BOSTON, June 17, 2015 (CatholicActionLeague.org) - Following protests this year and last year by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, the Franciscan Friars of Boston's Saint Anthony's Shrine — members of the Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor — apparently decided to forgo, for the first time in several years, a visible presence at the 2015 homosexual pride festival and parade in Boston.
In past years, the friars could be seen in videotape coverage of the parade, standing on the sidelines and cheering. Last year, they were photographed manning a booth, in the middle of the festival, with signs which read "Who am I to judge?" This year, they were missing.
Last Saturday, amid the various booths offering condoms, lubricants and the apparel and instruments of sado-masochism, there were two festival booths with purportedly Catholic themes. One was sponsored by Dignity, the homosexual advocacy group which claims to be Catholic, but which meets in Episcopal churches. The other displayed signs which read "LGBT Catholics."
When questioned by a member of Mass Resistance about their identity, the occupant of the latter responded that they represented the LGBT "Catholics" of three Boston churches — Saint Anthony's Shrine on Arch Street, Saint Cecilia's Parish in the Back Bay, and the Paulist Center/Holy Spirit Chapel on Park Street. Franciscan friars in their habits, however, were nowhere to be seen.
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment:
The corruption at Saint Anthony's remains unabated. Their website proclaims the blasphemous heresy that the mortal sin of impurity against nature is a "gift from God." Nonetheless, the fact that they chose to avoid, for the first time in years, an overt participation in this depraved spectacle — at a time when society is galloping in the opposite direction — is compelling testimony to the determination and effectiveness of the many faithful Catholics who protested against this grave scandal.
Edmund Burke famously warned that all that was necessary for evil to triumph was for good men to do nothing. That circumstance did not prevail here. The League wishes to express its gratitude to the good men and women, especially our own members, who took the time to contact the Shrine, the Pastoral Center in Braintree, and even the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington. We also appreciate the goodwill of the individuals and organizations who posted our Action Alert on their websites.
The League also wishes to convey its thanks to Brian Camenker and his staff at Mass Resistance for their fortitude and endurance in meticulously documenting, each year, the repulsive, nauseating events of "Pride Month" in Boston, and for their unfailing courtesy in making their data available to us. Finally, we want to thank Bill Cotter of Operation Rescue: Boston for calling to our attention his timely and thorough research into the egregious distortions of Catholic moral teachings being peddled by the so-called LGBT ministry at Arch Street.
At this point in history in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, orthodox Catholics may not enjoy the numbers to affect the outcome of elections, legislation and referenda. As this episode and a recent episode involving the Knights of Columbus and the Saint Patrick's Day Parade demonstrate, however, we do retain the ability to expose, embarrass and apply pressure to the quislings and collaborators in our own Catholic community. It is our intention to keep the pressure up.