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Vatican Condemns Homosexuality as Intrinsically Evil

22-Year U.S. Roman Catholic Ministry to Gays Ended

Priest and Nun Barred Forever from Ministering to Gays

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popesmile.jpg - 9.05 K Pope John Paul II continues his attacks on homosexuality Vatican City—July 13--A 22-year old U.S. ministry to Roman Catholic gays and lesbians-- New Ways Ministry-- has been quashed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the singular institution most credited with having carried out, in previous centuries, the Inquisition.

A Catholic priest and nun, the Reverend Robert Nugent and Sister Jeannine Gramick have been told that they must never again take up their ministry because they have failed —in the light of Roman Catholic doctrine—to condemn homosexuality as intrinsically evil.

Pope John Paul II endorsed this biased stand prior to its being made public.

While gay and lesbian Catholics continue to hope to be integrated into the mainstream of their Church, the Vatican's most recent move seems to offer little more than death to such hopes.

Only last month, Robert Miailovich, President of Dignity/USA wrote of Jack Nichols, GayToday's Senior Editor, that he was guilty of "anti-Catholicism" demonstrated, he said, in Nichols' feature article about an Australian archbishop's anti-gay campaigning.

The Dignity/USA President, calling himself: "a gay Catholic who believes that his spirituality and his sexuality can be and are reconciled" said "I take exception to the anti-Catholicism that seems to underpin the article."

Miailovich counseled Nichols: "Your coverage of the relationship between Church prelates and Church members would be more helpful if it was less combative."

Asked yesterday how he felt about GayToday's Catholic coverage, Nichols said: "The Vatican is clearly—and always has been—a primary enemy of same-sex love and affection. I can't bring myself to soften criticisms of Roman Catholicism in the face of such continuous instances of blatant hate-mongering. Do I think the Roman Church is capable of reform? No."

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has accused the Maryland-based priest and nun of causing—with "erroneous" and "dangerous" teachings "confusion among the Catholic people" and charges that they have "harmed the community of the Church.''

The Congregation also claims that U.S. bishops have long been complaining about New Ways Ministry.

Washington Archbishop Cardinal James A. Hickey, released a statement explaining that the Vatican's decision to call same-sex love "intrinsically evil" had not been made without careful consideration.

``The Holy See was very careful and very patient in undertaking such a serious action,'' Hickey announced. ``Both (the priest and the nun) were given numerous opportunities over the past 20 years to clarify their beliefs and to assent to the Church's full teaching on homosexuality.''

Nugent and Gramick, who'd ignored Church warnings to end their ministry, published two books instead: `Building Bridges: Gay and Lesbian Reality and the Catholic Church and Voices of Hope: A Collection of Positive Catholic Writings on Gay and Lesbian Issues.

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