Does Catholic Moral Teaching Matter Any More?

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, three Catholic institutions, one in New York, and two in Boston, held fundraising galas which reveal, effectively, the current, debilitated state of American Catholicism, and mark yet another milestone in its spiritual and moral decline.

In all three venues, the sponsoring Catholic entity showcased public figures who promote the murder of pre-born children, the deformity of marriage, the normalization of sodomy, the corruption of minors with contraceptives, the imposition of gender ideology, the coercion of Catholic consciences in the matter of abortifacient coverage, and the legal punishment of Christians who refuse to service pseudo-marriage ceremonies. At all three events, these moral monsters were feted by Catholic elites, and greeted by a member of the College of Cardinals.

  • The Annual Dinner for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, sponsored by the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation—whose President is Cardinal Timothy Dolan—featured U. S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York), New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, television personality Katie Couric, and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who sat next to Cardinal Dolan. Clinton had just reaffirmed, the day before, her unsparing support for child murder, while her campaign is coping with charges of anti-Catholicism following a WikiLeaks revelation that a prominent Clinton supporter, in an email exchange with campaign chairman John Podesta, called Catholics “severely backwards.”
  • The Inaugural Franciscan Dinner, on behalf of Boston’s Saint Anthony’s Shrine, which is administered by the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province, advertised as Honorary Co-Chairmen Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. Baker, who sought to purge pro-lifers from the Republican State Committee in March, signed into law, last July, legislation which would punish those who refuse to allow biological males to use womens’ bathroom and locker room facilities. Walsh, a NARAL Pro-Choice award recipient, was recently sued for making threats and shouting obscenities at a Catholic man who refused the mayor’s demand that homosexual groups be allowed to march in South Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Both Baker and Walsh march in Boston’s depraved “Pride Parade.” The Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, a Capuchin, also participated in the dinner.
  • The Let It Shine Gala for Regis College, which is administered by the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, featured Governor Charles Baker, former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Thomas P. O’Neill III, Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver-General Deb Goldberg, and Boston Herald Publisher—and longtime Margery Eagan paymaster—Patrick Purcell. The event’s “Special Guest” was Obama/Biden bundler Jack Connors, a former member of the Council of Finance of the Archdiocese of Boston, and a current Trustee of the Campaign for Catholic Schools. Cardinal O’Malley, in his second event of the evening, also attended.

Meanwhile, Jesuit administered Boston College is providing interns for Planned Parenthood, and Cardinal O’Malley, just days after appearing at the Walk for Life, had his photograph—once again—in The Pilot with the “Mayor of Choice” Marty Walsh.

Any lucid person can recognize that the corruption, culture of betrayal, servility to secular elites, subservience to the spirit of the times, practical indifference to the killing of the unborn, and obsequious deference to neo-pagan political power which afflicts the hierarchy, our Catholic institutions, and their parent religious orders, is now critical, pervasive and normative.

How can one understand that surgical abortion alone means the murder of over one and a quarter million American children every year, and then invite to the head table of a Catholic gathering, and be seen conducting amicable social intercourse with a politician like Hillary Clinton, who believes that this mass slaughter ought to be legal, unrestricted and publicly funded—and that religious beliefs opposed to this depravity need to be changed?

Saint Patrick, in his Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus, warns his flock against relations with those who have the blood of innocents on their hands: “…it is unlawful to flatter men like these, nor should you eat or drink in their company, neither should anyone feel any obligation to receive alms from such men…” Yet, this unlawfulness is, precisely, what our hierarchy, clergy and religious practice as a matter of routine.

It is incumbent upon faithful Catholics, particularly those in the pro-life and pro-family movements, to inform our spiritual leaders and Catholic institutions that their repeated, reckless and continuing scandals, in which they provide—contrary to their own explicit prohibitions—awards, platforms and honors to the enemies of the Faith, only serve to betray, undermine and trivialize our principles, which is, to say, Catholic moral teaching about the sanctity of life and the integrity of marriage. This is not acceptable. They need to be reminded that they serve Christ, not Caesar. Our bishops are successors to the Apostles, not courtiers to Henry VIII.

Secular society will never be persuaded of the truth of Catholic teaching about the protection of life or the character of marriage by Janus faced bishops, faithless friars or dissident nuns. The lives of the unborn will only be safe, and natural marriage will only be recovered, when the Catholic Church becomes serious about upholding, defending and vindicating Catholic morality in its own institutions and in its own leadership. The reform of the Church is indispensably necessary to the restoration of a civilized society.


Does HIS Teaching Matter?

  • M.

    This is an excellent post, with MUCH for reflection. Thank you, Mr. Doyle, for your words here. Keep up the good fight and God bless! Pax.

  • Alyosha Karamazov

    In the state neighboring Mr. Doyle’s Massachusetts, New Hampshire, we find THIS atrocity happening less than an hour from now: a Hillary Clinton rally at a putatively Catholic institution of higher education, Saint Anselm’s College.

    Read all about it here at Saint Anselm’s Facebook page:

    & on the official Saint Anselm’s website:

    So a candidate for the president of the United States of America who is … viciously pro-abortion, wants to change people’s religious beliefs to accommodate a woman’s “right” to kill her baby, wants to force Catholic institutions to pay for birth control, wants to make WAR, WAR, AND MORE WAR in places where our bungling has already SERIOUSLY harmed Christians … THIS candidate gets a platform at a Catholic institution whose educational mission is supposed to advance the Church’s teachings in society?

    Just wow.

  • Peter

    Thank you Mr. Doyle for speaking the truth!

  • Mara319

    I could not stand watching the Al Smith dinner. Never have I seen a more joyless group.
    So Trump was booed for exposing Hillary’s hypocrisy – and by extension, Cardinal Dolan’s hypocrisy. It was not funny, that was why Trump was booed.
    Unless you considered Maria Bartiromo’s breasts hanging all over the place as funny, exposing the truth, in this case, was not funny. So be it.

  • Ichbins

    St. Paul states how to draw the line:
    2 Corinthians 6:14
    “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and
    wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with

  • Rob Andersplus

    NO CATHOLIC with any moral conscience can cast a vote for Hillary Clinton! It is pathetic to see the hypocrisy of Catholic hierarchy participating with these pro-abortion radicals! Is it any wonder why the faithful arer leaving the church and opting for the “open field” to worship God as we were taught early on that “God is everywhere”!

  • Eleonore

    How interesting, Alyosha, how quickly Saint Anselm’s has taken down this post. I guess they are too cowardly to take the protests it would invoke. Enough of “used to be Catholic colleges.” Shame on Saint Anselm’s for hosting the abortion-loving Killery.

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  • Alyosha Karamazov

    Well, it happened, and it’s a matter of historical record. They’re gushing about it in their own campus paper, which boasts of student involvement in Clinton’s campaign:

    “Killery” has the speech up on her website:

    There is even video, which shows a dais full of pro-abort democrats whooping it up for the Abortion Queen, right on Saint A’s Quad:

    That Saint Anselm’s would bother to pull the posting down from their site is weird.

  • Z.M.

    The apostasy of our time is very similar to that of the time of the Maccabees. These apostates would quite happily dine at the table of Antiochus.