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By Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th., Church Militant, October 10, 2018

Faithful sheep are seeking protection from the wolves, but in many cases, the wolves themselves are dressed in shepherds clothing.

Seeing this problem as early as 1972 was the far-sighted prelate, Abp. Fulton Sheen, who prophesied that one day the laity would be God’s chosen instrument that He’d use to save His Catholic Church. As the crisis was well underway in the Church, Abp. Sheen heralded the ever-increasing role of the laity.

Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious.

Several lay-run groups are now fighting the homosexual network and its tentacles of corruption strangling the Church. One of the original groups to fight this battle is the Roman Catholic Faithful (RCF), run by its founder, Stephen Brady. The group, which went dormant for about 10 years, has recently been reactivated owing to the tremendous response of the laity willing to fight sex abuse in the Church and its subsequent cover-up.

When starting up again last month, Brady vowed to ferret out the evil in each diocese.

“We are going to put the dioceses and episcopal sees of each of you under a microscope,” Brady said.

Another group putting bishops and priests under a moral microscope is the group Concerned Catholics of San Diego (CCSD). They’re asking Bp. Robert McElroy of San Diego the following tough questions:

  • Will you publicly request the resignation of bishops who have covered up for or failed to remove from ministry priests who sexually abused minors or vulnerable or subordinate adults?

  • Why haven’t you publicly called for the resignation of Cardinal Wuerl?

  • Why did you not act on the information regarding Archbishop McCarrick’s misdeeds when A.W. Richard Sipe presented them to you? His letter is very thorough.

Watch the panel discuss how God is using peasant Catholics to save His Church in The Download—Laity Fight Corruption.