The LA ‘Wreck’

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 20, 2020   

Dumpster fire of heresy

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For yet another year, confusion, dissent and heresy take center stage at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, or LA REC. The event's been taking place in Southern California since 1967 and in recent years the featured speakers have been known for their outright opposition to Church teaching. 

Despite faithful Catholics crying out for either the event to end or for faithful speakers to be given the spotlight, nothing has been done and the LA REC continues to be a source of scandal.

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At last year's event, Cdl. Roger Mahony — though disgraced for covering up for clerical sex abuse, was given a top spot. He was invited to give a public presentation on immigration — a pet topic of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Democratic Party.

Despite having presided over one of the worst cover-ups in U.S. Church history — paying out over $660 million to victims — and having been censured by his replacement, Abp. José Gómez, he was given a place of pre-eminence at the conference in 2019. All this was done despite faithful Catholics and sex abuse victims protesting outside the venue during the event.

As in years past, speakers known to embrace LGBT ideology and other heresies have been given the spotlight yet again.

Jesuit homosexualist Fr. James Martin is a featured speaker. He's constantly making the rounds in sodomy-friendly parishes to push the "fearfully and wonderfully made" error that God creates people homosexual, and those who don't act on their urges don't live a "fully integrated life."

Other speakers include self-professed gay priest Fr. Bryan Massingale, who is known for leading retreats for other gay priests on behalf of condemned LGBT group New Ways Ministries.

As in years past, speakers known to embrace LGBT ideology and other heresies have been given the spotlight yet again.

Arthur Fitzmaurice, Fr. Daniel Horan and Fr. Ronald Rolheiser are among the usual suspects who dissent from Church teaching and are welcomed to speak at the LA REC year after year.

Faithful Catholics are wondering what it will take to keep these theological deviants from getting the teaching spotlight in one of the biggest archdioceses in the United States. Likely, it may have to hit the bishops square in the wallet since they don't respond to doctrinal concerns.

To hear more about this dumpster fire of heresy, watch The Download—The LA 'Wreck.'

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