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Gay Catholics in Minneapolis angry at change in archdiocese’s direction

November 19, 2009

A group of gay Catholics and former Catholics in Minneapolis organized a forum to protest the archdiocese’s support of Courage, which helps Catholics who experience same-sex attractions to live chastely. The group is also protesting the concept of reparative therapy.

“[Retired Archbishop] Harry Flynn came to us-- we didn't go to them, they came to us-- in the late 1990s and asked us to serve as resource people for the Church," said Michael Bayly, executive coordinator of the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities (CPCSM), which provided “sensitivity training” under Archbishop Flynn’s leadership. Under his successor-- Archbishop John Nienstedt-- "the archdiocese won't even take our phone calls."


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  • Posted by: GabrielAustin9013 - Nov. 20, 2009 1:54 PM ET USA

    It is difficult to understand the fury of those opposed to "reparative" therapy. For the Church, homosexual activity is as sinful as heterosexual activity outside of marriage. Both are addictions, like drunkenness. COURAGE refutes the notion that it is impossible to be chaste. This is what the argument is about - chastity.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Nov. 19, 2009 3:19 PM ET USA

    Thanks be to God for Archbishop Neinstedt! May his numbers increase.

  • Posted by: adamah - Nov. 19, 2009 10:41 AM ET USA

    It's actually a sad commentary when a group is surprised when a bishop upholds Church teaching. It speaks to the fact that so many bishops do not support certain Church teachings.

  • Posted by: singer - Nov. 19, 2009 10:09 AM ET USA

    So CPCSM is upset that a new archbishop supports a group that upholds Church teaching on same-sex attraction? What is this world coming to....