Petition to Cancel Fr. James Martin Speaking Event

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by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 13, 2017   

TFP Student Action battles Misericordia University platform for pro-gay priest

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DALLAS, Penn. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A pro-family group is launching an appeal to prevent homosexualist priest Fr. James Martin from being honored by a Catholic university in the diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

TFP Student Action (TFP) is asking faithful Catholics to sign a petition calling for cancellation of Martin's speaking platform at Misericordia University, to be held at its Winter Commencement on December 17.

 

Noting Martin's ongoing promulgation of heresy — including his calls for the Church to reverence homosexual unions, accept transgenderism for children and approve gays kissing during Mass — TFP has branded the dissident cleric a "wolf in sheep's clothing."

In a recent message, TFP director John Ritchie implored supporters to stand with him in fighting to preserve the hearts, minds and souls of impressionable young Catholics.

TFP has branded the dissident cleric a 'wolf in sheep's clothing.'

"With prayerful action, you and I must oppose the 'smoke of Satan' from harming more young souls," said Ritchie. "And with discernment, we must distinguish between the true shepherd and the wolves."

Martin's promotion of heresy is well documented and has provoked a widening backlash among faithful Catholics. TFP finds hope in this, noting, "Fr. Martin's push to normalize unnatural vice inside the Church, prompted Catholic leaders to cancel some of his recently scheduled appearances."

Recent grassroots crusades to fight the infiltration of homosexualist and gender ideology have met with success.

In August, Martin was disinvited from serving as keynote speaker at the 2017 gala for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

A month later, Theological College, the seminary at the Catholic University of America, cancelled an address Martin was scheduled to give after faithful Catholics made their voice heard. Slamming reports by Church Militant, Father Z and LifeSiteNews, Martin took to Facebook to complain.

"That campaign caused a storm of phone calls, emails and messages to Theological College," he lamented. "In the end, they felt that the expected protests and negative publicity would distract from Alumni Day."

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TFP Student Action members

TFP points to these victories as examples of what can happen when the faithful come together to safeguard tradition and family — to fight in defense of Truth.

A project of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, TFP is guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church. Supported by 120,000 members nationwide, the organization defends traditional moral values on college campuses across the country and beyond.  

"The family is the basic cell of society in accord with the natural order of things," the group declares. "It gives stability to society and is the ideal climate for the formation of children. Moreover, the family was elevated by Our Lord Jesus Christ who instituted the Sacrament of Matrimony."

TFP's 75 full-time volunteers are on the front lines of the culture war, working to restore the values of Christian civilization. They network with thousands of college students on more than 700 campuses, distributing pro-family literature, sponsoring talks, defending the unborn and standing up for marriage.  

In his appeal to supporters, Ritchie lamented "the terrible crisis of Faith we see before us," but rallied followers to "always remember that Our Lord is the good shepherd, the One who will lead us to Heaven if we remain faithful."

"Thank you for fighting the good fight," he added.

To sign TFP Student Action's petition to Misericordia University, click here.   

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Stephen Wynne

Stephen Wynne is a staff writer for Church Militant.