At the Catholic diocese of Orange Diocesan Ministries Celebration, the event’s keynote speaker was Fr. Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest who dissents from Church teaching.
Faithful Catholics protesting Fr. Boyle’s speech distributed flyers to attendees as they arrived early on Saturday morning at Mater Dei High School in Orange County. They then hosted a Rosary rally across the street from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
One Resistance member tried entering the Diocesan Ministries Celebration but on two separate occasions security staff recognized him as one of the protesters and barred him from entering.
After CM reported last month that the celebrity priest was scheduled to speak, Resistance members wrote to the diocese of Orange, which is governed by Bp. Kevin Vann and organized a petition to get Fr. Boyle disinvited.
Despite objections, the diocese of Orange insisted on keeping Fr. Boyle as the keynote speaker. This move drew praise on Twitter from Fr. James Martin, another Jesuit celebrity priest often at odds with faithful Catholics.
On Saturday, a few Resistance members arrived early in the morning. As participants of the Diocesan Ministries Celebration poured into the high school’s parking lot, they stood at a corner outside the lot and handed out flyers to the line of traffic.
One Resistance member said, “I’d say we shared the flyers with at least 30–40 percent of the cars, each of which typically had 2–3 participants inside.”
He also told us, “By the time of the Rosary rally, we had over 30 people join us to pray.”
Father Boyle’s opposition to Catholic doctrine is evidenced in a 2013 video by LifeSiteNews, taken from a 2008 interview. In the video, he claims that God’s Will is contrary to Church teaching, which he snidely calls “the party line” on a host of issues, including same-sex “marriage” and the all-male priesthood.
Since then, the Jesuit celebrity priest apparently has not recanted his heterodox statements. According to an anonymous source, Fr. Boyle said during a 2015 presentation to college students that “the Catholic life” is far removed from “living the Gospel.” In his 2010 book Tattoos on the Heart, Fr. Boyle alternates between calling God a “he” and calling Him a “she.’
In anticipation of Saturday’s Rosary rally, one Resistance member told us, “The laity, particularly the young, have had enough of heterodox Church leaders.”
Full story at Church Militant.
Fr. Boyle seems to have done some goods things in getting gang members out of gangs — such as getting them decent jobs and having their tattoes taken off, so they can get jobs. Nevertheless, he was terribly wrong when he said that so-called same-sex marriage is all right in that one interview. Sodomy does no one any good and should never be encouraged, and that is what faux marriages do. It is harmful to their bodies.
First of all he’s a Jesuit. The order is well-known for its homosexual proclivities, including its payment of over a quarter BILLION dollars in homosexual abuse settlements. This individual, in particular, has used a self-created public platform as a social worker (in which he occasionally wears a Roman collar for fundraising purposes) to to be incredibly blunt and outspoken about his Catholic-dissident views regarding homosexual “rights.” His organization singularly exists for the benefit of wayward young males. Am I the only one here that is just slightly suspicious of the whole set up?
No, Ralph, I have suspecions myself. I used to give to a Catholic organization in another state for teen boys and girls until the priest got caught molesting some of the girls. I do not know if he was molesting the boys too, but I have not given to that group since. Open borders also makes it much easier to slip molesters back and forth. I am also aware than some of our politicians took money from the likes of Playboy Magazine. California is a mess.
And the high schools don’t care. They are oblivious to the revolution raging against the faith from within its ranks, by clerics hell-bent on destroying traditional Judeo-Christian morality in favor of one world denominated sexual ambiguity, thereby abandoning any recognition of the the sacred foundations of life. Boyle interacts with any number of high schools, with every appearance further eroding any concept of the doctrine of sin. The religion of the saints, and the great confessors, St. John Vianney et. al, relinquished to the dust bins of history. The school administrators know nothing any different, they themselves were corrupted in their own high schools.
Sorry for so many typos and bad grammar. My glasses definitely need adjusting.
I am not saying this priest is doing anything criminal, but it does not look good when anyone, especially a priest, who works with young males say things such as he did.
So how much was Fr. Boyle paid by the bishop? Someone needs to ask.
Maybe it was the other way around.
No one would have showed up to protest a social worker, but Fr. Boyle is a dissenting Catholic priest! You can “meet people where they’re at”, but a priest’s calling is more important than that of a social justice warrior. His public dissent deserves a public response, and since his bishop won’t do it, the people did. Bravo!
Unless he’s moved, Bishop Vann is not his bishop. I believe it’s Archbishop Garcia.
Drat! I meant to say Archbishop Gomez instead of Garcia. I keep making this mistake. :)
That’s what’s called a distinction without a difference. Boyle moves about with apparent impunity.
We had a “dissenting” speaker scheduled to come to an event. As far as I know, no one complained but he cancelled. I believe it was because of our Lady of Fatima.
People should have more faith and allow God to act.
Aren’t the “Resistance” members also dissenters? They certainly aren’t approved by the Magisterium.
The Resistance is a program of ChurchMIlitant.com. Formerly known as RealCatholic.com, they were asked by their local ordinary to remove the word Catholic from their name and they complied. It is run by a man named Michael Voris. He is very controversial not because of dissent but because of accusing others of dissent. He attacks bishops and priests. He uses innuendo and falsehood to inflame passionate but ignorant Catholics. It’s been going on for years. He does do good things when he sticks to the truth and isn’t trying to get people all worked up. God bless and heal us all.
Nonsense, Voris doesn’t do innuendo- he tells the truth with boldness & clarity. Naturally this ruffles feathers, and Roman collars but thankfully Voris & friends have thick skins. Check it out folks @ churchmilitant.com! You’re welcome: )
Whatever you say.
“and it all costs money…So please sign up to today to become a monthly contributor to the Resistance,”
“Hundreds of you had expressed your support for the overall effort by making a monthly donation.”
“If you can help with a $25-a-month contribution, we would greatly appreciate it.”
Oh yeah, and joining CM’s Resistance is free!!
Kristin, You do know there aren’t really 40,000 Protestant denominations, right?
You do know that denial of the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is not the one single thing that Protestants have in common, right?
You do know that some Protestant churches have communion and believe in the Real Presence of Christ in their communion, right?
You do know that the “battle” of Amoris Laeticia is not over the understanding of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, right?
Oh him… Isn’t he the who says that the Church’s teaching that God’s covenant with the Jewish people is wrong because the Jews of today aren’t the Jews of the Bible. Blonde guy with a pageboy haircut? I think I saw a video where he claims that.
Yes. That’s the guy. Only he wasn’t blonde. He looks like he might be ill now. We should pray for him..
Link please to what you say.
Here is a NYT article on ChurchMilitant. It has some political comments in it and there is bias, but if you are interested, it is a good article.
To Anne T.:
and I do not mean third party links such as the New York Times, but Michael Voris’ actual words in context. I have a feeling the Times left out context they did not want published. After all, we all know there are pro life Jewish people who do not seek to profit from abortions, but there are also pro abortion Jewish people who do profit from abortion, just as some in all religions do.
I do not want this to become a negative place for Mr. Voris. As far as I know, and I do not know him, he is a faithful Catholic. Everybody makes mistakes and on the Internet your mistakes live forever. He is who he is. He does what he does.
You need to know the Catholic faith very, very well. Especially if you are on the Internet.
They are just lay Catholics willing to take a stand against those who oppose Church teachings. They take their roles as “soldiers of Christ”, recall the phrase from confirmation preparation, very seriously. Bravo to them for their public witness!
Make sure it’s Christ who’s giving you your marching orders. Go to Mary.
Before the Internet, when we heard error or Church teaching opposed, we stood up and corrected the person, whether clergy or lay people. The person sometimes argued with you. Maybe they did not change their views but they thought twice before saying it in public again. Sometimes they persisted, but they would begin with, “This is controversial” or “Not everyone agrees with this but…” You were dealing with what you saw and heard. There were some people who, rather than correct the person, gossiped about them and harmed their reputations which is a sin.
Absolutely incredible that Callista Gingrich was confirmed as ambassador to the Holy See. In light of the Gingrich’s scandalous relationship history this is very troubling!
Well Billy Bob, It was between you and Callista, so the choice was easy.
William … The Gingrich “Rich & Famous” lifestyle is offensive to me and she would not have been my first choice. However, in charity we must hope and expect that she confessed her sins vis-a-vis the relationship and was absolved. In Catholicism, we don’t hold someones past sins against them foreverr.
Our Lord said “You will know them by their fruits. ” This applies to the likes of Mr Boyle and his sponsors in the dioceses that obviously are supporting and not correcting him.
Pray to God and Our Lady to show you their Way, the direction back to their Sacred and Immaculate Hearts respectfully.
The thing that disturbs me in the video is that he is using the voice of the world to justify his errors.