Thursday, January 13, 2011

Boston Chancery [Redacted :O)] Use Poweroutages to Release Policy Dismantling Catholic Identity of Catholic Schools

I called it last week when I guessed the wizards at the Chancery didn't have the honor or spinal fortitude to dismantle the Catholic identity of Catholic schools face-to-face in the education convocation.  "They'll do by email", I said, and I tried to figure out what was coming up in the next few weeks that would have people distracted enough for them to plan it out as their timing.

They went for the blizzard and power outages to quickly get it out.

Catholic schools are now formally gone.

This is the last time I want to hear anyone of good will characterize this Cardinal as an honest man who acts in good faith.   Dismantling Catholic identity is his game plan.  He has ownership of it and has been present and accounted for when the plans are made, always giving his input.   The use of deception and chicanery has been part of his strategy in mitigating opposition. His formal schism of the Catholic Church led by Bryan Hehir and Obama's high-salaried cronies who now have complete control of the Boston Chancery is complete.

The priests who have sat on presbyteral councils and archdiocesan councils stroking the Cardinal's ego and making excuses for him are partially to blame.   The amount of damage to the Catholic Church in Boston they let happen on their watch is despicable.    There is nothing left.  They have given away the heritage of our children, smiling and nodding and getting their ego stroked.   Giddy just to be there, they are castrated.

You've got to love the introduction.  They explain all about their process.   They pull weak and wimpy people together on a team in an effort to reach "consensus".     It's never their intention to actually reach consensus and everything anyone of good will who testifies to the truth is never part of the final product but they're thanked for their 'thoughtful and caring input'.    It's all a dog and pony show to quash opposition and truth.  Weak people are picked out to be on the team and they are played like fiddles.  

The policy says it may be in keeping with the policy to let Catholics have priority.  It might not, depending on who else applies.   Everyone has a right to a Catholic education, according to the Holy Father, they say.

Don't miss the last paragraph, which is the corker. They absolutely respect subsidiary.  Everyone can develop their own policy - so long as it matches this one.  Boston Bloggers will have more to say about this in the next few days -- and a campaign in the coming weeks and months and in fact throughout the year to defund them.

What a piece of theological and canonical trash.

Here's a letter sent out by Catholic pro-life Mom Marily Lopresti - you might want to reach out to the parties yourself if you have a moment.  More will be coming so stay tuned.

From: Marilyn Lapresti
Cc: ArchbishopSean_O';;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; 

To Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Pietro Sambi
cc: Cardinal Sean O'Malley and members of the Boston Presbyteral Council

I would like to ask for the immediate intervention by the Apostolic Nuncio, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,  prevent a crisis in the Boston archdiocese from spreading across the country.  As you can see below, a policy has just been promulgated for the purpose of forcing pastors to admit children of homosexual parents.

1) The policy is rooted in deception from the first line!  Selected words of the Holy Father originally used in one context are repurposed to justify the policy. Cardinal O'Malley, and anyone who approved this policy with these words knowing they were used out of context should be asked to resign. That the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston would knowingly misuse the words of the Holy Father and deceive his entire archdiocese destroys any trust between the ordinary and priests and laity and creates a climate where his governance and words can no longer be believed.

2) The policy tramples the principle of subsidiarity by taking decision-making away from the pastor and making him beholden to the archdiocesan policy. See this blog post for details.

3) Input by many of the people consulted, including members of the Presbyteral and Archdiocesan Pastoral Council was completely ignored.

4) These two blog posts explain everything else that is wrong with the policy, from the lack of mention about the need to partner with parents in Catholic school education, to the consequence that the policy will force the Catholic church into giving explicit recognition to gay unions and marriages, in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

I urge you to take whatever actions are necessary to stop this policy effort immediately before other dioceses follow suit.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mary Lapresti, Boston

(Can you tell we're fuming?)

To:       Pastors, Principals and Heads of Schools
From:   Catholic Schools Office
Date:   January 12, 2011
Over the past many months, at the direction of Cardinal Se├ín, the Catholic Schools Office has worked to develop an admission policy for our schools.  Our goal has been to provide clarity and guidance for pastors, school principals, administrators and the wider school community.
During an extensive review process we consulted with the Presbyteral Council, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Pastors, Principals and a number of lay and academic leaders.  We sought a process that would allow us to reach consensus on a policy that would be appropriate in a Catholic school environment while understanding the diverse population of students we are entrusted with educating. 
I want to thank everyone who participated in the review for their thoughtful and caring input.  The future of Catholic education is bright in the Archdiocese because of many good and talented people such as our pastors, principals, teachers, staff and students.  By working together we are creating an environment for our students that offers them opportunity and a future filled with promise.  
Catholic education is one of the most important ministries in the Church.  Parents choose to send their children to a Catholic School because of our commitment to strong moral values inspired by Gospel teachings, a track record of academic excellence, and safe learning environments, among other reasons.  They also choose Catholic education with the knowledge that the child always comes first.  With the adoption of this admission policy we hope to clarify our overall commitment to serve families who are accepting of our approach to the academic and moral development of our students.  
If you have any questions about the admission policy, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Following is the policy approved by the Cardinal.  

Archdiocese of Boston ~ Catholic Schools Admission PolicyIntroduction
In creating the Catholic Schools Admission Policy, we are guided by the words of the Holy Father, by Canon Law and by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
“No child should be denied his or her right to an education in faith, which in turn nurtures the soul of a nation.”   (Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI to Catholic Educators in Washington DC, April 17, 2008.)
 “As important as a sound Catholic school education is for the new immigrant and the poor, it continues to be of prime importance to those children and grandchildren of the generations who earlier came to our shores. Our Catholic schools have produced countless numbers of well-educated and moral citizens who are leaders in our civic and ecclesial communities. We must work with all parents so they have the choice of an education that no other school can supply—excellent academics imparted in the context of Catholic teaching and practice.”  (“Introduction,” Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Inc., 2005.)
"The Church has in a special way the duty and the right of educating, for it has a divine mission of helping all to arrive at the fullness of Christian life.  Pastors of souls have the duty of making all possible arrangements so that all the faithful may avail themselves of a Catholic education.  Education must pay regard to the formation of the whole person, so that all may attain their eternal destiny and at the same time promote the common good of society. Children and young persons are therefore to be cared for in such a way that their physical, moral and intellectual talents may develop in a harmonious manner, so that they may attain a greater sense of responsibility and a right use of freedom, and be formed to take an active part in social life." (Code of Canon Law, Title III, Catholic Education, Canon 794-795.)
“Young people of the third millennium must be a source of energy and leadership in our Church and our nation. Therefore, we must provide young people with an academically rigorous and doctrinally sound program of education and faith formation designed to strengthen their union with Christ and his Church.”  (“Why We Value Our Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools,” Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Inc., 2005.)
“While we look with pride to the many successes and achievements of our Catholic elementary and secondary schools, the entire Catholic community must now focus on the future and the many challenges we face...We must then move forward with faith, courage, and enthusiasm because Catholic schools are so important to our future…In addition, Catholic schools should be available to students who are not Catholic and who wish to attend them. This has been a proud part of the history of Catholic schools in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We must continue this outreach in the new millennium.”  (“The Challenges of the Future”, Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Inc., 2005.)
The Policy
The goal of our Catholic Schools is to present Catholic faith and Catholic teaching to our students in a rigorous academic, spiritual and moral education program.   Catholic school students strive for high academic achievement, are taught to love and worship God, and live the Gospel teachings.  Catholic school students work together, build community and give service to others.  
Our schools welcome and do not discriminate against or exclude any categories of students.  Admission is dependent both on academic qualifications and the desire to promote what is in the best interest of the student.  Students are considered “academically qualified” if they meet a school’s written academic criteria for admission.  Academically qualified Catholic students may be given priority for admission to Catholic Schools.
Parent(s)/guardian(s) of students in Catholic schools must accept and understand that the teachings of the Catholic Church are an essential and required part of the curriculum. 
Guidelines for Policy Implementation
Pastors and principals should consult the Catholic Schools Office with any questions pertaining to admissions or the policy. 
School admission policies must be written, included in the school handbook, consider the welfare and best interests of the child and be disseminated to prospective students and their parents prior to registration.
In accord with the principle of subsidiarity, pastors, principals, advisory and/or governing boards may develop specific admission policies for their school provided they are in conformity with the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Admission Policy.
Each school should implement a recruitment and marketing program to maximize its enrollment consistent with its capacity and location.


Anonymous said...


This would come under the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. Their offices are located at the Palace of the Holy Office at the Vatican. The Cardinal Prefect is Cardinal William Levada. The Secretary is His Excellency, Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J.
The Undersecretary is Monsignor Damiano Marzotto Caotorta. The contact information is below.

Mailing Address: Piazza del S. Uffizio, 11, 00193 Roma, Italy



I can't find an email address. But it should be easy enough to print information and fax/mail it to them.


Maria said...

The welfare and best interest of children? The last thing on their mind. Unbelieveable...An E-mail campaign should commence, immediately!

breathnach said...

The current occupant of the Braintree Chancery has dismantled Catholic healthcare and now Catholic education.

His idea of an "American catholic church" looks very much like the self indulgent, campaign rally disguised as memorial service that was held in Tucson last night.

The late Father Richard John Neuhaus suffered much disdain when he published a symposium in First Things magazine that asked whether Catholics at some point would find themselves in opposition to the American regime because it is embracing the Culture of Death.

The situation in Boston is even more severe. We have a Chancery that is dominated by a spirit of secularism and the shepherd is leading the flock right over the Gaderene cliffs.

Maria said...

You know, I can't help bt think that if there were faitful nuns who still taught in Catholic schools, that this might not be happening... I think we should pray for for the formation of order(s) who will return to teaching our children...

Anonymous said...

Cardinal Sean has a new post up, he visited alot of places and met new people. Many more pictures as well.


Louise said...

It is too bad that Mrs. Lapresti used the slang word "gay", rather than the correct word "homosexual". First, because slang is never appropriate in a formal letter; second, because she has conceded the legitimacy of the homosexual agenda by accepting their language and, therefore, their terms of the debate; and, third, because it's not possible to take a person who uses slang terms and euphemisms seriously when making a serious petition to authority.

The whole argument was lost the first time the orthodox Catholic, fighting for the orthodox position, used the word "gay". The orthodox Catholic should have set the terms from the beginning, insisted on calling homosexuality by its proper name, and forced the homosexual community to accept his terms and to argue on his terms. All credibility is lost when you give away your ground. The most cogently argued position in the world fizzles when the word "gay" appears.

breathnach said...


Your point would have more force if you referred to Catholics and not "orthodox Catholics". There are only "Catholics", who are in communion with the Magisterium.

Your argument would also apply to those who use the term "traditional marriage". This phrase accepts that marriage is a malleable institution that can have a multitude of expressions.

Louise said...

Dear Breathnach,

You are correct, of course, on both counts. Re: the first, however, many good, faithful Catholics fall into the error of picking up the slang that becomes so commonplace, used even by people who really should know better. I have often said just what you have said in reference to "conservative" and "liberal" Catholics or "right" and "left" Catholics, saying that those are political terms and should not be used in reference to the Faith of Catholics. There are faithful Catholics and dissenting Catholics. Period.

"Traditional marriage" is, of course, redundant.