NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Leo House, a Catholic guesthouse in Manhattan, has announced that Fr. James Martin will present its Pope Leo XIII Award to Cdl. Timothy Dolan at a December 11 fundraising gala in New York.
Named after the mighty Italian prelate and administered by the Leo House board of directors, the 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."
"The Inaugural Pope Leo XIII Award Gala" event is a new incarnation of an earlier tradition. Originally an archdiocese of Chicago initiative, the annual Pope Leo XIII Award was discontinued in 1978. Earlier this year, a Chicago priest contacted Leo House Executive Director David J. Smith, suggesting the award be "resurrected" and given out annually under the auspices of Leo House.
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.
Some orthodox 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 and the fact that it is run by a veritable gay mafia.
For his part, Fr. Martin enjoys warm relations with the archdiocese. On Tuesday, he tweeted his gratitude for being allowed to speak before a gathering of New York Catholic school principals and teachers.
Pope Leo XIII was a faithful defender of Catholic teaching. He was renowned for leading the Church Militant in its fight against the diabolical — particularly heresy and the "tenets of unbridled license."
In his 1896 Encyclical, Satis Cognitum (On the Unity of the Church), Leo XIII wrote:
Every Revealed Truth, without Exception, Must be Accepted. The Church, founded on these principles and mindful of her office, has done nothing with greater zeal and endeavor than she has displayed in guarding the integrity of the Faith. Hence, she regarded as rebels and expelled from the ranks of her children all who held beliefs on any point of doctrine different from her own. ... In like manner were condemned all authors of heretical texts who followed them.
Following this, the pontiff issued a special word of caution, "There can be nothing more dangerous than those heretics who admit nearly the whole cycle of doctrine, and yet by one word, as with a drop of poison, infect the real and simple faith taught by our Lord and handed down by Apostolic tradition."
Pope Leo XIII is remembered for his prescient warning that the Church was approaching a time of profound testing — one unlike anything experienced before.
On October 13, 1884, 33 years to the day before the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, Pope Leo received an ominous vision.
At the conclusion of Mass inside his private chapel, the pontiff suddenly entered a trancelike state. As the clergymen surrounding him watched, Leo XIII's face drained of color.
After several minutes, he emerged from this strange state and went immediately into his office, where he composed a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, imploring him to defend the Church against diabolical attack:
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, cast into Hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
The Pontiff later explained he had been given a glimpse of an exchange between God and Satan, in which the devil boasted to God that if given more power and time, he could destroy the Church.
God granted his request, Pope Leo XIII said, indicating a period of suffering for the Church was on the horizon.
Pope Leo XIII instituted the practice of reciting this prayer at the end of every Low Mass — a custom done away with after the Second Vatican Council.