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It was standing room only last night at the Carlisle banquet hall in Lombard, Illinois, with 1,000 Catholics in attendance. Sick of modernist prelates canceling faithful priests, they gathered to offer moral and financial support for a recent victim of Rockford bishop David Malloy. Church Militant's William Mahoney, on the scene at the event, has more.
Fr. James Altman: "Malloy, we're coming for you because you're one of the chief culprits."
Father James Altman was the keynote speaker on Thursday night at "Breaking the Silence," hosted by the Coalition for Canceled Priests (CFCP).
Fr. James Altman: "So, Malloy, spawn of Rembert Weakland, turn in your crozier before it's ripped from your grip. Your days of tyranny are over. Faithful Catholics have had enough."
Other speakers included attorney and child advocate Liz Yore and another Malloy victim, Fr. John Lovell, who was sidelined nine years ago.
Fr. Lovell: "Fr. Parker decided not to come. We're still coming out to support him. We're still coming out to support sidelined priests in Rockford, Joliet, Chicago and across the country."
And attorney Yore announced the event had the support of one of the Church's biggest and most well-known whistleblowers.
Elizabeth Yore: "Carlo Maria Viganò, the archbishop, the former papal nuncio to the United States, known as the 'Vatican whistleblower,' learned of tonight's event. And he was compelled to write this letter."
Other canceled priests were present, careful not to appear on camera.
Fr. John Lovell: "Certain priests are sitting in certain areas so the camera doesn't get them. And you might say, 'Well, wait a second. Why are you afraid?' Because they're dealing with the [Church's] mafia."
The CFCP is a newly established group of laity and clergy to combat the growing number of persecuted priests nationwide.
Yvonne Florczak-Seeman, CFCP board secretary: "We have taken notes, and we see exactly what is happening. We understand that your god — his name is 501(c)(3)."
The group identifies perpetrators and victims to raise awareness and funds to provide for the moral and material support of the persecuted. The group can be reached at canceledpriests.org.
It looks like Malloy really stirred the hornet's nest this time. The Coalition of Canceled Priests and the 1,000 Catholics there were adamant about never backing down.