The following comes from a December 23 LifeSiteNews article by Pete Baklinski:
A U.S. bishop first appointed last year by Pope Francis is defending his decision to speak at a gay activist conference in April 2017 put on by a “Catholic” group condemned by the Vatican. The bishop argues that he is following the pope’s example of being “merciful” while reaching out to those in the “periphery.”
Bishop John Stowe of the Diocese of Lexington in Kentucky is scheduled to speak at New Ways Ministry’s symposium April 28–30 in Chicago. The event is titled: “Justice and Mercy Shall Kiss: LGBT Catholics in the Age of Pope Francis.”
Stowe defended his decision to speak at the event in a December 15 radio interview on the Mike Allen Radio Show after Church Militant highlighted the matter in a December 9 report.
“I think Pope Francis has signaled that we need to take another look at those things (homosexuality) and I think that Pope Francis has also given us the example, that is, the Church doctrine, the Church teaching has not changed, but the way we approach it has to be merciful,” he said.
New Ways Ministry describes itself as a “gay-positive ministry of advocacy and justice for lesbian and gay Catholics.” It advocates for same-sex “marriage” and the acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle.
The group’s founders, Sr. Jeanine Gramick and Fr. Robert Nugent, were investigated and condemned by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1999 for their “erroneous and dangerous” teaching and were “permanently prohibited from any pastoral work involving homosexual persons,” an order they both defied.
New Ways Ministry has also been condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on two occasions, and they have been banned from Catholic venues in numerous dioceses. In 2015, they were banned from holding an event in a Catholic parish at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
In 2010, then USCCB president Chicago Cardinal Francis George stated that Catholics can be assured that “in no manner is the position proposed by New Ways Ministry in conformity with Catholic teaching and in no manner is this organization authorized to speak on behalf of the Catholic Church or to identify itself as a Catholic organization.” The condemnation was reaffirmed in 2011 by Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl, USCCB chairman of the Committee on Doctrine.
…I don’t know if he “ripped” the Church’s teaching. He seemed he upheld doctrine but felt there are new ways of communicating it. His point about usury is an interesting starting point for discussion. An older customer of mine came back from Vietnam and, having realized over there that he was gay came out to a priest. Father started yelling about Sodom and Gammorah and kept on yelling till he left. Do we really want to go back to those times? I thank God my generation of LGBT Catholics are, for the most part treated with the same loving care as everyone else.
Well, I have heard of the Roman Catholic Church, Coptic Catholic Church, Ethiopian Catholic Church, Eritrean Catholic, Church, Maronite Church, Syrian Catholic Church, Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, Armenian Catholic Church, Chaldean Catholic Church, Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church, Belarusian Greek Catholic Church, Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church, Byzantine Catholic Church of Croatia and Serbia, Greek Byzantine Catholic Church, Hungarian Greek Catholic Church, Italo-Albanian Catholic Church, Macedonian Greek Catholic Church, Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic, Russian Greek Catholic Church, Ruthenian Catholic Church, Slovak Greek Catholic Church, and Ukrainian…
… Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. But, I have never heard of the LGBT Catholic Church.
There is of course no LGBT Catholic Church, but all of the branches you list have LGBT members.
All of those churches, dear Gravey, have married Catholics. Ordained Catholics. Lay Catholics. Male Catholics. Female Catholics. Infant Catholics. Many have Italian Catholics, Irish Catholics, Retired Catholics, even American Catholics. Why not LGBT Catholics?
…I believe some of them also have married, ordained (as priests) Catholics.
The ol saying, ” Great Minds Think Alike”. In this case “SODOMITE” minds think alike.
Our Church badly needs to preach and teach the holy virtue of chastity!
,The Catholic Church needs to really GET SERIOUS about Christ’s religion and morals! She needs to hold all of her clergy,, nuns, and paid and volunteer laymen working for the Church, 100% responsible, for upholding Catholic Faith and Morals- or face excommunication! No more fooling around– too many souls are being lost!!
All people should always be received and accepted, by Christians, in Christ’s Love. All people are His children. And all should be taught Christ’s Truth, and helped to lead a good life! Christian morality– and especially today, the virtue of Chastity!– is a must, for our Nation! Many years ago, all churches used to go out into the world, with a Bible in one hand, and perhaps social services in the other, for human needs. That is exactly what we need, today!
Will Kerry’s speech today and further U.N. resolutions before Obama leaves office increase the punishment the United States will suffer for its anti-Israel words and actions?
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No need to argue whether accepting the homosexual lifestyle changes Church doctrine, it is evil.
Joel … could you please describe the “homosexual lifestyle.” If I’m living one, it seems so much like that of the straight women I know.
The Traumatic Foundation of Male Homosexuality
As a psychologist treating homosexually oriented men, I’ve watched with dismay as the LGBT movement has convinced the world that “gay” requires a revised understanding of the human person.
The psychological profession is much to blame for this shift. Once, it was generally agreed that normality is “that which functions in accordance with its design.” There was no such thing as a “gay person,” for humanity was recognized as naturally and fundamentally heterosexual. In my 30-plus years of clinical practice, I have seen the truth of that original anthropological understanding.
Homosexuality is, in my view,…
Too bad you follow a charlatain. I hope others don’t make the same mistake.
Joel, this current regime in D.C. is and has been the MOST anti-Semitic EVER in the history of the United States, “Hussein” Obama has made it clear over the last 8 years his utter disdain for the State of Israel. Remember this man studied in Indonesia in an ISLAMIC Madrassah as a young man and can recite the Quran in fluent Arabic! Help is on the way, come January 20th Mr. Trump has assured Bebe Netanyahu the U.S. would never turn their back on Israel the ONLY democracy in a violent world with 400,000,000 Arabs who would love to drive them into the sea!!!
The only thing that Bishop Stowe can properly teach LGBTQ people of, is repentance, and the likely effects of continued sinful behavior. Francis is not God, and is not free from error (except in very, very limited circumstances). B. Stowe is obviously guilty of papolatry, Or, perhaps he is “going home” in a sense, to his true tribe (leading to the question, how many bishops are homosexual).
Come on, B. Stowe, stand up like a man, and let us know if you are homosexual. Please don’t throw the Pope under your evil bus (he already has enough to answer for anyway). There is no excuse, for any reason, to speak at this event. You are giving scandal by your misapplication of “mercy.” Fool.
Yes C&H and if they are engaged in a lifestyle of unrepentant mortal sin ie homosexual sex none of them will see the face of God at the hour of the death….
Out of love for God, Holy Mother the Church official doctrine teaches us to not offend God, as not only is God merciful to the repentant sinner; but He is also Just. Go back to the pre-Vatican II Catechism and the purpose of our lives were to know, love, and serve the Lord, not offend Him with our iniquities. This comparatively speaking infinitesimally short earthly life of our is a test of whether we are worthy to be near and enjoy God in Heaven forever. Unrepented and unforgiven sin is not going to get us into Heaven. When Jesus talked to sinners, He didn’t condone them but told them to stop and sin no more! St Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 1, verses 25 – 31 makes it abundantly clear homosexuals are offending God.
This one is for all the ‘anonymous’ (Paid?) Radical Homosex Trolls who take umbrage at ‘charlatans’ – Ahem
Cub Scouts embroiled in transgender controversy
The Cub Scouts are facing a transgender controversy after an eight-year-old born a girl who identifies as a boy was asked to leave a New Jersey pack –
That’s why so many families are getting involved in organizations like American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA. Both are faith-based scouting organizations built on a firm spiritual foundation.
Trail Life USA was founded in 2013 in the aftermath of the BSA’s decision to forego their core values for the sake of political…
So, your best friend announces that s/he is gay. What do you as a committed Catholic do now? Do you read him/her the appropriate sections of the Catechism and tell him/her to repent? Or do you offer to help them on their journey as he/she confronts this new reality and its relationship to the Church and salvation? If you want to help, be pastoral, what do you say, what do you do, what do you listen for? How is your relationship with your best friend changed? How is his/her position in the parish changed? Whom do you tell?
Since I have had and continue to have spiritual directees who have same-sex attractions, I certainly don’t discount the fact that this attraction can not be acted upon. While that fact is not the whole of the spiritual relationship and discussions, there is no fuzziness or pretending on my part about the grave spiritual danger acting upon these feelings entail.
Bob One– it is a challenge, to sincerely follow Christ! We have to be prepared to give up all for Him! We must follow God’s Will- and surrender our own! He will give you the words to say, to help your friend– and also, the prayers to say, to win your friend’s soul over to Christ! Christ will do everything, if you give Him the chance! We cannot do these difficult things, all on our own! What if your best friend told you, he was having an affair with another friend’s wife? Or had stolen money from the business where you both worked? Or had an addiction he was hiding, to alcohol, or to dope? Or, sadly– that he was secretly gay, had AIDS– and didn’t tell anyone, even his current sex partner— very dangerous??? Only Christ…
I will continue, with my above post. Only Christ can give us the right words, the right prayers to say, and the right actions, to help our family and friends, in difficult, morally-wrong situations! Sometimes– it may take many years of daily prayers, sacrifices, and loving words of encouragement– to try to help bring an “errant” family member, or friend, to Christ! St. Monica prayed for her errant son, St. Augustine, for thirty years, for his conversion! And she finally got her heart’s desire, for her beloved son!
Why not LGBT Catholics?….because they are not Catholics no matter how your try to twist it YFC,,, I mean by your reasoning why not incest and pedophile Catholics….
The old rules have not changed. Scripture has not changed. God’s offense at sodomy and homosexuality has not changed. That God’s anger at the slaughter of the innocent has not changed. Do not fool yourselves, homosexuals and lesbians and abortion defenders, the bell still tolls for you, no matter what the Liberals would like you to believe.
Wait a minute Bohemond … I was baptized, confirmed, went to Catholic school, receive the sacraments,
voluunteer at my parish and try …sometimes I fail but I try .. to live the life God wants me to. Are you saying just because I’m a lesbian you have the authority to kick me out of the Church. As my Irish grandmother used t say, “Them’s fight’n words.”
And the eternal fires of Hell are forever! Many will go there those who do not truly love God by following and being obedient to His teachings in the Holy Bible. No cafeteriaism is accepted; however repentance, sorrow, and amendment is accepted to attain eternal life in Heaven. If you love God above yourself and others, you will want to obey Him and not offend God. That is what is meant by fearing God. Loving God so much you fear to offend Him.
Bob One, only the young are maleable to any counseling that you are willing to provide on the iniquity of homosexuality. For adults who are set in their ways especially flaunting and pushing their gross iniquities to be accepted, prayers for homosexuals to see God’s truth repent and amend their lives is the best approacc. Just don’t be afraid to stand up for God and His truth when given the opportunities and challenges to do so. May God bless and guide you back to traditional Roman Catholicism.