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Montana bishop cancels gay organization's open house at parish

Catholic World News - April 08, 2010

Bishop Michael Warfel of Great Falls-Billings has canceled the monthly meeting of a gay support group, Always Our Children, at a Catholic parish in Billings. At Always Our Children’s April 6 open house, a sportswriter and his partner were scheduled to speak.

“I received a number of inquiries from Catholics who were confused about the presentation and who was sponsoring it,” said Bishop Warfel. “And there was some question about a conflict with Catholic teaching on homosexuality,” he added. “So I asked that it be moved to another site in order to eliminate confusion.”

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  • Posted by: DrJazz - Apr. 08, 2010 7:36 PM ET USA

    I did read the whole story. He was too gentle. It is apparent from AOC's choice of speaker that it is not in agreement with the Church's teaching on homosexuality, even though it is named after a US Bishops' pastoral. Thus, the parish should not have hosted any AOC meetings. The AOC spokeswoman said, "This is just one more proof of the work that needs to be done..." Of what work is she speaking? Changing the Church's teaching, that's what! Now is the time for clear teaching, not gentleness.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Apr. 08, 2010 6:34 PM ET USA

    From the article, it didn't sound like the group was a Catholic group, just one that was making use of the church facilities. So the only thing the Bishop could do was to tell them to go elsewhere.

  • Posted by: Steve214 - Apr. 08, 2010 5:40 PM ET USA

    When are we going to start acting as though we believe that eternal souls are at stake? And act accordingly?

  • Posted by: Skip - Apr. 08, 2010 5:34 PM ET USA

    DrJazz, he was being gentle, but firm. Read the whole story. He did the right thing. You have no idea what this new bishop goes through with all the whacky stuff here in Montana. You should encourage him, not criticize. He IS teaching in accord with the faith.....you should not judge so quickly.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Apr. 08, 2010 8:14 AM ET USA

    What is this "moved to another site in order to eliminate confusion" stuff? Cancel it, period. No one is confused; everyone knows what the Church teaches about homosexuality. The only question is whether Always Our Children, Bishop Warfel, or anyone else, is teaching in accord with the faith. If not, they shouldn't be associated with the Church in any way, and the Bishop should state so clearly.

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