A group of faithful Catholics demonstrated against the undermining of Church teaching on sexuality at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (LA REC) on Saturday, praying the rosary and invoking the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima. 

The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) organized the protest adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center, where the LA REC was held from March 21-24.

“In spite of the need for clarification and reinforcement of traditional doctrine, the REC has long been known for promoting the opposite,” Michael Whitcraft, Southern Californian representative for TFP, said. “Sadly, this year’s congress promises to repeat the trend.”

Repeat speakers on the 2019 REC roster who have previously presented problematic ideas include pro-homosexual Jesuit priest James Martin, editor-at large for America magazine and Vatican Communications consultant; Father Chris Ponnet, Director of the archdiocese’s Office of Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry and the archbishop’s Spiritual Director for Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons (CMLGP); Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice, former longtime chair CMLGP chair; and Fr. Bryan Massingale, a Fordham University Theology professor and priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. 

Each has made dissenting statements in the area of Church teaching on human sexuality, and/or Church authority.

Additionally controversial this year was the scheduled appearance of retired L.A. Cardinal Roger Mahony, despite his controversial history of cover-up with sex abuse cases and his having been pulled from public duties in his archdiocese several years ago by his successor, Archbishop José Gómez.

While the REC is presented by the L.A. archdiocese, it takes place in nearby Anaheim, which is located in the Diocese of Orange.

LifeSiteNews delivered two petitions to the archdiocese’s office in Los Angeles Friday morning, opposing Mahony’s appearance. LifeSite’s petition contained more than 5,800 names; an accompanying petition from the Ruth Institute, had more than 4,300.

Full story at LifeSiteNews.