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NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - In Manhattan Monday night, a troop of faithful Catholics took a stand for truth.
Braving a December chill, more than three dozen Resistance members from the dioceses of New York and Rockville Centre converged in Midtown for a four-hour Rosary rally to protest a Catholic fundraiser honoring Cdl. Timothy Dolan and featuring pro-gay Jesuit Fr. James Martin as keynote speaker.
When Resistance supporters learned in September that the archbishop of New York would stand unapologetically alongside the dissident Jesuit at the inaugural Pope Leo XIII Award Gala, they decided to turn to the Rosary — publicly — to make their voices heard.
Monday night, they gathering together outside the Yale Club in Manhattan, praying the Rosary and handing out informational flyers detailing Fr. Martin's heresy.
"Many people took the flyers and some paused for questions," one participant told Church Militant. "Most people seemed receptive. I noticed one or two people making the sign of the Cross as they hurried by to get home."
Resistance members were opposed by three gay activists, who positioned themselves on the opposite side of the Yale Club entrance.
One of draped himself in a rainbow flag, another in the flag of Vatican City.
They, too, prayed the Rosary and sang Catholic hymns while holding signs reading "Catholicism is QUEER," "Intrinsically FABULOUS," "I am created IMAGO GAY" and "PROUD Catholic 4 Gay."
The Church Militant Rosary rally was organized by Resistance member Mike Ghelardi, who rallied fellow Catholics to make their voice heard.
In the lead-up to the Rosary rally, Ghelardi told Church Militant:
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. ... Enough of it! Give us the True Faith or resign and let good priests take over the Church.
"We cannot remain silent and expect to enter Heaven," Ghelardi added. "We are soldiers for Christ. It is our duty as Catholic to resist heresy with all we have."
After the Rosary rally, Ghelardi reflected, "What can you say about people who love God enough to go out on the street and defend Him? It is a glory and an honor to pray with them, to even know them."
"We are all deeply blessed to have each other," he observed. "Each one is a gift from God to all the others."
Organized by the Leo House, a Catholic guesthouse in Manhattan, the inaugural Pope Leo XIII Award Gala honored Dolan with its Pope Leo XIII Award.
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."
By praying publicly outside the gala venue Monday night, Resistance members exposed Dolan: As head of the archdiocese of New York, he had the authority to disinvite Fr. Martin. Instead, he chose to honor the heterodox, homosexualist priest by sharing a stage with him.