LOL @ Priest Who Says Church Militant Threatened to Kill Him
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From LifeSiteNews:



Wed Mar 13, 2019 - 3:49 pm EST
Celebrity priest Fr. Larry Richards alleges Church Militant sent him ‘death threats’


DANA POINT, California, March 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A celebrity priest has alleged to some of the most influential Catholics in America that a Catholic media organization threatened to kill him.

Film has emerged showing Father Larry Richards stating that he had received “death threats” from Detroit-based Church Militant.  

“A couple of months ago I said something about Church Militant, and they threatened to kill me,” the popular men’s speaker alleged.  

“Literally,” the priest continued. “I got death threats from a good Catholic organization that wanted me dead in God’s name.”




Richards, 58, was giving a lecture about loving one’s enemies to the Legatus Summit 2019 in late January when he made the startling accusation. Legatus is an association of Catholic CEOs of American businesses. Richards was the MC at the Summit despite earlier protests by some Legatus members.

Church Militant has denied the allegation that anyone from their organization sent Richards “death threats.”

“I find it outrageous and impossible to believe,” Church Militant newscaster Christine Niles told LifeSiteNews over the phone. “There is nobody here even capable of doing that.”

“It’s insane.”

Michael Voris, the founder and CEO of the apostolate, suggested that Church Militant may take “further action” in the wake of this, Richards’ most recent, attack on his apostolate.

“Father Larry Richards has been increasing the number of his completely baseless and wholly unsubstantiated attacks against Church Militant,” Voris told LifeSiteNews via email.

“We have to this point ignored these and presume he is suffering from some condition. This latest claim, however, which would rise to the level of a crime on our part, cannot remain unchallenged,” he continued.  

“Father Larry appears to be suffering from some disorder. He needs either to prove his charges immediately, or to stop making them, or further action from Church Militant will be required.”

Quote:Lawyer up and stop this crap. Seek compensation for damages. Be punitive. Leftists and heretics must be dissuaded from engaging in their incessant lying.
 
The founder of “The Reason For Our Hope Foundation,” Fr. Larry Richards is, according to his website, a “gifted and captivating speaker, preacher, retreat master and author.” He is also a parish priest ordained in 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania. The author of Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You To Be, a book published by Ignatius Press in 2009, Richards has been finishing a degree in Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame.

He also hosts EWTN Radio’s “Open Line” show every Thursday.

The outspoken priest used his position as an EWTN radio personality to condemn Church Militant last September.

“Church Militant is not of God,” Richards said during a call-in show. “Stay away from Church Militant. I’m very clear about it. Church Militant is not of God.”

“It is from the devil himself,” he continued. “It brings division, division, division. Don’t ever listen to anything from Church Militant.”

Richards was particularly concerned for the reputation of Father James Martin, S.J., an LGBT activist priest he believed Church Militant had “demonized.”

“What they do is demonize people that don’t agree with them,” the priest stated. “... I don’t put up with people who demonize other people in God’s name.”

Quote:Fr. Martin has demonized himself, likely quite literally.
 
At the time, Niles professed herself amused by Richards’ histrionics.

“I literally laughed out loud when I heard Fr. Larry Richards say ‘Church Militant is from the devil,’” she tweeted on September 21. “He goes on to defend Fr. @JamesMartinSJ. People like him are the reason why no one takes EWTN seriously anymore as a source of authentic Catholic news.”

According to a subsequent Church Militant broadcast, EWTN took down the incendiary video after heavy criticism.

The outspoken preacher had abused LifeSiteNews alongside Church Militant and the OnePeterFive website in a homily earlier that September, saying “...LifeSite – it’s not of God. It’s filled with anger. It’s filled with hate, and it’s filled with mistruth."  

LifeSiteNews reached out to Fr. Richards by telephone and email through The Reason for Our Hope Foundation but was told it would be impossible to reach him for a week, as he is out of town doing a parish mission. Attempts to contact Fr. Richards through social media were also unsuccessful.

LifeSiteNews also reached out to EWTN and Legatus by telephone. Legatus declined to give a statement.
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1)  Celebrity?  I must be living under a rock.
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2)  Defending James Martin.
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3)  I am very, VERY cautious whenever someone points a finger and calls someone else "the devil".  Occasionally they are right, but this time, no.  Just manipulating people, trying to get people to stop thinking and stop questioning.
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4)  Death threats?  Like what?  Tell us......
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EWTN dropped the video of one of Fr. Richards' call-in shows when he talked about Church Militant once before. I hope they drop him entirely at this point. We're being assaulted on so many sides, we need to support each other when and where we can, as far as fellow Catholics and apostolates go.
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Fr. Larry Richards has a certain appeal because he’s loud and aggressive. That’s refreshing when every other priest around is too timid to take a stand on anything. I suspect Michael Voris ripped on someone Fr. Larry admires, Fr. Larry tried to make a fuss about it, and he got his a** handed to him.

I wish I could remember what it was that caused me to not be a fan anymore.  I remember about when it happened, and based on that my guess would be that he showed himself to be a Francis fanboy on Twitter. All I remember for sure is that some people in my area were trying to get him to come talk at an event near me and he was unable to do it. We were disappointed at first, but I remember thinking a little later: “Whew! I just dodged a bullet with that one!”
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Fr. Larry Richards tweeted an apology of sorts.
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Quote: @FrLarryRichards Mar 13

I was wrong in what I said about Church Militant - it was NO ONE in their LEADERSHIP who threatened me - it was one of their FOLLOWERS who called me on the phone and threatened me. I should have made that clear. We need to stop demonizing each other, I will stop first. Peace
 
Looks like most people in that thread don't think that's good enough. Wonder if he ever apologized to CM for this, from EWTN’s “Open Line” Radio show, September of last year (see 1:25 mark):




EWTN took down that show.
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(03-15-2019, 01:19 AM)Credidi Propter Wrote: Fr. Larry Richards has a certain appeal because he’s loud and aggressive. That’s refreshing when every other priest around is too timid to take a stand on anything. I suspect Michael Voris ripped on someone Fr. Larry admires, Fr. Larry tried to make a fuss about it, and he got his a** handed to him.

I wish I could remember what it was that caused me to not be a fan anymore.  I remember about when it happened, and based on that my guess would be that he showed himself to be a Francis fanboy on Twitter. All I remember for sure is that some people in my area were trying to get him to come talk at an event near me and he was unable to do it. We were disappointed at first, but I remember thinking a little later: “Whew! I just dodged a bullet with that one!”

I had seen him on EWTN a few times, listened to the radio show and never heard anything unorthodox so never thought much about it. The stuff about Church Militant concerns me a little, though I can excuse being hesitant about it (calling it of the devil? That's too much). But defending James Martin? That's the biggest red flag.
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(03-18-2019, 04:27 PM)phattonez Wrote:
(03-15-2019, 01:19 AM)Credidi Propter Wrote: Fr. Larry Richards has a certain appeal because he’s loud and aggressive. That’s refreshing when every other priest around is too timid to take a stand on anything. I suspect Michael Voris ripped on someone Fr. Larry admires, Fr. Larry tried to make a fuss about it, and he got his a** handed to him.

I wish I could remember what it was that caused me to not be a fan anymore.  I remember about when it happened, and based on that my guess would be that he showed himself to be a Francis fanboy on Twitter. All I remember for sure is that some people in my area were trying to get him to come talk at an event near me and he was unable to do it. We were disappointed at first, but I remember thinking a little later: “Whew! I just dodged a bullet with that one!”

I had seen him on EWTN a few times, listened to the radio show and never heard anything unorthodox so never thought much about it. The stuff about Church Militant concerns me a little, though I can excuse being hesitant about it (calling it of the devil? That's too much). But defending James Martin? That's the biggest red flag.
Hesitance would be fine, especially if he had shaky formation as a priest. However, I can't get over the irony of him essentially saying, "Church Militant is of the devil! They divide! Stay away from Church Militant! I'm effectively trying to divide you from Church Militant by telling you to stay away! We shouldn't demonize and divide, but they're of the devil!"

Pot, meet kettle.
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