Banned in Boston, OK in LA
In an essay entitled, "Banned in Boston," Father Richard McBrien writes in THE TIDINGS ...
A tiny group of ultra-conservative Catholics protested the decision of Catholic Charities of Boston ... to confer its annual award upon Boston's mayor, Thomas Menino. Catholic Charities honored him for his commitment to the poor and to the cause of justice. The activists, on the other hand, regard him as an advocate of abortion and gay marriage.Meanwhile in LA, Cardinal Roger Mahony has announced that William Wardlaw, the very powerful Democrat "reign maker" and former State chairman of the pro-abortion Clinton-Gore campaigns, will be receiving THE CARDINAL'S AWARD this coming February. The purpose of the award is to recognize Wardlaw for his "long and distinguished service" to the Catholic community of Los Angeles. Fact is, Wardlaw is lengendary for having raised millions of dollars for politicians and various civic projects. Aware of this, Mahony recruited him some years ago to help raise nearly $200 million for his new "cathedral."
Unfortunately, Archbishop Sean O'Malley yielded to their pressure and boycotted the dinner ...
In June 2004, however, the US Bishops in their statement, Catholics in Political Life, decreed that the Church should not give commendations to individuals who fail to uphold the basic moral teachings of the faith. This official document of the USCCB, which was passed by a vote of 183 to 6, states:
"The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions."It is widely known that the Cardinal of the West does not abide opposition to his own decrees. Nonetheless, in an utter act of defiance, Mahony has given "zero obedience" to a clearly stated teaching of his own bishops' conference by honoring the man who played a major role in electing to office the "abortion President," William Jefferson Clinton.
Click HERE for a photo of Mahony crony William Wardlaw with his good buddy, the Cardinal.
See the related posts by Clayton Emmer and Brian Knotts.
See also my previous post, THERE OUTTA BE A LAW AGAINST AN AWARD FOR WARDLAW.