Bishop Bars Sr. Jeannine Gramick from North Carolina Family Gathering

Tone deaf: one US Bishop’s response to Pope Francis’ call for a more inclusive, truly loving church. Somewhere in the Gospels bishops like Jugis have perhaps discovered Christ’s call to expel Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays? (PFLAG)

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Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo in St. Peter's Square following the Ash Wednesday audience. Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo in St. Peter’s Square following the Ash Wednesday papal audience.

Sr. Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, has been barred from speaking at a Catholic parish in North Carolina, a move which seems to contradict Pope Francis’ initiatives for a more listening and merciful church.

Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte personally expelled a PFLAG-Charlotte event from St. Peter Catholic Church where it was set to be held, according to QNotes. (PFLAG stands for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.) Diocesan spokesperson David Hains explained that Jugis acted against Sr. Gramick’s presence because of her connection to New Ways Ministry and outspoken support for LGBT rights. Gramick is in Ireland at the moment, encouraging Catholics to vote for marriage equality in that nation’s upcoming referendum.

LGBT advocates are criticizing Jugis’ decision as out of touch, contrasting it with Pope Francis and a new era in the Catholic Church he is…

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2 comments on “Bishop Bars Sr. Jeannine Gramick from North Carolina Family Gathering
  1. Moya Gray says:

    Seems to me that many of these issues are so politicized that the underlying concerns cannot be addressed, that our pride overrides our humanity & our desire to abide in Him. It reminds me of Jesus’ response to the group who wanted to stone the woman accused of adultery.

  2. Patricia says:

    I could never support such a church.

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