Saturday, June 16, 2007

Tell Me Again Why Peter Meade is Still Employed by the Archdiocese of Boston?

People around the Catholic blogsphere are noticing that Peter Meade wrote an op-ed on the joys of same-sex marriage here in the Gay State(I mean Massachusetts).

Update: Here's a link to a response to what he said in his op-ed

Much of the information below is from a 'public' email sent to him in 2005.

This is not the first time Mr Meade has strayed from Catholic teachings. He has

--Supported adoptions by gay couples
--Attended big-ticket fundraiser for pro-abortion, pro-gay unions politician
--Criticized Archdiocese for removing pro-gay pastor
--Recommended keeping parish open so pro-gay pastor could keep job
--Defied Bishop of Boston twice by taking money from dissident group

More details are below...

October 22, 2005: Because the Catholic Church’s position is that adoptions by gay couples are “gravely immoral,” why did you tell the Globe that Catholic Charities should be accepting same-sex couples willing to adopt needy children? You said, "What we do is facilitate adoptions to loving couples. I see no evidence that any child is being harmed."

You are a very well-known and important executive, so maybe you see evidence us lowly people don’t see. Can you reveal how you are empowered with wisdom that the teaching authority of the Church lacks and the medical experts are missing too?

The Vatican document Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons says:

"Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such unions would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development. This is gravely immoral and in open contradiction to the principle, recognized also in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, that the best interests of the child, as the weaker and more vulnerable party, are to be the paramount consideration in every case."

OK, maybe what the Vatican and the UN says are not well-enough-informed for someone as influential as you are.

Can you explain then why even the Boston Phoenix publishes evidence that “lesbian parents “raise queer kids.” The Phoenix, which I am sure you and your family read regularly, published a very good, if not an outstanding article--"Queer as your folks—A new study says gay parents create gay kids."...It says, “(How) Does the Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?", a 24-page article published in the April issue of the American Sociological Review, University of Southern California professors Judith Stacey and Timothy J. Biblarz found that the children of lesbian parents were more likely to experiment with same-sex relationships than those raised by heterosexuals. Girls raised by lesbians tended to be more "more sexually adventurous and less chaste" than those raised by straight parents.” Boston Phoenix, October 2001. Is this what you want for your own children? Is this not evidence of harm to a child?

Source - pdf

Were you unaware of all of the health risks of homosexual behaviour? Here are a few examples: higher rates of interpersonal maladjustment, depression, conduct disorder, childhood abuse (both sexual and violent), domestic violence, alcohol or drug abuse, anxiety, suicide, death at an early age, incidence of anal cancer, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and dependency on psychiatric care than heterosexuals. There is more detailed information at, and I listed details at the end of this message in case you do not web browse yourself:

Catholic Answers article on same-sex marriage

Family Research Council article on health risks of homosexuality

September 27, 2003: You were quoted in the [Boston] Herald as saying, "Not even my dog believes that story”—that the archdiocese axed a the popular, gay-advocating dissident Newton pastor over a car lease and stipend that violated church rules. "The idea that a priest" is forced out "over a Honda paid for by the parish," said Meade, "is absolutely preposterous."

I hope your dog and my dog (George) can meet, since my dog says he doesn’t believe that you are even Catholic. Even more important, I ask you why is this preposterous? Authorities couldn’t convict criminal Al Capone on murder charges, so he was ultimately jailed in 1931 for tax evasion. People like you, Jack Connors, and Fr. Hehir publicly dissent from Church teachings all the time. If you are asked often by the Archbishop to serve in leadership roles, isn’t it totally consistent with current practices for the Archdiocese to keep a dissident like Walter Cuenin in a pastoral role and only remove him for money reasons?

September 16, 2005: you attended a $1,000/plate fundraiser for pro-abortion, pro-gay-unions politician Sen. Barack Obama (IL). Since the Church opposes abortion and gay unions, is this an indication of your Catholicism?

( Boston Globe, 9/19/05)

June 17, 2005: The committee you led on reconfiguration review recommended that St. Susannas in Dedham stay open for three more years so the pastor, Fr. Steven Josoma, could finish his term.

Did you know he has advocated for gay marriage and gay union before you gave him the reprieve? Did you know he publicly gave money to pro-gay legislators, and was booted from St. Brendan’s in Dorchester a few years ago for some inappropriate behavior or actions—something having to do with a youth group? Did you know 3 months after your committee gave him a reprieve, he organized a bus of parishioners to go to the MA statehouse and support the same financial disclosure AB Sean P. O’Malley opposes?

In 2002 and 2003, as vice-chair of Catholic Charities, I am told you and your buddies at CC defied Cardinal Law and then temp-bishop/apostolic administrator Bishop Richard Lennon by accepting funds from the dissident group, Voice of the Faithful—twice I think. On April 1, 2003 you were quoted saying, Catholic Charities board decided in December [when you first defied the Cardinal-archbishop] “that to turn down money from any contributor would be a mistake that might alienate other contributors.”

Then after knowing Lennon, specifically barred Catholic Charities from accepting donations from the group, you guys decided to do whatever the hell you wanted and take the money.

So tell me again, why does this man have anything to do with the Archdiocese of Boston in any official capacity?

Why, Cardinal Sean, why?

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