Faithful from across the United States and other parts of the world will attend the 2020 Religious Education Congress (RECongress) – the nation’s largest annual gathering of Catholics – the weekend of February 20-23 at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 Katella Ave, Anaheim, 92802. The weekend begins with Youth Day, February 20, which focuses on high school age youth who come to renew, experience and celebrate their Catholic faith on a day full of fun, interactive and educational workshops, plus a special Youth Mass celebrated by Archbishop José H. Gomez.
“This year, the theme of the Religious Education Congress, Adult Days, ‘Live Mercy –Be Holy,’ is a radical invitation to create a more compassionate and loving world,” said Sister Rosalia Meza, director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Religious Education. “This year’s theme will not only restore our own hope, but inspire, transform and challenge us to continue seeing the face of Christ in ourselves and in our faith communities.
The above comes from a Feb. 6 press release from the L.A. archidiocese.
Read the Feb. 6 posting by Church Militant on the upcoming conference. Excerpt:
The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is approaching once again. Boasting an attendance of nearly 40,000, the event is considered the largest gathering of Catholics in the country. Throughout the years, it has been as infamous as it is well attended, consistently bringing together speakers who openly reject Church teaching on such timely issues as false ecumenism, transgenderism, homosexuality, women’s ordination and liberation theology. This year’s conference promises more of the same.
This is to be expected considering that it will be the first conference held under the diocese’s new senior director of religious education, Sr. Rosalia Meza, a zealous promoter of leftist schooling. Indeed, in her doctoral dissertation, she dubbed Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire an “an icon of social change through education.” However, Freire’s ideas about “social change” are evident from his 1961-1962 literacy campaign in Brazil. While purporting to teach the uneducated how to read, it did more to instill the Marxist notions of class struggle than pursue any educational goals.2
With Sr. Meza at the helm of religious education in the diocese, faithful LA Catholics should wonder to what extent her work will mimic that of her “icon.” From this perspective, the lineup of speakers and activities planned for this year’s REC provides a lot of food for thought.
The event is titled Live Mercy Be Holy. It will be held February 20-23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. A careful observer will note that in addition to the many dissident speakers, the congress will also host a number of events and performers who endanger the Faith in a symbolic way. This could be more damaging than subtle heterodox teachings inaccessible to many participants.
For example, liturgical dancers may not say anything against Catholic teaching, but their actions will undeniably send a message that sensuous and ridiculous movements are compatible with the sacredness of the renewal of Christ’s passion made present at the congress’ multiple Masses. This weakens the faithful’s understanding of the seriousness of such a sublime event.
Indeed, it has been rightly said that only behavior suitable at the foot of the cross has a place at Holy Mass. Nevertheless, liturgical dancers have been a hallmark of Congress liturgies for years.
Such can be expected again at this year’s meeting, where there will be four workshops on dance. One will be led by Betsey Beckman who helped create and develop the “Abbey of the Arts,” described as: “a global online monastery fostering contemplative and creative expression.”
The members of this “online monastery” are collectively – and disrespectfully – named: “The Holy Disorder of Dancing Monks….”
Gay priest who painted Sodomite Christ to exhibit at religious ed conference
The artwork of gay iconographer William Hart McNichols will be displayed in the Arena Lobby at the Anaheim Convention Center. McNichols is a self-outed former-Jesuit gay priest. According to Kittredge Cherry, author at the LGBT spirituality website QSpirit, which often features McNichols’ work, “…McNichols is a New Mexico artist and Roman Catholic priest whose gay-positive icons have caused controversy.”
Read more on this at Feb. 8 posting on Sons of St. Joseph blog by Joseph Sciambra
(Warning: graphic links)