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Gay Ministry Nun Can’t Speak at Church in N.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) – Sister Jeannine Gramick, censured for her opposition to Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality and marriage, will not be allowed to speak at a Catholic church in Charlotte.

The Sister of Loretto was to have been the keynote speaker at a public program titled “Including LGBT People and Their Families in Faith Communities: A Conference Open to All,” at St. Peter Church.

The program was organized by the parish’s gay and lesbian ministry and the Charlotte chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, which is a group for parents, families and friends of those identifying as homosexual that is not associated with the Catholic Church.

After he was made aware of Sister Gramick’s expected appearance, Charlotte Bishop Peter J. Jugis directed Jesuit Father Pat Earl, pastor of St. Peter Church, to not allow her to speak at the church.

Sister Gramick is the co-founder of New Ways Ministry, an outreach to gays and lesbians, which the U.S. bishops have said for years has no approval or recognition from the Catholic Church and … cannot speak on behalf of the Catholic faithful in the U.S.

David Hains, diocesan director of communication, said in a brief statement: “New Ways does not speak legitimately for the teaching of the Catholic Church and therefore cannot be allowed to hold gatherings on church property.”

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual attraction itself is not sinful, though homosexual actions are sinful. It teaches that marriage is only a union between a man and a woman.