.- The Archdiocese of Boston has confirmed that Archbishop Sean OâMalley will not attend a Christmas dinner hosted by the local Catholic Charities organization, at which the group will honor pro-abortion Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
A spokesperson for the Archdiocese confirmed the news with CNA this morning, and an article is slated to appear in the Archdioceseâs Pilot newspaper later today.
In a statement dated November 22nd, Catholic Charities announced that âIn light of the mayorâs past statements concerning abortion and same-sex marriage policies, the archbishop regrets that he cannot attend the dinner.â
âIn doing thisâ, they added, âhe acts in accord with the U.S. Catholic Bishopsâ policy regarding public officials who are in conflict with Catholic teaching on specific issues, a policy formulated at plenary session of the Bishopsâ conference in June of 2004.â
Catholic Charities also said that after they had announced plans âto recognize the mayor at the dinner, objections were raised because of statements the mayor has made concerning abortion and same-sex marriage.â
âCatholic Charitiesâ, they said, âfirmly supports Catholic teaching concerning these matters. We differ with the mayor on both of these issues, even as we recognize his contributions to those we seek to serve each day in our city.â
Some Catholic activists groups, including âFaithful Voiceâ, established in response to vocally dissident âVoice of the Faithfulâ group, have vowed to boycott the dinner. Reportedly, they have taken a number of notable donors to the charity group with them.
Mayor Menino, a Catholic himself, is scheduled to be honored during the December 9th dinner for his âconsistent support of Catholic Charities in Boston.â