THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
CANONIZING A DISSIDENT
July 2, 2017
This dissident nun should have been excommunicated long ago.
She has been allowed to spread her errors, assisted by liberal
priests and prelates.
And this dissident priest, Fr James Martin, proclaims her
a saint? Are we now honoring and holding up as an ideal sin
rather than sanctity?
There are many of these dissidents within our Church. They
are the enemy within. Oppose them firmly.
"I'm going to canonize Sr. Jeannine Gramick"
DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Celebrity
priest Fr. James Martin, S.J. is claiming a dissident nun
condemned by the Vatican for her homosexualist views should
be declared a "saint."
going to canonize Sr. Jeannine Gramick, who was the co-founder
of New Ways Ministry," said Martin during a June 16 podcast,
as reported by Deacon Jim Russell. "You know in the '80s,
they were really under a microscope, and then in the '90s,
Cdl. George in Chicago said they couldn't call themselves
Catholic; it was really severe, and, you know, she persisted."
this woman who has really struggled, and has really fought,
and has really advocated, at great cost, you know, within
her own Church," Martin continued. "I'd put her
up for canonization, and at least, servant of God, or beatification."
Gramick was formally censured by the Vatican in 1999 and ordered
to stop ministering to homosexuals because she was promoting
views contrary to Church teaching. She defied
the order and continues her
dissent to this day with her group New Ways Ministry, which
has a long history of defiance toward the Church:
Cdl. James Hickey of Washington, D.C. kicked out the organization
from his archdiocese in 1984 for refusing to comply with
The Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated
Life ordered founders Sr. Jeanine Gramick and Fr. Robert
Nugent to " separate themselves totally and completely
from New Ways Ministry," forbidding them from exercising
"any apostolate without faithfully presenting the Church's
teaching regarding the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts"
an order Gramick and Nugent defied
In 1988, the Holy See established a commission under Detroit's
Cdl. Adam Maida to investigate New Ways Ministry, which
recommended disciplinary measures for Gramick and Nugent
for their defiance of Church teaching
The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
took over the investigation in 1995, issuing a declaration
that the teachings presented by New Ways Ministry were "erroneous
The CDF issued a formal declaration in 1999, approved by
Pope St. John Paul II, that the founders' positions on homosexuality
"are doctrinally unacceptable because they do not faithfully
convey the clear and constant teaching of the Catholic Church
in this area"
The CDF concluded: "For these reasons, Sister Jeannine
Gramick, SSND, and Father Robert Nugent, SDS, are permanently
prohibited from any pastoral work involving homosexual persons
and are ineligible, for an undetermined period, for any
office in their respective religious institutes"
This censure has never been lifted.
Gramick has pushed for women priests as well as an end to
Church teaching on contraception. She's also publicly promoted
very saddened that some of our Church leaders have claimed
that marriage must be between one man and one woman,"
she said during a 2012 press conference, "that the definition
of marriage has always been the same, that it cannot change.
Well, this is simply not so."
is the woman Fr. Martin would declare a saint.
Martin recently published a book titled Building a Bridge:
How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into
a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity. Gramick
endorsed the book, writing, "With this book, Father
Martin shows how the Rosary and the rainbow flag can
peacefully meet each other. After this must-read book, you'll
understand why New Ways Ministry honored Father Martin with
its Bridge-Building Award."
With this book, Father Martin shows how the Rosary and the
rainbow flag can peacefully meet each other.
Several prelates also offered high praise for Martin's publication,
with San Diego's Bp. Robert McElroy a well-known, pro-gay
progressive writing, "The Gospel demands that LGBT
Catholics be genuinely loved and treasured in the life of
the Church. They are not. Martin provides us the language,
perspective, and sense of urgency to undertake the arduous
but monumentally Christlike task of replacing a culture of
alienation with a culture of merciful inclusion."
Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican's Dicastery for
Laity, Family and Life, also endorsed the book, along with
Cdl. Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, who recently caused
scandal by giving his blessing to an LGBT pilgrimage and Mass
in his cathedral, where he explicitly avoided calling gay
Catholics to a life of chastity.
Martin avoids insisting that
LGBT Catholics should be called to chastity as the Church
teaches instead focusing on welcoming and accepting
them as they are. He was recently criticized
for justifying the homosexual lifestyle by claiming, "
Pretty much everyone’s lifestyle is sinful."
Phil Lawler of CatholicCulture.org shot back, "That statement
is outrageous. In a sane world, Father Martin's Jesuit superiors
would order him to apologize."
February, Michael Voris aired a Vortex asking Martin
a straightforward question: "Are you homosexual? Yes
or no?" The priest has never answered.
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