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The senior religious director of the archdiocese announces the pope will deliver a video message Feb. 18 at this year's Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, or LA REC.
The event is known for providing platform to heterodox speakers, like pro-gay Jesuit James Martin, who spoke in 2020.
But despite such scandal, the upcoming, formal papal address will validate LA REC.
This year's speakers will include a host of dissident Catholics, like Sr. Carol Zinn — involved with the notorious Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, which rejects Church teaching on doctrine such as female ordination and the evil of homosexual acts — and another subversive Jesuit, Fr. Gregory Boyle.
San Diego bishop Robert McElroy, a climate change enthusiast who once said abortion is not a preeminent issue, will also speak at this year's conference.
Requesting anonymity, one priest who has ministered extensively in California remarked LA REC is a sham.
"From Pope Francis to Bp. Robert Barron, we have men devoid of Christ and thus left pushing drivel that suffices for religious sentiment — this notion that religious people are just nice guys, who never judge and are open to all belief systems. Of course, it's damning nonsense. And tragically, none of this religious sentiment will save a single soul!"
For years, many Catholics have been calling for an end to the conference.
Playing with the acronym LA REC, the priest said he calls the conference, "The LA Train Wreck."