Sunday, January 16, 2011

Archdiocese of Boston: Will the new policy be in accordance with Canon Law?

While announcing the new policy of the Boston Archdiocese which prohibits "discrimination" against students who come from a homosexual household, Cardinal Sean O'Malley said that, "Catholic schools exist for the good of the children and our admission standards must reflect that...I believe all would agree that the good of the child must always be our primary concern."  See here.

But what exactly does Cardinal O'Malley mean when he refers to "the good of the child"?  Is his idea of "the good" in accordance with Church teaching and Canon Law?  Canon 795 of the Code of Canon Law states quite clearly that, "Since a true education must strive for the integral formation of the human person, a formation which looks toward the person's final end, and at the same time toward the common good of societies, children and young people are to be so reared that they can develop harmoniously their physical, moral and intellectual talents, that they acquire a more perfect sense of responsibility and a correct use of freedom, and that they be educated for active participation in social life."

So "the good of the child," according to Holy Mother Church, must consist of a formation which looks toward a child's final end.  And that education is only true which strives for a child's integral formation and which contributes to the common good.  How then can the Church partner with homosexual parents?  As Father Vincent Miceli once noted, "It is said that 'the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.'  But if the person who rocks the cradle is warped and crippled in personality then the world will not be ruled but ruined." 

And speaking of Catholic schools partnering with parents, Canon 796 says that, "It is incumbent upon parents to cooperate closely with the school teachers to whom they entrust their children to be educated."  But how can such "cooperation" be said to exist if parents are engaging in homosexual relations while their children are being taught by their school teachers that homosexual activity is gravely sinful?

Or will the Archdiocese of Boston simply relegate Church teaching and Canon Law to the trash bin as happened here.

The good of the child Your Eminence?  Please do us a favor and stop insulting our intelligence.  Your new policy has nothing to do with "the good of the child."  It is simply capitulation to the Culture of Death.

I am praying for you Cardinal O'Malley.


Jonathan said...

I like this: "..a true education must strive for the integral formation of the human person." Integral means entire, complete or whole. How can a child receive an integral formation if his parents are engaged in gay or lesbian sex? Your question hits the proverbial nail on the can Catholic schools partner with gay or lesbian parents who are not committed to the Church's teaching in the area of human sexuality?

How can light and darkness agree? Doesn't the Scripture say this?


BostonMagisterialCatholic said...

Because of this decision, I will be taking my two children out of their Catholic school after the current school year is finished. And I would exhort others to do the same. We just cannot trust the Archdiocese any longer. I am strongly considering homeschooling at this point.

BostonCatholic2011 said...

It is with much sadness that I have decided to remove my name from the parish I am registered at in Boston and to get out of the Boston Church just as Lot and his family found it necessary to flee Sodom and Gomorrah. It is my belief that Boston is now in de facto schism from the Magisterium. I will be attending a Latin Mass in Central Massachusetts.

Duncan W. said...

This decision by Cardinal O'Malley is anything but genuinely pastoral. It is an act of violence against children who will be placed in a schizophrenic situation - one environment which teaches homosexual behavior is wrong and another in which it is celebrated.

Perhaps that is EXACTLY what the Cardinal wants? I see the hand of J. Bryan Hehir behind this devilish policy. Boston is in moral crisis. Faithful Catholics should take a stand now!!!

Steve said...

Excerpt from the closing session of Vatican Council II-

"Secular humanism, revealing itself in its horrible anticlerical reality has, in a certain sense, defied the council. The religion of the God who became man has met the religion (for such it is) of man who makes himself God. And what happened? Was there a clash, a battle, a condemnation? There could have been, but there was none." -PPVI, 12/07/65

Once the door is opened, who will be able to close it?

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Pope Paul VI also said, and I believe this most significant, "There is a great uneasiness, at this time, in the world and in the Church, and that which is in question is the faith. It so happens now that I repeat to myself the obscure phrase of Jesus in the Gospel of St. Luke: 'When the Son of Man returns, will He still find faith on the earth?' It so happens that there are books coming out in which the faith is in retreat on some important points, that the episcopates are remaining silent and these books are not looked upon as strange. This, to me, is strange. I sometimes read the Gospel passage of the end times and I attest that, at this time, some signs of this end are emerging...Are we close to the end ? This we will never know. We must always hold ourselves in readiness, but everything could last a very long time yet...What strikes me, when I think of the Catholic world, is that within Catholicism, there seems sometimes to predominate a non-Catholic way of thinking, and it can happen that this non- Catholic thought within Catholicism, will tomorrow become the stronger. But it will never represent the thought of the Church. It is necessary that a small flock subsist, no matter how small it might be”. (The Secret Paul VI, by Jean Guitton, pages 152and 153 and Reference (7), p. ix.)

Hingham1976 said...

It's obvious that we cannot trust the leadership in Boston any longer. I second the motion here; withhold all contributions to the Archdiocese. We cannot financially support dissent.

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