Trans-Scandal at Immaculate Conception Shrine in Atlanta?

Open letter to Archbishop Hartmayer of Atlanta republished from the Remnant

14 March 2024

The Most Rev. Gregory Hartmayer (
Archdiocese of Atlanta
2401 Lake Park Dr SE
Smyrna, GA 30080

Your Excellency,

I ask you to stop the scandal being given by personnel at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta (cf. can. 212 §2-3). Two men are being given positions of prominence who claim to be women and are being addressed by incorrect names/pronouns.

At Holy Mass, the only persons who are supposed to be serving at the altar are those who are known for their good morals and fidelity to the Church’s Magisterium (cf. Redemptionis Sacramentum 46). The only persons to be admitted to baptism are those who have been tested in the Christian life during their preparation (cf. can. 865). Baptism sponsors are supposed to lead a life of faith (cf. can, 874 §1, 3°).

The Shine is giving the impression to observers (including many priests) that it is morally acceptable for a man to obstinately reject his God-given sex, demand to be treated as a woman, and to have self-mutilation surgery. Further, the Shrine is leading observers to conclude that it is morally acceptable to speak to a gender confused man in ways that affirm he is a woman.

Both men are repeatedly altar servers at Mass. One, in the presence of many diocesan priests, was standing behind Cardinal Gregory swinging the thurible with incense during the Eucharistic prayer and had led the procession. The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception had a banner at a LGBTQ pride parade and these two men, presenting as women, were carrying the banner. The Shrine’s banner also publicized the Fortunate & Faithful Families group which shows it has the “approval and support of the Archbishop of Atlanta” (cf. who we are”).

Thank you for your consideration.


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February 24, 2024, Priest’s Funeral
RCIA sponsor leads procession with incense and stands behind Wilton Cardinal Gregory for Eucharistic Prayer. Newly baptized server seated behind ambo duration of Mass. (17:38; 48.43; 1:16:12)
feb 24

January 28, 2024
Serving at the altar at Mass and holding Lectionary for Gospel (5.53; 15;14; 44.54)
jan 28

Jan. 9, 2024 Facebook post (by newly baptized person)
“Today I am taking my next step in my transition journey. I will be getting breast implants ?. Yay boobies lol! So wish me luck and I will post updates. I am super happy to have Alison by my side.”
Jan 09

October 15, 2023 carrying Shrine’s banner in Atlanta Pride parade
oct 23