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The archbishop of Los Angeles knows the annual Religious Education Congress (LA REC) is poisoning the minds of the more than 500 religious educators, who are required to attend the event year after year.
The two-day LA REC coming up this weekend is featuring pro-homosexual speakers like Fr. James Martin and Fr. Greg Boyle. These speakers, when they're not openly trying to normalize the homosexual lifestyle, refuse to uphold Church teaching on the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts. This secondary fact alone runs afoul of Vatican directives requiring that authentic pastoral outreach to those with same-sex attraction include the Catholic teaching that homosexual acts are gravely sinful.
In 1986, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) sent a letter to all bishops on the "Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons." In the document, the prefect of the CDF, Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger, now emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, told bishops, "No authentic pastoral program will include organizations in which homosexual persons associate with each other without clearly stating that homosexual activity is immoral."
The cardinal, who was the Vatican's watchdog of orthodoxy for more than 20 years before becoming pope, added:
[We] wish to make it clear that departure from the Church's teaching or silence about it, in an effort to provide pastoral care, is neither caring nor pastoral. Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral. The neglect of the Church's position prevents homosexual men and women from receiving the care they need and deserve.
Archbishop Gomez knows of these problematic speakers and yet allows them to be featured speakers at the REC year after year. One of the people to tell the archbishop about these anti-Catholic speakers was Michael Voris. Last year, Voris met personally with Abp. Gomez and laid out the problems of certain speakers at his conference. Asked about that meeting Voris explained, "I saw him and said that one of the speakers, Fr. Massingale, said the Church's teaching is that you don't have to follow Church teaching. The archbishop responded very flatly oh?"
Watch the panel discuss Abp. Gomez's annual theological train wreck in The Download—LA REC.
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