Catholic Action League Criticizes Cdl. O’Malley for Attending Kennedy Gala Honoring Obama

by Church Militant  •  •  May 8, 2017   

"The whole world can see the fawning servility of the American Catholic hierarchy to wealth, celebrity and political power"

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The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today criticized Boston Archbishop Seán O'Malley for attending last night's ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, where former U. S. President Barack Obama was honored with the 2017 Profile in Courage Award. The award, created by the Kennedy family, is conferred by the Kennedy Library Foundation.
As a presidential candidate in 2008, and as an incumbent president seeking re-election in 2012, Barack Obama was endorsed by both the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America. As a United States Senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008, Obama received a 100-percent rating from both organizations. In an April 2013 speech, President Obama asked God to bless Planned Parenthood. In the closing days of his administration, he signed an executive order prohibiting states from defunding Planned Parenthood.
As an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004, he received a 100-percent rating from Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. While a member of the Illinois Legislature, Obama opposed born alive legislation, which would have guaranteed medical care to children who survived abortions.
Mr. Obama also received perfect ratings from such supporters of abortion, contraception and population control as the National
In a regulatory mandate issued by the Obama Administration's U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to enforce the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 — known as Obamacare — all employers, including religious institutions, were required to subsidize sterilizations and birth control drugs and devices, including abortifacients, as part of their employee group health insurance coverage. This forced one order of Catholic nuns to file a lawsuit against the Obama Administration (Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell) to protect their religious freedom rights.
Former President Obama, who acknowledged Cdl. O'Malley's presence in his acceptance speech, went on to describe congressional support for his Affordable Care Act as a profile in courage.
The Catholic Action League characterized Cdl. O'Malley's attendance at the event as an "appalling betrayal of the pro-life movement, of the innocent unborn, and of those Catholics and other Christians struggling to defend First Amendment guarantees of religious liberty."
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment:
Barack Obama was, by any objective indicator, the most pro-abortion president in the history of this country, at least, since abortion became a public issue in the 1960s. He was also, arguably, the president most hostile to the protections found in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights guaranteeing religious freedom.
Catholic prelates ought to avoid giving scandal, and, at all times, ought to bear witness to the truth. Seán O'Malley did neither last night. The message O'Malley sends by his attendance at this celebration of Barack Obama is that support for the mass killing of pre-born children, and attacks on the conscience rights of Christians, are morally respectable, are no obstacle to public honors, and, implicitly, are no barrier to the votes and campaign contributions of Catholics.
No rational person can reasonably be expected to take seriously Catholic opposition to abortion when the former Chairman of the Pro-Life Activities Committee of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is photographed smiling at an event hailing Planned Parenthood's favorite president. Once again, Catholic principles are cast aside, and the whole world can see the fawning servility of the American Catholic hierarchy to wealth, celebrity and political power.

Republished from Catholic Action League.


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