Why Is the Sacred Hierarchy Silent About Senator Ed Markey?

The following news analysis comes courtesy of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts

On February 7th, at the State of the Union Address in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey, (D-MA), wore a pin on his suit jacket, presented to him by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which read, in capital letters, ABORTION.

The first letter O in the pin was in the shape of a heart—the universal symbol of love. Any reasonable observer would conclude that the message which Markey wished to convey was his love for abortion.

A pro-life state legislator, Markey was first elected to Congress in 1976 emphasizing his opposition to abortion and forced busing. He remained an opponent of abortion for his first seven years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election in 2013, Markey has long been a strident advocate for legal and publicly funded abortion, and an inflexible opponent of all restrictions on abortion. He enjoys a 100% rating from both the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America. Both organizations have, repeatedly, endorsed and extolled him.

In 2019, Markey spoke at a press conference in front of the Planned Parenthood abortuary in Boston, where he condemned President Trump’s decision to enforce the Title X prohibition on the use of federal family planning dollars for abortion.

In 2022, Markey joined the pro-abortion campaign to demonize and repress pro-life crisis pregnancy centers.

Markey, a baptized Catholic, is a graduate of four Catholic educational institutions: Immaculate Conception School, Malden Catholic High School, Boston College, and Boston College Law School.

Describing himself as “Jesuit trained,” Markey maintains that his approach to public policy is directly informed by his Catholic Faith: “My basic text for everything I do is the Sermon on the Mount. Blessed are the poor. That’s Medicaid. Blessed are the elderly. That’s Medicare. Blessed are the children. That’s Head Start. Blessed are those in prison. That’s making sure we don’t imprison a whole generation of African-Americans the way we did with the crack cocaine epidemic.”

According to his interviewer, Mike Damiano of Boston Magazine, Markey told him all of this while walking to a Planned Parenthood rally in Washington in 2017.

The Catholic Church has condemned abortion since the first century, when its original catechism, the Didache, taught, in the year 70 AD, “you shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill that which is begotten.”

In 2009, the Holy See reaffirmed the solemn declaration of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, which proclaimed that “abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.”

Since 1973, at least 64 million unborn children have been killed through surgical and medical abortions in the United States.

Sadly, but unsurprisingly, no Catholic prelate, institution or newspaper in the Commonwealth has denounced Markey for his pin celebrating abortion, nor has the Knights of Columbus, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, or any of the four Catholic schools which Markey attended.

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts characterized Markey’s decision to disgrace himself by wearing an emblem affirming abortion as “depraved posturing by a vile quisling engaged in a sordid act of public treachery against the Faith of his baptism.”

Catholic Action League Executive Director C.J. Doyle made the following comment: “If there is anything more reprehensible than Markey’s open apostasy, it is the systemic silence of official Catholicism in Massachusetts.”

“The Bay State has one Catholic archdiocese, three dioceses, four diocesan newspapers, two Catholic television stations, a dozen Catholic colleges and universities, hundreds of parishes, and scores of Catholic organizations.”

“The Archdiocese of Boston, alone, has two PR firms and a six figure plus communications director, yet no one can speak out about the scandal of self identified Catholic in Congress displaying a demonic symbol of love for the mass murder of the unborn.”

“Silence equals consent. Since Catholic institutions routinely give  awards, honors and platforms to pro-abortion political figures, and say nothing about public betrayals of the Faith by these same office holders, pro-life Catholics are led to an inescapable conclusion.”

“That conclusion is that our religious leaders have quietly conformed to the dominant secular culture, surrendered to the spirit of the times, and abandoned the innocent unborn to pitiless destruction at the hands of moral monsters like Edward Markey.”

“While Markey receives a pass for his odious pandering to the child killing industry, one should remember the fate of Father Daniel Moloney, the former chaplain at MIT, who was asked to resign by Cardinal Sean O’Malley.”

“Unlike Ed Markey, Father Moloney never advocated the killing of an entire class of human beings. His offense was that he once stated, accurately, that George Floyd ‘had not lived a virtuous life.'”

“Almost the entire institutional infrastructure of American Catholicism has been lost to the pro-life movement. If the right to life is to be vindicated in American society, the Catholic Church must be reformed.”