Pervert org helps sodomites stay in sin…
Francis endorses controversial “New Ways Ministry”
UPDATES 13-DEC-2021 20:56 UTC:
- Vatican official apologizes for taking down LGBTQ resource
- New Ways Ministry Responds to Apology from Official at Vatican’s Synod Office
After over eight years at the helm of the Vatican II Sect, Jorge Bergoglio (“Pope Francis”) is still busy doing what he does best: cause chaos.
On Dec. 8, the public was informed that earlier this year, the Argentinian Jesuit pretending to be Pope had sent two private letters to Mr. Francis DeBernardo, the executive director of the controversial New Ways Ministry, an American “Catholic” organization that promotes sexual sins against nature and falsifies the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The “Pope” reportedly thanked DeBernardo for his infernal work and spoke kindly of the notorious Sr. Jeannine Gramick, one of the co-founders of New Ways Ministry.
The grossly-misnamed National Catholic Reporter broke the story; it was echoed by La Croix International, and Life Site reported on it as well:
- “Pope Francis thanks New Ways Ministry in recent correspondence” (National Catholic Reporter)
- “Pope thanks New Ways Ministry for work with LGBT Catholics” (La Croix International)
- “Pope Francis praises dissident pro-LGBT ‘Catholic’ group previously condemned by the Church” (Life Site)
New Ways Ministry is so bad that even the official Novus Ordo authorities generally do not approve of it (well, with the exception of Bergoglio now and also his clone, “Bp.” John Stowe of Lexington):
- Statement on New Ways Ministry by “Cardinal” Francis George (2010)
- USCCB Statement on New Ways Ministry (2011)
- “Toledo Bishop Bans Conference of Catholic Ministry to Gays for Failure to Adhere to Church Teaching”
- “Archdiocese bans gay rights speaker from Detroit parish”
A quick review of New Way‘s web site makes clear what the organization is about. Spoiler alert: virtue, decency, and orthodoxy aren’t it. Its official mission statement says all you need to know:
New Ways Ministry educates and advocates for justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Catholics, and reconciliation within the larger church and civil communities.
Through research, publication and education about sexual orientation and gender identity, we foster dialogue among groups and individuals, identify and combat personal and structural homophobia and transphobia, work for changes in attitudes and promote the acceptance of LGBTQ people as full and equal members of church and society.
In its own coverage of the glowing letters received from Francis, New Ways gives some interesting background information:
The correspondence became public the same week that a New Ways Ministry webinar about the Synod on Synodality was posted and subsequently removed from a Vatican website. The removal was reportedly prompted by an intervention from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
That removal by church officials is what lead New Ways Ministry to share its correspondence. DeBernardo said doing so was a “big mistake” on the part of church officials because “having our video up there was a way of showing that the Vatican was serious about reaching out to marginalized people, LGBTQ people in particular.”
(Robert Shine, “Pope Francis Writes to New Ways Ministry: ‘Thank You for Your Neighborly Work'”, New Ways Ministry, Dec. 9, 2021)
More information about the removed webinar from the official Synod resource page is available here:
- “Synod of Bishops Removes Resource Page Link to New Ways Ministry” (National Catholic Register)
- Cached page: The Webinar Link as a Synod Resource before its removal (Internet Archive)
- Video: The removed Webinar: “From the Margins to the Center: LGBTQ Catholics & Synodality” (New Ways Ministry)
- Promo: “New Ways Ministry Webinar To Explore LGBTQ Catholics’ Participation in Synodal Process “ (New Ways Ministry)
New Ways has been doing its infernal work since 1977. The first condemnation came in 1984 by their local Novus Ordo bishop, “Cardinal” James Hickey at the time, after his efforts at straightening them out — no pun intended — had failed.
On May 31, 1999, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) under then-“Cardinal” Joseph Ratzinger (the future “Pope” Benedict XVI) published a notification decreeing that “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.” The two co-founders didn’t respond the same way to the silencing:
Gramick ultimately chose not to comply and has continued to be a vocal advocate for gays in the church.
Nugent took a different approach. “Father Bob,” as he was known in his longtime parish at St. John the Baptist in New Freedom, Pa., counseled gay and lesbian Catholics privately and advised theologians and scholars working on issues of homosexuality. “He never gave up his commitment to lesbian and gay Catholics, although he had to give up his public work with them,” said Francis De Bernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry.
(Elaine Woo, “Father Robert Nugent dies at 76; priest who supported gays, lesbians”, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 4, 2014)
Now that Francis has sent two letters of “endorsement”, so to speak, New Ways is being rehabilitated de facto. While conservative Novus Ordo apologists will be quick to argue that “a private letter from the Pope can’t overturn a magisterial document” such as the 1999 decree of the CDF, that’s beside the point. Francis isn’t so much interested in a formal, official, or juridical rehabilitation as a factual rehabilitation in the eyes of the public. Insofar as individual souls are concerned, the damage done is virtually the same.
Think about it: Hardly anyone will bother to look up what an official decree says on the Vatican web site. Most wouldn’t even know where to look or what to look for exactly. However, when the press reports something along the lines of, “Pope greenlights Catholic gay rights group”, all the damage is done. It simply doesn’t matter what some “official” document may say — souls have already been poisoned. Francis knows this and takes advantage of it.
Bergoglio is an existentialist and so he prioritizes the concrete over the abstract: “realities are greater than ideas”, he wrote in 2013 (“Apostolic” Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, n. 231), apparently forgetting that that principle is itself an idea. Either way, he is interested in bringing about facts first, trusting that these facts generate the corresponding ideas in due time. Thus Francis’ revolution is mostly practical and concrete. One of the theoretical tools he uses to enable his desired revolution-in-practice is his concept of “accompaniment”. A perfect example of this could been seen earlier this year:
Bergoglio is a through-the-back-door kind of guy, and he has been very successful with that strategy.
All things considered, the “new ways” of New Ways are really just the ancient ways of sin. We recall the divinely-inspired words of St. Jude the Apostle:
Godless men, long since destined thus to incur condemnation, have found their way secretly into your company, and are perverting the life of grace our God has bestowed on us into a life of wantonness; they even deny Jesus Christ, our one Lord and Master. Learn one lesson, and you know all. Let me remind you, how the Saviour who had rescued his people from Egypt went on to destroy those who had proved unfaithful. The angels, too, who left the place assigned to them, instead of keeping their due order, he has imprisoned in eternal darkness, to await their judgement when the great day comes. So with Sodom and Gomorrha and the cities round them, which fell into the same debauchery as their neighbours and pursued unnatural lust; they bear, for our warning, their sentence of eternal fire. And so it is with these as it was with those others; they pollute nature, they defy authority, they insult august names.
(Jude 4-8; Knox translation)
Instead of ensuring that sodomites remain in mortal sin and try to find “happiness” in that state, New Ways Ministry should instead seek to genuinely help same-sex-attracted people by enabling them to overcome their disordered inclinations, above all with the assistance of divine grace, and thus be freed from that miserable state that continually ensnares them in the foulest vices.
Now that would truly be a “new way” for them.
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