.- Sr. Jeannine Gramick, founder of a dissenting outreach effort to homosexual persons, in an interview with a Dallas-area homosexual paper has claimed to see a disconnect between laity and the Catholic bishops. She also asserted that as many as 50 percent of Catholic priests are homosexual.
Sr. Gramick co-founded New Ways Ministry in 1977. The organization describes itself as a âgay-positive ministry of advocacy and justice,â but the U.S. bishops have criticized its approach to Catholic moral teaching. She was has also faced disciplinary action from the Vatican.
The sister has been in Dallas to attend the Leadership Conference of Womenâs Religious (LCWR) and to speak to a group of Catholics. The LCWR is itself undergoing a doctrinal investigation from the Vatican.
In an interview with the newspaper The Dallas Voice, published on Aug. 12, Sr. Gramick said she believes God is calling her to do her work.
At her Wednesday speaking engagement at the homosexual Resource Center Dallas, she spoke with a teacher concerned she would be fired if she helped students who âcame outâ as homosexuals to her.
According to The Dallas Voice, Sr. Gramick said the teacher should help her students by teaching âthe full range of Catholic theologies.â While the hierarchy teaches one thing, Gramick claimed, a âvast majorityâ of Catholic writers and theologians teach something else.
She estimated that as many as half of all priests are homosexual, claiming that people go to church because they like the priest and do not care about his sexual orientation.
Sr. Gramick referred to the story of a church in Greenwich Village which has marched in the New York âgay prideâ parade, but was told by Archbishop Timothy Dolan that they could not carry their churchâs banner in this yearâs parade. According to the sister, the marchers instead wore T-shirts with their churchâs logo and carried a blank banner.
âThey were on CNN. That was great publicity for the church that was being gay friendly,â Gramick claimed. âNot so good for the archbishop.â
According to The Dallas Voice, New Ways Ministry is experimenting with a new program to target legislators as well as Catholic grassroots voters in Maryland.
In a February 5, 2010 statement, Cardinal Francis George said that New Ways Ministry has âno approval or recognition from the Catholic Churchâ and âcannot speak on behalf of the Catholic faithful in the United States.â
New Ways Ministry was like âother groups that claim to be Catholic but deny central aspects of Church teaching.â Its âcrucial defect,â according to the cardinal, was its âlack of adherenceâ to Church teaching on the morality of homosexual acts.
âNo one should be misled by the claim that New Ways Ministry provides an authentic interpretation of Catholic teaching and an authentic Catholic pastoral practice,â the cardinal said. âTheir claim to be Catholic only confuses the faithful regarding the authentic teaching and ministry of the Church with respect to persons with a homosexual inclination.â