The Liturgy is sacred and sacramental.  It is also a public, communal celebration in accordance with the entire Church, a “sacrament of unity”.  It is not a private act of the priest in which he is the celebrant and we are merely observers. We are active participants in the Mass. When abuses occur, everyone – the priest, the congregation, and the entire unity of the Church – is harmed.

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As noted in The National Catholic Register, on the same day Pope Francis broke his eight-month silence on the issue by proclaiming that he had no knowledge of McCarrick’s proclivities or of the restrictions placed on McCarrick by Pope St. John Paul II, McCarrick’s former secretary published excerpts of numerous correspondence showing that many in the Vatican had actual or constructive knowledge of both. Including Wuerl.  By McCarrick’s own hand.

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While Fr. Martin has carefully cultivated an image of “I’m just a nice loving priest standing up for the marginalized Catholics”, his vanity makes it difficult for him to hide behind this mask for long and we occasionally get a fleeting glimpse of the inner man: arrogant, immodest, superior, vain, and smugly self-important, particularly evident in the way he openly taunts faithful Catholics.

“From [God] we receive our nature as man and woman,” he said. “This is intolerable to modern minds. Gender ideology is a Luciferian refusal to receive a sexual nature from God. Thus some rebel against God and pointlessly mutilate themselves in order to change their sex. But in reality they do not fundamentally change anything of their structure as man or woman.”

“We are an entirely lay-driven apostolate of Massgoing Catholics,” Jonathan Carp, the executive director of the St. Peter Damian Society, said. “We’re really a cross section of faithful Catholics from across the country.”

“They also demand that bishops “shed the royal raiment and regalia of the episcopate” and “put women in church leadership… [including] reopen[ing] the discussion of women’s ordination, and to name women as cardinals at the next consistory and at every consistory going forward until a balance is achieved,” and require every church to pray a certain prayer every Sunday for a “reformed church” that meets their definition of the Church that Christ established.”