Feb 11, 2006

Come pray and protest at the Cardinal's dissent-fest

Mark your calendar! You're invited to join Concerned Roman Catholics of America (CRCOA) in picketing, praying the Rosary and handing out revealing flyers at Cardinal Mahony's annual Religious (mis)Education Congress (REC), slated for March 30-April 2, 2006.

A full-page ad in the national Catholic weekly The Wanderer (February 2) urges Catholics to "Stop Cardinal Mahony's subversion of Catholic doctrine at the world's largest dissent-fest!" At this year's REC (rhymes with "wreck"), almost 40,000 people, mostly religion teachers, will hear 202 speakers, including many of the most notorious dissenters to Church teachings.

After four days at the feet of pro-"gays," priestess advocates, occultists, anti-Pope rebels and Mass-mutilaters, the teachers will return home and infect millions of children's minds and souls with the heresies and dissenting ideas the Cardinal put in their heads.

The REC will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center. CRCOA will picket the confab and give attendees handouts that expose the worst speakers and warn participants about the spiritual dangers that await them inside.

When CRCOA picketed a past Congress ("Regress," is more like it), the Cardinal mocked them as "simple people, without influence."

Oh, really? The late Msgr. Charles Fortier, Assistant Director of the L. A. Archdiocese's Family Life Office, told CRCOA leader Ken Fisher, "Don't believe it when they say that your efforts at the REC are not having any effect. If that were truly so, why would they be running around here like chickens with their heads cut off, wondering where you'll strike next?"

Put a little Zorro in your spiritual life! Contact (714) 491-2284 or crcoa@dslextreme.com to learn when and where the protest and Rosary will take place.


Anonymous Leonard said...

I agree that this conference is a sad, destructive event. However, I also know Mr. Fisher. I would think twice about any organization associated with him. Please be warned: this group is not truly representative of orthodox Catholic in LA.

11:57 PM  
Blogger Saint Johns Army said...

Who is Mr. Fisher?


5:21 AM  
Anonymous Barbara said...

Leonard, would you care to elaborate on what you know about Mr. Fisher?

Q, could you post this article again when it's closer to the time of the event? I'll surely forget between now and then.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Tito said...

Good posting Quintero.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Saintjohnsarmy,

Ken Fisher is a pioneering pro-life leader. His Holy Innocents Reparation Committee founded the well-attended Holy Innocents Procession that marched through Hollywood on the evening of every December 28 for many years. It ended in Blessed Sacrament Church with the Rosary led by Hollywood stars and then with Mass.

The Wanderer ad says CRCOA has demonstrated outside churches where pro-abortion Catholic politicians such as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and ex-Gov. Gray Davis receive Communion.

The same ad also says CRCOA has demonstrated at Catholic campuses that honor pro-abortion Catholic politicians such as the Sanchez sisters.

The ad says CRCOA has run an ad in Catholic newspapers "detailing Cdl. Mahony's shocking, 22-year record of protecting accused sex criminals and promoting the 'gay' agenda in the Church."

Sounds like a fine resume to me.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Leonard,

In another comment tonight I have answered Saintjohnsarmy's question about who Ken Fisher is.

If you think "Congress" is "a sad, destructive event" but you do not want to join in CRCOA's picket, then how about holding your own demonstration there? You are needed!

10:12 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Barbara,

In another comment tonight, I have answered saintjohnsarmy about who Ken Fisher is.

And thanks, I will post several reminders about CRCOA's picket of "Congress," closer to the date.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Conde,

Thanks for your support!

10:17 PM  
Blogger Clayton said...

How about this alternative to protest: a Catholic conference/speaker at another location during the same weekend? Let Catholics vote with their feet.

5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been at conferences that have protestors, and I do agree that they have and can be counterproductive. It is who has the podium to make their case that make a difference. Jesus did eat with sinners, and just this last Saturday I heard a homily telling how the Jesus fed the multitudes that it was with Jeww and Gentiles.
Point being what actually makes a difference?

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clayton and anonymous, both your points make way too much sense for this blog. In fact you might even be condemned for relativism here. What better way to convert the heterodox to orthodox than casting stones at them?

3:36 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Clayton,

Having a Catholic conference or speaker to compete with "Congress" is fine if you want to organize, publicize, present and pay for it, all within the next six weeks.

Just remember that "Congress" is a well-organized tradition (I use that word ironically here) that gets automatic attendance from many, many schools, parishes, other institutions and groups. Most of these people are well intentioned and have no idea that many "Congress" speakers are dissenters who will misinform them.

By the way, this July 8-9, be sure to attend the 16th annual National Catholic Family Conference. The Catholic Resource Center (see their website) sponsors it. It will be in Anaheim, and the theme is, "Late Have I Loved Thee."

5:08 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous,

By saying "casting stones" you are likening defenders of the Faith to the hypocrites who opposed Jesus.

Sorry, but you are ignoring, for example, St. Paul's many commands to Christians to expose and oppose those who try to lead Christians away from the Faith.

You also are ignoring the early Church Fathers and later ones who point out our Christian duty to preserve the Faith whole and intact and to protect the flock.

Go tell them they do not make sense.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

I am responding on this blog because a friend of mine told me about the comments that have been made in my regard.

Leonard, please tell us just what group you regard as being "truly representative of orthodox Catholic in LA".

Quintero, thank you for your kind comments. I assure you that we will be very pleased if Leonard and his friends would form their own group and stand up for the Faith at the Congress. The more the better!

Clayton your suggestion actually inadvertently already happened and the result was less persons standing on the real front lines in the battle for the Faith.

No war has ever been won from the rear lines, and this is definitely a war for souls, and the front line is the Congress itself.

Every year, I have to convince myself to pick up one foot at a time to get to this Congress. I would rather be any place else than standing outside this Congress taking the abuse that these misguided attendees can throw out, and that goes for my compatriots on the front lines as well, they too, I am sure, would rather be any place else.

Anyone who wants to know more about this dissent infested Congress can read about it in our full page ad in the February 2nd edition of the Wanderer. It will also be in the upcoming L.A. Mission, S.D. Newsnotes, and San Francisco paper. I think it is called "San Francisco Faith"!

Finally, I place very little credence in someone who attacks anonymously. For all we know you could be the Cardinal himself!

Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman, Concerned Roman Catholics of America

Phone/Fax: 714-491-2284
Email: crcoa@dslextreme.com

See, I practice what I preach.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My former pastor and youth director and liturgist attended this congress last year. Things got worse and worse in the parish.
I would be so upset at Mass that I could hardly go to communion. We only have 2 parishes in town and after 25 years, I changed parishes.

I still long for a holy reverent Mass and truer teachings. I am a Roman Catholic in an 'american catholic' diocese.

I pray for change. Faithful change that is and a true renewal.

12:17 PM  

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