On November 16, after a dramatic legal battle, Church Militant held the “Enough is Enough” protest rally/conference at Baltimore MECU pavilion. The outdoor venue, usually the site for summer concerts, is across a quay from the hotel where the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was holding its private synod.
The City of Baltimore had attempted to use its police issues to prevent the rally from taking place, due to what some say are controversial speakers originally slated. For example, Steve Bannon was originally on the lineup. When the case originated in the US District Court, one of the scheduled speakers testified as a witness: formerly notorious Milo Yiannopoulos. He assured the judge that he was older and had matured since his other appearances that attracted violent responses. Indeed, Yiannopoulos served as an elegant and respectful emcee of the rally.
Last week’s event focused on two particular issues for the church: child predators/sexual harassers in the clergy, as well as their fierce opposition to granting Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion, such as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi – whose family was from the neighborhood -- and President Biden.
Waiting in line for the tightly secured event, I learned that the several hundred attendees included people who had flown in from all over the country. I spoke to people like Alberta Melani, an ultrasonography clinician for over 32 years in Alaska.
Among several items of contention, she’s frustrated that after the Vatican II Council in the early 1960s, “They took out all the beautiful parts (of the liturgy).” She also had a prison ministry at Goose Bay Correctional Institute. Another attendee was Nancy Freeman from the aptly named Ave Maria, Florida.
Michael Voris, founder of Church Militant, was a television news anchor before earning a graduate theological degree in Rome.
He spoke about what he referred to as “the lavender mafia” smoothing the way for politicians – “so-called Catholics” – to receive Holy Eucharist. He rattled off names of top offending political figures: Biden, Pelosi, Kerry, (Congresswoman) Rosa DeLauro, Cuomo, for their support of abortion. Voris decried about Catholicism, “It’s not a democracy! Jesus said one thing.”
He noted to the audience that his organization had spent $350,000 in legal fees, but that “We will no longer stomach evil or predators.” He feels that since many of the current leaders in the Catholic Church grew up during the sexual revolution, that perhaps loosened their mores. He received passionate applause when he declared, “Clean out the filth in the church and that is what our Pope Benedict said!”
Another speaker was James Grein, a victim of defrocked Theodore McCarrick.
This older gentleman teared up when relating abuse he suffered from the former Archbishop of Washington, D.C and Cardinal of Rome, a cleric who was close to liberal politicians such as John Kerry and Ted Kennedy. Grein spoke about his noticeable PTSD.
He admitted that he now sees himself, the victim, as “hateful and deceitful”. As Grein pointed to the hotel where the 51 bishops were meeting, he pronounced that they “were in the criminal bubble” and that he had turned down all offers of a cash settlement.
There was an interesting round circle of six priests, including Fathers Paul John Kalchik and James Altman, who had been stripped of their faculties or were under other pressure from their local bishops, the same who were right next door. All seemed to have a sense of humor, but with unshakeable core beliefs.
Father Altman angrily referred to the bishops as “the sorority sisters across the way,” scathingly referring to their weakness, as well as their desire to keep getting invited “to drink cocktails” with powerful politicians. This is the same complaint that is heard regarding mainstream media not confronting politicians.
Father Kalchik is currently appealing his standing in the church to the Vatican, following orders from Cardinal Blase Cupich to hang an LGBT banner that even had Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot weighing in against him.
He is angry that bishops and priests are not standing up to Mayor Lightfoot. He noted that only Bishop (Joseph E.) Strickland, of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, speaks out against giving Holy Communion to Biden.
He also decried, “The jab mandate is evil! Repent or burn in the hottest fires of Hell, which you (Biden) so richly deserve. I just saw a sign, ‘Let’s go Brandon!’,” he nodded in approval. “God damns every one of their mandates.”
Though at one point, Milo Yiannopoulos calmly announced that members of ANTIFA were outside the venue and directed people who wished to leave early to a special gate, I didn’t see any violent activities or threatening people from where I sat. I did observe a heavy-set man yelling things about former advisor to President Trump, Steve Bannon, as he waved a homemade sign.
Clearly, the City of Baltimore was outrageously heavy-handed in opposing this peaceful gathering. The speakers made important religious, political and societal points, all protected by the First Amendment.
Tamar Alexia Fleishman was the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's youngest female solo violinist. A world-traveler, Fleishman provides readers with international flavor and culture. She's debated Bill Maher, Greta Van Susteren and Dr. Phil. Fleishman practices law in Maryland with a J.D. from the University of Baltimore, a B.A. in Political Science from Goucher College. Read Tamar Alexia Fleishman's Reports — More Here.
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