Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

US bishops leader warns: gay-friendly group not in line with Church teaching

Catholic World News - February 08, 2010

The president of the US bishops' conference has issued a reminder that New Ways Ministry, a Maryland-based group that works with homosexuals and lesbians, "has no approval or recognition from the Catholic Church." Cardinal Francis George of Chicago added that New Ways Ministry fails to provide "an authentic interpretation of Catholic teaching."

"Like other groups that claim to be Catholic but deny central aspects of church teaching," the cardinal observed, New Ways Ministry does not speak for the Catholic faithful. The group's founders, Sister Jeanine Gramick and Father Robert Nugent, were warned by the Vatican in 1999 that their public statements on homosexuality contained "ambiguities and errors." They were ordered not to speak or write on the topic-- an order that Nugent has observed but Gramick has defied.

New Ways Ministry issued a statement of its own claiming to be "astonished" by Cardinal George's public caution and complaining that the group was not notified that the cardinal would be issuing such a statement.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($20,391 to go):
$35,000.00 $14,608.73
58% 42%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: raymondfrice9926 - Feb. 08, 2010 10:45 PM ET USA

    The US conference of catholic bishops has had homosexual bishops in it as is well documented by the courts in sex abuse cases. Why do the bishops condemn others and indirectly condemn themselves?? Brothers, the beam is in your eye!!

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Targeting the Pope? 14 hours ago
Gregory the Great, Christ, the Church and the Soul in the Song of Songs 16 hours ago
New Ebook on Renewal and Evangelization September 15
More evidence that you can't trust the Pill September 15
Did Cardinal McCarrick compare Allah to the Trinity? September 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days