The Mass was originally planned to take place in a small room in the Capitol, but the organizers had to relocate it to a room, “probably three times the size,” Ellis said, citing the large number of RSVPs from people wanting to attend.
He said that his organization was working with the Catholic advocacy group CatholicVote to publicize the event.
Ellis added that the Mass was “great” and that he received a lot of positive feedback from those who attended.
“So it was very nice. And certainly nothing that the Capitol has seen, I think, in a long time, if ever,” he said.
He said that the priest who celebrated the Mass asked to remain anonymous.
CNA reached out to each congressman for comment but did not receive a response Tuesday night.
The leaked FBI memo, dated Jan. 23, 2023, claims that racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists will likely become more interested in “radical-traditionalist Catholic ideology” within the next 12 to 24 months “in the run-up to the next general election cycle.”
It points to potential “policy issues of mutual interest” between “radical-traditional” Catholics and violent extremists such as “abortion rights, immigration, affirmative action, and LGBTQ protections.”
Marked “unclassified/for official use only,” the document includes a list of organizations with Catholic ties that are listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of hate groups. Some of the organizations identified in the document as adhering to “radical-traditionalist Catholic ideology” include Tradition in Action, The Remnant, Culture Wars Magazine, and the Fatima Crusader.
In response to an inquiry from CNA at the time of the leak, the FBI said it would remove the document because “it does not meet our exacting standards.”
Following the leak of the memo, the U.S. bishops denounced it as “troubling and offensive.”
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The House Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government launched a monthslong investigation into the memo, which culminated in an interim report released in December.
Speaking to Erik Rosales on “EWTN News Nightly” in an interview published Monday, Speaker Johnson — a member of the judiciary committee — said that the FBI has been “weaponized.”
“Well, Congress has a very important responsibility of oversight, and we have to bring accountability for agencies that have been spun out of control,” he said.
“Really we use the term weaponized because that’s exactly what it is. We have agencies that were designed to protect and serve the American people in so many cases in recent years, and the Biden administration, have been turned against them. And that’s just what the facts show,” he said.
“To keep a constitutional republic — a government of, by, and for the people — the people have to believe that their justice system is fair and that they’re not picking on or discriminating against people of faith. And we’ve got to make sure that that happens,” Johnson concluded.
That full interview can be seen below: