On February 22, members and supporters of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), along with local Californians prayerfully protested outside of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California, where Catholic truth and orthodoxy were under attack.
The congress boasts an attendance of nearly 40,000 and is considered the largest gathering of Catholics in the country. Many of the speakers openly reject Church teaching on issues such as false ecumenism, transgenderism, homosexuality, women’s ordination and liberation theology.
The protest rally began with the recitation of the Holy Rosary and distribution of the flyer, “Beware of False Prophets: Unorthodoxy Reigns at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress,” which alerted congress attendees of the horrors of the errors spewed by specific notorious speakers.
Most of those attending were incredibly supportive of the TFP’s message and efforts. The issue is, a conference so massive with hundreds of speakers at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, many honest and faithful Catholics could attend without ever being aware of many of the dangerous speakers.
“Oh! That Jesuit!”
One couple, after being offered a flyer, was skeptical and refused, saying, “Who are you, and what are you doing?”
The wife immediately said, “Talk to my husband.”
The TFP member explained the campaign and expressed concern with the error being promoted at the conference. He gave the example of Fr. James Martin, when immediately the wife shouted, “Oh! That Jesuit!”
When the couple realized that the TFP was opposing the progressive speakers at the congress, they sighed relief and said, “We’re with you. We have been avoiding this conference for the past few years because it has been getting more and more liberal.”
The woman was an iconographer and expressed her love for sacred art. She said, “I love sacred art, not that stuff in there,” referring to the art exhibit at the conference center.
The couple proceeded to apologize for being so defensive in the beginning. The TFP member assured them that there was no problem and that it was good they were so ready to defend their Faith.
Faithful Catholics Cannot Remain Silent
The gathering of all these heterodox speakers at an official event of the Los Angeles Archdiocese is a calamity of enormous proportions. It will serve to encourage dissenters, confuse believers and threaten the Faith of countless Catholics.
Catholics must be willing to fight and defend the orthodoxy of the Faith despite false prophets who seek to disfigure and distort the truth. Catholics must stand up for the teachings of the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church.