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SAN DIEGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - Faithful Catholics at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church (SJE) are suffering persecution by a homosexualist cabal stretching from their parish all the way up to San Diego Bp. Robert McElroy and Los Angeles Abp. José Gomez. The case offers a glimpse into how a homosexual network corrupts institutions at both the parish and diocesan levels.
Recently, Church Militant spoke with parishioner "Adrian Jesson" about the turmoil faithful SJE Catholics have endured under openly gay church staffer Aaron Bianco and homosexualist enablers inside two Southern California chanceries.
Bianco, Jesson explained, wields considerable power owing to his "very close" relationship with Bp. McElroy and his pro-gay auxiliary, John Dolan.
"Everyone in the diocese is scared of Bianco," he said. "They all know that whatever he says, goes, due to his closeness to McElroy and Dolan."
"People sarcastically call him Bp. Aaron," Jesson added.
Bianco once worked as head of young adult ministry at St. Joseph Cathedral, seat of the San Diego diocese. But after the death of Bp. Cirilo Flores in September 2014, cathedral pastor Fr. Patrick Mulcahy dismissed Bianco, reportedly for using "alternate translations of Bible passages to fit an LGBT narrative."
Soon after pro-gay San Francisco auxiliary Robert McElroy was consecrated bishop of San Diego in April 2015, Bianco's fortunes began to turn. In June, he secured a position as program outreach associate for Call To Action, a group founded in Detroit that promotes dissident causes like same-sex "marriage" and women's ordination.
At that time, SJE was being pastored by Fr. William Dillard, a faithful priest who upheld Catholic teaching on homosexuality, even leading his parishioners in prayer for the conversion of San Diegans participating in the city's annual gay pride parade.
But in 2016, Fr. Dillard was transferred away from SJE. With Fr. Dillard out of the way, that summer, Bp. McElroy installed Bianco at SJE as "pastoral associate." The activist layman was soon followed by pro-gay priest, Fr. John Dolan.
Jesson speculates that Fr. Dillard was transferred specifically to make way for Dolan. On Dolan's arrival, he told Church Militant, "Bp. McElroy and Aaron Bianco began grooming Fr. Dolan into becoming the champion of the LGBT community in San Diego."
Under the activist duo's administration, SJE took on a radical new character. As Dolan looked the other way, Bianco launched a propaganda campaign in support of dissident pro-gay group New Ways Ministry (NWM).
Suddenly, posters promoting NWM began popping up on church bulletin boards. Flyers advertising the group's April 2017 symposium "Justice and Mercy Shall Kiss" appeared on vestibule tables. A pamphlet containing abortion information was found lying on a table in the sacristy.
Appalled, concerned parishioners — including members of the parish chapter of the Legion of Mary — approached Dolan about his heterodox "pastoral associate."
The parishioners questioned Dolan about Bianco's New Ways Ministry promotion; reportedly, Dolan responded by suggesting NWM is "approved by Bishops." In fact, though personally backed by pro-gay bishops like McElroy, New Ways Ministry is not approved by the Holy See; it has been formally condemned by the Vatican for its promotion of homosexuality.
In spite of this, Dolan later participated in "Justice and Mercy Shall Kiss." After learning of their pastor's plans to attend, faithful SJE Catholics confronted Dolan about New Ways Ministry and its gay agenda. But Dolan was dismissive.
"There are bishops that will be there, so it's OK," he told them.
In March 2017, a concerned parishioner wrote a letter expressing her concerns over SJE's direction under Dolan and Bianco. Aware of Bp. McElroy's pro-gay worldview, she sent the letter to Los Angeles Abp. José Gomez, not knowing the official above McElroy is the papal nuncio.
"Lately under our new Pastor, Fr. John Dolan, we welcomed the gay community, a very commendable development, advertising the Church as a Welcoming Parish," she told Abp. Gomez.
But, she continued, "The stance in our SJE Church now is seemingly acceptance without any serious attempt at conversion in the name of mercy."
She noted that "mercy without truth is not mercy, it is not love, it is cruel and an abuse of extreme magnitude, abandoning our brothers and sisters to eternal punishment."
"I have talked to three local priests and they informed me that this is the new thrust of our Diocese," she explained.
Instead of replying to the parishioner or acting on her concerns, Abp. Gomez moved to protect McElroy, Dolan and Bianco; he contacted them to warn them about the letter.
Not long after, Bianco confronted the parishioner, saying, "I got that letter you sent to Abp. Gomez! He sent it to me! He's my friend!"
Together, Dolan and Bianco launched a campaign of repression against faithful SJE Catholics, with devotees of the Blessed Mother targeted for special persecution.
Dolan kicked the Legion of Mary out of the parish, alleging its half-dozen members were not enough to justify their meeting on SJE property; meanwhile, Bianco's "LGBT Bible study" group — with fewer members than the Legion of Mary chapter — was allowed to remain.
Dolan also ordered a statue of the Virgin Mary installed by Fr. Dillan (and used for parishioners' house-to-house Rosary chain) to be removed from the church.
For his part, Bianco put an end to the Rosary before daily Mass, falsely asserting that parishioners were bothered by it. According to Jesson, those who arrived early for Mass were devotees of the Rosary; they arrived early specifically to pray the Rosary together.
To keep the Rosary group out, Bianco ordered a church volunteer to keep SJE's doors locked until five minutes before daily Mass. Participants asked if they could pray the Rosary in the church cry room, but Bianco refused.
But the Rosary group refused to disband. For weeks, they met every afternoon outside the church to pray. Jesson told Church Militant that Dolan and Bianco "thought the daily Rosary people would go away, but they continuously showed up every day before Mass and prayed the Rosary in the parking lot."
The devotees were not allowed to resume praying inside the church until Dolan's successor was appointed.
In April 2017, Bp. McElroy promoted Dolan to auxiliary bishop of San Diego.
During Dolan's transition to his new position, Jesson recalled, Bianco "was fully in charge" of SJE, even conducting communion services.
Once Dolan's replacement, Fr. Kevin Casey, arrived at SJE, he noticed daily Rosary devotees praying in the parking lot in the afternoon, and realized that the church doors were locked until just before Mass. Father Casey questioned Bianco about the oddities, and within days, the church was re-opened to the Rosary group.
But Bianco's gay advocacy has continued under Fr. Casey. In March, for example, he organized a "Theology on Tap" event at SJE featuring homosexualist Jesuit Fr. James Martin. The event fell through, but faithful SJE parishioners were nevertheless scandalized.
The McElroy-Dolan-Bianco-Gomez cabal illustrates how the homosexual network infiltrates and operates at the parish level. According to Jesson, he was told by an SJE insider that "St. John the Evangelist was deemed the main test church in the U.S. to focus on the LGBT community."
The case also provides a glimpse into homosexualist maneuverings at the diocesan level and above.
Recent revelations by Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, former papal nuncio to the United States, suggest that McElroy (a leading Church liberal), was specially chosen to orchestrate the homosexual infiltration of the San Diego diocese.
According to Viganò, McElroy's appointment came at the order of Vatican Secretary of State Cdl. Pietro Parolin who, along with Pope Francis and several of his advisors, covered up former Cdl. Theodore McCarrick's history as a serial sexual predator.
"The appointment of McElroy in San Diego was also orchestrated from above," Viganò wrote last week, "with an encrypted peremptory order to me as Nuncio, by Cardinal Parolin: 'Reserve the See of San Diego for McElroy'" [emphasis in original].
Once in power, as he quietly corrupted SJE through protégés Dolan and Bianco, McElroy promoted — and protected — the growing gay network in his own diocese and beyond. As Church Militant reported earlier this month, in August 2016, renowned clerical sex abuse investigator Richard Sipe informed McElroy that McCarrick had been sexually abusing young men and minors for decades. The bishop said and did nothing in response to Sipe's warning.
McElroy, Dolan and Bianco remain at their respective posts, cultivating the homosexual network. Faithful Catholics are sounding the alarm that if they remain, San Diego will go the way of Albany, devastated by former Bp. Howard Hubbard and a generation of homosexualist rule.