May 5, 2009

Toledo Bishop Leonard Blair nixes sisters' "New Ways Ministry" workshop

Good news!

The Toledo Blade reported (click on this post's title) on May 1 that Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo wrote the head of the Sisters of St. Francis, Sister Jacquelyn Doepker, to tell her to cancel a New Ways Ministry three-day workshop she had scheduled to begin on May 1 at the sisters' campus in Tiffin.

The news story noted that New Ways Ministry describes itself as "a gay-positive ministry of advocacy and justice for lesbian and gay Catholics."

The news report quoted this from Bishop Blair's letter to the sisters:

"...the positions of New Ways Ministry are not at all in accord with the guidelines for pastoral care which the bishops of the United States issued in 2006 regarding 'Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination.' Nor does New Ways Ministry present the full, authentic teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexuality."

The newspaper also noted this:

"Bishop Blair recently was named by the Vatican to assess the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an organization representing 95 percent of the nation's 67,000 Catholic nuns, including the Tiffin Franciscans."

(I learned about the news story from today's New Oxford Review Daily Feed.)


Blogger Molly said...

Thanks for sharing that story.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to a New Ways workshop years ago to see what this dissenting group was all about. It was awful. Most of the attendees were "gay friendly" Catholics who idolized Gramick and Nugent. Gramick and Nugent are slick, warm/fuzzy individuals who are promoting sodomy big tim.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Karen M. said...

I hear they eat lobster, too. Minutus cantorum, minutus balorum, minutus carbonata descendum pantorum.

4:13 PM  

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