The Washington, D.C. Catholic church attended by Joe Biden celebrated a gay pride Mass Wednesday evening, prompting a group of conservative Catholics to pray the rosary across the street from the church in protest. Holy Trinity Parish, run by the Jesuits of Georgetown University, celebrated its 3rd annual LGBTQIA+ Pride Mass at its regularly-scheduled 5:30pm daily Mass time.
Catholic Rosary Rally underway across the street from Joe Biden’s parish Holy Trinity Church in Washington DC. Cardinal Wilton Gregory allowed this LGBT Mass. pic.twitter.com/KxRnexJqKu
— Fred Simon (@FredSimonTLM) June 14, 2023
Image credit: David Alexander
“Abuse of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a serious sacrilege!” said a flyer for the rally.
“The Catholic Church teaches that God endowed all people with dignity and they should be treated with compassion and respect,” the flyer said. “But the Church does not celebrate sin, most especially at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”
The group said it would pray the rosary “in reparation for Catholic masses being held to honor and celebrate LGBTQ Catholics.”
According to Catholic teaching, homosexual activity is a “grave depravity” and is among sins so grievous they “cry to Heaven for Vengeance.” Additionally, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “pride” is the worst of the “seven deadly sins” because it “engenders other sins.”
Rosary rally of reparation for “Pride Mass” in front of Holy Trinity Parish, Washington DC pic.twitter.com/stC3Aqu0hv
— OnePeterFive (@OnePeterFive) June 14, 2023
Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., the pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, defended the decision to have the Mass, saying in a statement posted on the church website that it was not celebrating pride in terms of “personal vanity,” but of “human dignity.”
“This Wednesday at our regularly-scheduled 5:30pm Mass, our parish will celebrate our 3rd annual LGBTQIA+ Pride Mass,” Gillespie wrote. “This celebration is an expression of our parish’s mission statement TO ACCOMPANY ONE ANOTHER IN CHRIST, CELEBRATE GOD’S LOVE, AND TRANSFORM LIVES. Our LGBTQIA+ ministry is a response to the Holy Father’s call to go out to the margins. Our celebration of Pride is not celebrating personal vanity, but the human dignity of a group of people who have been for too long the objects of violence, bullying and harassment. Our parish reaches out to LGBTQIA+ people as it reaches out to all Catholics in our area.”
Vatican whistleblower Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò put out a statement Wednesday blasting the Archbishop of Washington D.C., Wilton Gregory, and notorious LGBTQ+ advocate Father James Martin for encouraging sacrilegious LGBTQ+ religious displays.
“For years–ever since he was Archbishop of Atlanta–Wilton Daniel Gregory has been abusing his power to promote the homosexual agenda, much to the scandal of the Catholic faithful,” Vigano began. “His monomaniacal fixation on the vice against nature earned him the sacred purple (i.e., the cardinalate) and appointment to the See of Washington, D.C., a worthy heir to McCarrick and Wuerl, thus confirming that betrayal of Christ’s teaching is regarded in Bergoglio’s Vatican as a prerequisite for an ecclesiastical career.”
Viganò, the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, went into hiding, in fear for his life in August of 2018, after accusing Pope Francis—whom many Catholics believe to be an Antipope— of covering up priestly sexual misconduct in an eleven-page bombshell letter. Specifically, Vigano accused Francis and several other senior prelates—including Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the former Archbishop of Washington, D.C—of covering up serious allegations of sexual abuse against homosexual serial molester Cardinal Theodore McCarrick (Ret.) for more than a decade.
“It is not surprising that Cardinal Gregory is a follower of James Martin, S.J., whose recent sacrilegious remarks on devotion to the Sacred Heart have aroused indignation in the ecclesial body and prompted the organization of a reparatory procession on June 16 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles,” Vigano continued, referring to the Dodgers’ “Pride Night” controversy.
On June 16, Catholics will celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, a liturgical feast day that falls on the Friday after the second Sunday after Pentecost. It is also the day that Dodger Stadium will host a pride celebration honoring the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an anti-Catholic group of transvestites who dress like nuns.
Bishop Joseph Strickland will lead a Eucharistic procession outside Dodger Stadium in reparation for the offensive display.
On June 2, Fr. Martin defended these types of activities, arguing that celebrating LGBTQ Pride is tantamount to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. For Catholics, the entire month of June is devoted To The Sacred Heart Of Jesus, a symbol of God’s love and mercy.
“In June, Catholics celebrate the Month of the Sacred Heart,” the Jesuit priest wrote. “LGBTQ people celebrate #PrideMonth. LGBTQ Catholics celebrate both. One shows us how Jesus loves. The other shows us whom Jesus calls us to love today.”
“Where would the Sacred Heart be today?” Martin asked in a follow-up tweet. “It would be poured out in love on these people who seek love and acceptance.”
"Where would the Sacred Heart be today? It would be poured out in love on these people who seek love and acceptance."
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) June 2, 2023
In a letter on June 11, 1999, the 100th anniversary of the Consecration of the Human Race to the Divine Heart of Jesus, Saint Pope John Paul II preached that devotion to the Sacred Heart was essential for conversion, reconciliation, and ultimately salvation.
The faithful still need to be guided to contemplate adoringly the mystery of Christ, the God-Man, in order to become men and women of interior life, people who feel and live the call to new life, to holiness, to reparation which is apostolic cooperation in the salvation of the world, people who prepare themselves for the new evangelization, recognizing the Heart of Christ as the heart of the Church: it is urgent for the world to understand that Christianity is the religion of love.
The devotion “is expressed in religious practices which stir the faithful to live in harmony with Christ, ‘meek and humble of heart’ (Mt 11:29), and it is intensified in adoration,” Pope John Paul II wrote.
Fr. Martin’s tweets, which failed to mention the need for holiness and reparation, prompted a backlash among critics who argued that “taking pride in one’s homosexual activity or transgender identity seems diametrically opposed to the core of devotion to the Sacred Heart.”
In his statement, Viganò said that it grieved him to learn that “the clergy of the Archdiocese of Washington prefer to remain slavishly silent to this umpteenth sacrilege, in which the holy sacrifice is sacrilegiously used as a propaganda tool for a sin that cries out for vengeance before God, while the souls of so many poor sinners are confirmed in vice.”
But even greater is the pain of seeing the Most Blessed Sacrament profaned – during the Octave of Corpus Christi and two days before the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – by admitting to Communion people whom pastors should instead admonish and direct towards a path of true conversion and fidelity to God’s will.
Pastors led astray by homo-heresy should remember that, when they stand before the throne of God to be judged, they will have to give an account to Our Lord for the souls who, because of them, have been damned for eternity: souls for whom He shed His own blood on the Cross. By confirming these poor souls in mortal sin, they have usurped the authority of Christ and the authority of the Church for a purpose opposite to that which Christian charity demands, demonstrating thereby their own moral corruption, along with that of those who let them act undisturbed to scatter the flock entrusted to them.
I therefore unite myself spiritually with the holy rosary of reparation that has been organized in front of Holy Trinity parish, in the hope that this praiseworthy initiative may obtain forgiveness from Our Lord for the betrayal of His ministers, conversion for the souls led astray by these false shepherds, and atonement for the disrespect and sacrilege committed.
In this bleak landscape of apostasy and rebellion against the God’s commandments and the natural law, the aversion to Christ’s truth by these unfaithful priests should bring home to Catholics the gravity of the situation of the Church in the United States of America, moving them to prayer, fasting, and penance that the divine majesty may grant His Church holy shepherds inflamed with love for the Lord and for souls, and remove the servants of the Antichrist from the sacred precincts.
For the third year in a row, meanwhile, the alleged antipope has sent his greetings to attendees at Fr. Martin’s upcoming “Outreach LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Conference” in New York. This year’s conference will be held at Fordham University, in New York City, from June 16 to 18.
In a handwritten letter dated 6-5-23, Francis thanked Fr. Martin for “all the good you are doing,” and promised his “prayers and good wishes” to all the participants of the conference.
“I send my best regards to the members of the meeting at Fordham University,” wrote the Holy Father. “Thank you for delivering it to them. In my prayers and good wishes are you and all who are working at the Outreach Conference.”
Breaking: Pope Francis has sent a warm letter to the Outreach LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Conference, to be held at @FordhamNYC this weekend. We are so grateful to the Holy Father's for his promise of prayers for LGBTQ Catholics. Letter and translation here: https://t.co/V4XmWN2shJ pic.twitter.com/TFumY3cEoU
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) June 14, 2023