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Saint Michael's Media crew traveled to Maryland this week to argue for our right to hold our "Bishops: Enough Is Enough" prayerful protest this fall. In tonight's In-Depth Report, Church Militant's Christine Niles is on the ground to report on the details.
James Grein: "I've had so much healing over the last three years that I believe that it'll be exponential on the 16th of November."
Saint Michael's Media went to federal court in Baltimore Thursday to make the case for free speech.
At the Edward A. Garmatz U.S. courthouse in downtown Baltimore, numerous witnesses — including Theodore McCarrick victim James Grein, fellow abuse victim Fr. Paul John Kalchik, Catholic commentator Milo Yiannopoulis, St. Michael's Media CEO Michael Voris and this reporter took the stand to testify to the peaceful intentions behind the rally, and the need for abuse victims to be seen and heard by the U.S. bishops.
In an all-day court hearing, where recording inside the courtroom was not allowed, attorney Marc Randazza made the case for why St. Michael's Media should be able to hold our prayerful protest.
Baltimore City, which abruptly canceled our Nov. 16 rally at the MECU pavilion on Pier Six, tried to convince the judge — through attorneys Renita Collins and Hannah Marie Sheehan — this apostolate is linked to violence, but failed.
James Grein: "How important it is for me, a survivor, to be heard."
James Grein, abuse victim of defrocked homosexual predator Theodore McCarrick, made a compelling case in court for why this rally is needed and offered further comments outside the courthouse.
James Grein: "Coming to 2021 lets them know that I have not gone away."
Church Militant Resistance members were also on the scene in a show of support.
Bradley Fish: "So I think it is very important to be present within eyesight of the bishops on Nov. 16. To say otherwise I think is a very clear breach of First Amendment rights."
Marianne Thomas Sibal: "And for me, this is freedom of speech, bigtime. If this isn't allowed, then what next liberty is going to go?"
Seamus Kearney: "I'm here because I want to support the people who have suffered and who have actually been silenced at the hands of these pedophile priests."
Rosemary Curtis: "Totally disregarding the First Amendment. I understand and have heard some myself that there are lies going on that are totally unfounded."
At Friday's closing arguments, where both sides were grilled by federal Judge Ellin Hollander, the matter remained unresolved, the judge saying she didn't know when she'd be issuing a final ruling.
We ask Church Militant supporters to keep up their prayers for this case, which is a significant one for the First Amendment.