Post-election protest at Oakland cathedral

Pro-abortion Rep. Barbara Lee speaks at PICO-sponsored event, promises to fight back
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (screenshot from YouTube video)

Pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage congresswoman Barbara Lee expressed her disappointment over the election at a November 21 rally at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, saying “we’re going to fight back”. (screenshot from YouTube video)

A large crowd gathered at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland on the evening of November 21 to voice their frustration and anger over the results of the presidential election.

The event, “United We Stand in Prayer and Solidarity”, was sponsored by the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Diocese of Oakland Office for Life and Justice, and Oakland Community Organizations (OCO), a member of Soros-funded PICO.

The Facebook page for the Diocese of Oakland Office for Life and Justice publicized the event, telling people “no matter your immigration status, race, religion, gender, or sexual identity, let’s come together to pray and stand with each other and against the proposals made during the election that target so many people in our community.”

Father James Matthews speaks at the anti-Trump event. (photo from the Catholic Voice)

Father James Matthews speaks at the anti-Trump event. (photo from The Catholic Voice)

Congresswoman Barbara Lee was among the speakers at the post-election rally at the cathedral. Lee, a former community worker with the Black Panther Party, was the focus of last year’s The Establishment article “Rep. Barbara Lee Speaks Out About Protecting Abortion Rights” in which she stated that she has “been working on (the right to abortion at the federal level) for years.”

Not only is Lee at odds with the Catholic Church’s stance on abortion, she has received a 100% approval rating from pro-gay marriage Human Rights Campaign, and a 0% approval rating from Catholic Advocate and the Christian Coalition of America. In 2012, a Think Progress article named her “statistically the most pro-LGBT member of Congress”.

“Just like the majority of people in the city who did vote for Hillary Clinton, I felt the anger, the shock, but after a day or two I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to fight back,’ ” Lee said at the protest.

Father James Matthews, cathedral rector, told the audience that “love is stronger than hate … No matter what happened in that election, nothing has changed for any of us.”


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  1. Another, shamefully perfect example, of churches and altars being sacked by those who have accepted compromise. This Cathedral is being used by those who openly support the work of the devil. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

    ” The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.” – Church approved Messages of Our Lady of Akita, Japan

  2. “..richly funded front organizations, and their co-conspirators in the Democratic Party, were after bigger game than electoral victory. They also saw themselves as effecting a change in the Catholic Church’s allegedly retrograde “positions” on sexual morality, gender, and marriage…”
    Hopefully, the election results provide a delay from the advancement of late term abortion, sale of fetal body parts, the exploitation of children ( convertible gender, sex education indoctrination, procedures on minors without parental consent or even knowledge ), loss of religious freedom & constitutional rights, public pay for abortion, men in girls’ bathrooms and…

    • (con’t) and appointment of liberal judges, etc

      I hope there is a “CHANGE” for the good.
      “woe to those who call evil good and good evil
      who put dark for light and light for darkness” – Isa 5;20
      Often they project their “hate” onto others and then blame others for the negativity within themselves.
      They don’t see the diabolical tyranny of their own ways
      but want to blame others for ‘hate’.

  3. Tony de New York says:

    We Catholic DONT learn!

    ‘Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?’
    2 Corinthians 6:14 .

  4. St. Christopher says:

    Where is the Bishop here? The circumstances of this “protest” is simply and completely crazy and contrary to what the Church teaches. First of all, Congresswoman Lee is simply vile, as shown by her dedication to the defilement of the Congress, and our of tax dollars, to the pro-abortion movement. She is a true child of Satan and has absolutely no business taking part in any event at a Catholic Church (except to seek education about the Church, to seek membership in the Church, and to partake in confession, once she is eligible).

    The Bishop should use this as a teaching moment to advise his “flock” about what was wrong here. And Fr. Matthews needs to be publicly censured (one hopes someone at the Oakland Diocese is reading CCD)…

  5. The Church is rotting from the inside out. And it’s decay is accelerating every day. And where is the correction and condemnation for this behavior ? You certainly won’t find it from our present pontiff.

  6. St. Christopher says:

    (Part Deux) ” . . . The Church creates scandal by participating in such events.

    What is it about the Oakland Diocese that leads its leadership so far from what is right and proper? This diocese is not supposed to act as an arm of the Democratic Party, or to give support to that Party’s recipe of death. In fact, the Democratic Party simply has no foundation, except to permit sexual perversion, to provide ways for truly evil entities — such as Planned Parenthood — to financially benefit from deeply sinful activities, and to operate as an enabler of racial discrimination, most specifically the genocide of abortion against minorities.

    Now ask Fr Mathews and the Bishop to host a similar event to stop abortionists—-it won’t happen. The bishops and most clergy are corrupt here in CA because they align themselves with the far Left Democrat Party rather than with Christ.

    • david drewelow says:

      exactly, shelly. there should have been so much celebration and thanksgiving after this election, all on behalf of a promise of hope for the unborn. and since then, several cabinet picks have given pro-life testimony. it should have happened in cathedrals and parishes and special editions of catholic magazines and diocesan newspapers.

  8. What is it about the Party of Death that Bishop Barber does not get. My only surprise is that Gov. Jerry Brown was not a featured speaker at the event. Shame, shame on the Catholic Church in Oakland for putting their blessing on such a scandalous event at the Cathedral. No good deed goes unpunished.

  9. Another proof that the Catholic Church as established by Jesus Christ no longer exists – God help us all.

    • God can make a universe but He can’t keep His Church alive? Sir, I suggest you rethink your comment.

      One cannot deny that this event is a major scandal however. Would the cathedral be available for a celebration rally for President-Elect Trump?

    • Larry Northon says:

      “The Catholic Church as established by Jesus Christ…” including its first pope and all but one of its bishops deserted him on Good Friday. A second bishop betrayed Christ to the enemy for money. So just what is new and different?

  10. “Love is stronger than hate…”. I’m not seeing the “love” from the Left.

  11. What the What ???!!! This is unbelievable, even for California.

  12. I. too want to know where Michael Barber, S.J., the Bishop of Oakland is, or, for that matter, where Archbishop Jose Gomez is, to whom Bishop Barber is accountable? Renegade priests such as Fr. Matthews sicken me. He, indeed, needs to be censured. The Cathedral was no place to have such a rally since its mere presence indicates endorsement of Barbara Lee, and people of her ilk.

    • Bishop Barber isn’t accountable to Archbishop Gomez. And even if he were, I’m sure Archbishop Gomez is too busy planning his Religious Ed Congress, which will happen in February.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco is Bishop Barber’s metropolitan, but those relationships are almost entirely ceremonial.

  13. What better way to commit genocide than to convince a people, any people, to practice unnatural contraception, abortion and sodomy. The birth control pill leads to early breast and other cancers and is polluting our waterways and deforming our fish. One can google “Estrogen from birth control pill deforms fish” in ones search engine. Also there is some evidence that vasectomies might lead to brain cancer in men. Sodomy leads to anal, colon and other cancers and plenty of STD’s. We need to go back to “old fashion” Christian morality before we are all dead. Natural Family Planning is the green way for married heterosexuals.

  14. “My house is a house of prayer,…”
    Lee, harping as if at her inaugural speech, with applause and hollering every 5 words
    at a dais by the Crucifix near the Altar.
    Too Outrageous! See the youtube video
    Luckily, there is a resident Bishop handy for the Rite of Reparation.
    Oakland diocese officials, Oakland Catholic schools, and Catholic Voice
    all seem to mourn the loss of Hillary and her anti-catholic platforms.

  15. Steve Phoenix says:

    A meeting of the NSDAP catholic church (small ‘c’), meine damen und herren, and “The People’s Forces” (Volksturm). Sorry to have missed it.

  16. Sante Michael Archangelo, defende nos in proelio, contra nequtiam et insidias diabolic esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices desprecamur: tuque, princeps militia caelestis, satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in infernum detrude. Amen.

    • shouldn’t “insidias diabolic” read “insidias diabolicAS”? and shouldn’t “deSprecamur” actually read “deprecamur”? why print the prayer to Michael the Archangel in LATIN, to begin with?

      • Actually, it is “insidias diaboli” The “c” was a typo. The rest is fine. I typed it in Latin because I thought perhaps we would all learn something. Perhaps we would all learn how much Latin we already do know, either from English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or French. If it sends people flying to the online dictionary or their ones at home, all the better. After all, it is the official language of the Latin church. I had to look up “meine domun und herren” and “Volksturm” in the German Steve Phoenix wrote, so what is so hard to look up Latin, the official language of the Church?

      • Let me explain, Vicente, “insidias” (snares) is nominative plural, and “diaboli” (of the devil) is genitive singular. The genitive case in Latin is possessive.

      • Oops, the “s” in “deprecamur” was a typo too. I really DO need those new glasses. Anyway, it got us to thinking.

  17. Steve Phoenix says:

    The best short-summary I have found of all the literally millions of $$$ with which George Soros’ organizations have flooded the Catholic Church’s various charitable foundations, essentially taking over political control of the operations is here, of course, at

    On the list are several individual Catholic parishes with large donation amounts [(St Sylvester’s (Chicago? & St Paul the Apostle (probably the famous Paulist parish in NYC)], but also ” St Mary’s College, Moraga, $58,000; Catholic Relief Svcs $1.18 million; and Catholic Legal Immigration Svcs, $1.495 million. Soros’ orgs are known to have given over $4.5 million to Catholic orgs…

  18. Barbara “Babs” Lee is a Communist and traitor (redundant, I know), adhering to our enemies foreign and domestic. Another leftover whiny minority textbook subversive from the 70s, still on the make, fast approaching the biological solution. Like her hero Fidel, how disappointing to see her die in bed.

    Quite at home though in Oakland with quota hire priest and church.

  19. Michael McDermott says:

    The abuse of Catholic Social Services and other institutions in service of radical leftist / gender feminist / homosexualist pogroms has led in turn led to an Adolescent Ephebophile Scandal that has Bankrupted so many programs and parishes – leaving the Church vulnerable to attack by such Radical Misandrists (Hateful to Men & Boys, Masculinity & Normal Heterosexuality) –

    They have infiltrated the schools and offices and committees where things get handled, and purged any voices contradicting their political agenda – and this is just more of the same insult and injury.

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