.

Somewhere along the way, it capitulated to a political organization that identifies with and endorses pro-choice politicians. It tumbled from the primary mission of getting candidates who oppose Roe v. Wade on the ballot and getting out the ground troops to get them elected, to finding common ground with prochoice candidates on ancillary issues and re-characterizing their support of Roe v. Wade as acceptable enough to get a pro-life endorsement from the major Catholic pro-life political machine in Massachusetts.

I am sorry to say, this Howie Carr invitation is adding fuel to the overall impression that MCFL's trajectory is furthering itself as a Catholic political organization and becoming a political shill for fiscal conservatives who wish to use it as a tool.

St. Joseph, chaste guardian of the Virgin, protector of The Holy Church, pray for us.

Carol McKinley

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Fri, Dec 17, 2010 2:12 pm

December 17, 2010

Anne Fox, President
Massachusetts Citizens For Life
The Schrafft Center
529 Main Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

Dear Anne,

We were astonished to learn that Howie Carr will be featured at MCFL's Annual Assembly For Life on January 16th. Carr is a notorious Catholic-basher with a long record of vicious and gratuitous attacks on the Catholic Religion.

On April 8, 1998 --- Wednesday in Holy Week --- in response to a decision by the Red Sox to forgo alcohol sales in Fenway Park because Opening Day would fall on Good Friday, Carr hosted a segment on his program in which he invited listeners to comment on selling "Catholic Eucharists for $3.49 a bag" as a substitute for beer. The result was a half hour of offensive slurs profaning the Blessed Sacrament.

In one particularly vile episode later in 1998, in a conversation between Carr and his producer Doug Goudie evidently intended to disparage Arabs, it was asserted that shepherds in the Middle East had unnatural relations with the animals in their flocks. Into this depraved subject the name of Saint Joseph --- the Virgin Spouse of the Virgin Mother of God --- was introduced. Saint Joseph was then misidentified as a shepherd.

In an interview with Malachy McCourt, Carr laughed and snickered over McCourt's assertion that the late Francis Cardinal Spellman was not only a homosexual but a pedophile. Carr went on to recount a story alleging that an episcopal ring was found by police in a homosexual brothel, implying that the ring belonged to Spellman.

In January, 2002, Carr hosted a segment in which he asked his listeners " Are you ashamed to be a Catholic?", during which he boasted that he never went to Mass. All throughout the molestation crisis of 2002, Carr contemptuously referred to the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston as "Bernie Law", and on November 29th of that year the Boston Herald published a column by Carr in which he described the Cardinal as "a Bulger bum kisser."

Hispanic Catholics, with their large families and culture of life, are the future of the Church and the Pro-Life movement in America. Howie Carr however, is not only an anti-Catholic but a crude nativist. One of the recurring themes of his program is the attempt to link illegal immigrants to crime. A particularly offensive gimmick is his habit of playing Mexican music while reading the names of criminal suspects with Hispanic surnames. This hostility to Hispanics and immigrants places Cardinal O'Malley, or whoever represents him from the Archdiocese of Boston, in the embarrassing position of sharing a stage with someone who boorishly castigates some of the neediest members of his flock.

In a Catholic community which has a significant number of Eastern Rite Catholics of Lebanese and Syrian descent (the Melkite Cathedral is in West Roxbury) it is unimaginable that MCFL would actually provide a platform to a rabble rousing shock jock who has described Arabs in the past as "towelheads".

Inviting Howie Carr to address the Assembly for Life is an act of monumental ingratitude to elected officials who defended the right to life and came to the aid of MCFL in difficult times. Men such as William Bulger, Ray Flynn, Thomas Finneran, and the late Jim Craven have been the victims of vulgar insults, venomous denunciations, and malevolent diatribes by this spiteful demagogue.

A larger issue here is why an organization with a predominantly Christian membership would want to showcase a public figure whose life and career embody such a cynical negation of Christian values. Howie Carr is infamous for his uncharitableness of speech, his lack of compassion, and his sneering contempt for the objects of his scorn. He preys upon the vulnerable, exploits the misfortunes of others, incites rancor and envy, and has grown rich by his indifference to the Eighth Commandment. He mocks the Church, derides the poor, maligns men who have more integrity than he does, and has ridiculed the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Inviting such a miserable creature to address an organization dedicated to the sanctity and dignity of human life is an affront to the Christian religion and everything the Pro-Life movement professes to uphold.

We urge you to reconsider this improvident decision and cancel the invitation to this inappropriate choice for a speaker.


Daniel T. Flatley C. J. Doyle
Chairman Emeritus Executive Director

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts


Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

Carol, please be prepared to picket the event. Tell them that you'll do so, should they not rescind that invitation. If they don't reply to you that they will, I'd make that the next "sabre to rattle" over their heads in subsequent communications.

It may come to that. We had to do that last summer at the Gonzaga high school commencement. God bless, have a blessed Christmas!


Carol McKinley said...


I truly hope it doesn't come to this, but believe me when I tell you, I will be with others who are already poised to picket the event. And subsequent to the event, there will be a concerted effort to get what is left of their financial backers to de-fund them.

It is objectionable enough to watch them use our ground troops to elect politicians who shamelessly will say they are pro-choice but this moonbat is drawing a line in the sand when my Lord is reduced to a bag of wafers to be sold at Fenway in place of beer and St. Joseph made out to be a sex offender.

There is no bigger anti-Catholic bigot in the media in Boston and this will not stand without an political implosion of MCFL as we all know it today.

breathnach said...

Carol, is there any connection between the MCFL invitation and the heavy advertising MCFL purchased on WRKO during the recent election season? I have never heard MCFL advertising so heavily on the radio. It's a mystery why they would be enriching this creep. Curious.

Anonymous said...

Just One question- is Carr prolife? If yes, than the other stuff really isn't so important. As far as his alleged insults of some sacred cows of the prolife cause goes, many of those men (Bulger, Finneran,'even Card Law) WERE corrupt and less than perfect vessels. Regarding slurs against Cardinal Spellman, at least one orthodox Catholic writer made similar accusations in a recent book. He is certainly not a man of faith, but he's a defender of marriage & if he is truly prolife, why not let him speak?

Carol McKinley said...

The fact that you're sitting there scratching your head in wonder and have to posit Carr's pro-life credentials in the form of a question that doesn't have an answer should be a red flag to you.

When you ask whether somebody is a prolifer, if you've never seen him, if he has never engaged himself, if he has enver spoken about your cause nor lent his support to it, if in his opposition to Obamacare, you can't trace any indigtation to the threats to the sanctity of life in his opposition, then the answer is "no", he is not the man to lead the 'assembly for life'.

It's fair to say, that if Anne Fox wants to start looking around for a replacement, she best be looking away from anyone who has inferred St. Joseph mated with animals, Our Blessed Lord's Body and Blood should be sold in bags in protest at Fenway Park by the boozers and drunks without respect for the Sacrifice Christ made on Good Friday.

It's a bit of an understatement to say he is not a man of faith - he is anti-Catholic bigot and he has no place on that stage.

If she continues on this trail,there is gonig to be a lot of commotion and she is going to find herself hoisted on a very uncomfortable petard.

This is over the line. If she wants to sell Christs mortal souls to proaborts for political gain, it is one thing. You are talking about a man who spits on my Lord and this is not going to fly.

Michael said...

If you perused the unquestionably orthodox magazine, New Oxford Review, over the past ten years, you will find harsher indictments against Cardinals Spellman,Law and the lavender mafia within the Church, than anything Carr has said.

The problem with having Carr speak at MCFL is that he is not a pro-lifer or even a consistent social conservative. He constantly advocates that Republicans abandon their social conservatism to serve opportunistic ends eg. winning.

Even his stance against homosexual "marriage" is based more on his personal animus against homosexual dominance at the NY Times and the Globe than for reasons of principle.

Carr is not a a voice for the pro-life movement. Something is rotten at MCFL.

Anonymous said...

Massachusetts Citizens for Life Hosts Anti-Catholic Howie Carr

by Joe Doyle
December 22nd, 2010

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today rejected excuses offered by Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, for that organization’s invitation to the anti-Catholic, Hispanic-bashing radio shock jock Howie Carr, to be the featured speaker at MCFL’s Annual Assembly for Life on January 16th.