Organized by the Leo House, a Catholic guesthouse in Manhattan, the Inaugural Pope Leo XIII Award Gala will honor New York archbishop, Cdl. Timothy Dolan, with its Pope Leo XIII Award. Father Martin will serve as keynote speaker.
As head of the archdiocese of New York, Cdl. Dolan has the authority to disinvite Fr. Martin. Instead, he has chosen to honor the heterodox, homosexualist priest by sharing a stage with him.
Resistance supporters have had enough and are turning to the Rosary — publicly — to make their voices heard. According to organizer Mike Ghelardi:
The Church hierarchy in the Vatican and around the world are all acting like Cdl. Dolan. They stand on the same platform with heretical priests like Fr. James Martin, and they seem to take direction from those same heretics to make their accommodations to the world. The laity is sick of it. ... Like political populism, a new spiritual populism is afoot. The Catholic laity want the Faith preached by Jesus and the Apostles, not a faint shadow of the Faith that has been compromised to accommodate worldly vices. We hope to make this Spiritual Populism a national issue with the December 11 prayer vigil in NYC. We want all good Catholics to come out and say to compromised prelates all over the world: Enough of it! Give us the True Faith or resign and let good priests take over the Church.
The Leo XIII Award "seeks to recognize Catholic clergy, religious and lay persons or organizations who best embody the ideals and values most cherished by the late pontiff" and "recognizes those who have served faithfully to advance and enhance the pontifical legacy and heritage of Leo XIII."
But Catholics are questioning how Dolan's record on homosexuality could "best embody the ideals and values most cherished" by Leo XIII or how it could "advance and enhance the pontifical legacy and heritage" of the late pope.
Church Militant has reported widely on the state of the New York archdiocese under Cdl. Dolan — the fact that it is run by a veritable gay mafia.
In June, for example, archdiocesan officials allowed Manhattan's Church of the Blessed Sacrament to host a pro-LGBT "dance party" in the parish hall. Faithful Catholics protested the event because proceeds went to benefit two pro-gay groups: the Ali Forney Center and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. They were scandalized further that the event featured gay activist speakers, including Carl Siciliano, founder and director of the Ali Forney Center, and Cynthia Germanotta, co-founder and president of the Born This Way Foundation.
The December 11 Rosary vigil will take place outside the Yale Club at 50 Vanderbilt Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, from 5:30–10 p.m. Anyone interested in joining can contact Mike Ghelardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.