Despite being censured by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and asked to refrain from continuing to speak publicly on homosexuality, Sister Jeannine Gramick has continued speaking. On February 12, Gramick was invited to speak at Stonehill College, a Catholic institution located in Easton, Mass. Gramick is the founder of New Ways Ministry, an organization dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics.
Gramick’s two-hour presentation was co-sponsored by faculty members of Stonehill’s religious studies department, the gender and sexuality studies program, the Moore Center for Gender Equity, PRIDE, and the Moreau Honors Program.
Speaking in the College’s Alumni Hall, Gramick spoke about the “signs of hope” she sees in the Church’s support for same-sex marriage and what she describes as changes in the institutional structures of the Church. In 2011, she spoke at Fairfield University.
In 2000, in response to Gramick's teaching that homosexuality is a legitimate "alternative" lifestyle, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith noted the “grave doctrinal error” in her work and declared that she should no longer be engaged in pastoral work with homosexuals. According to the Vatican, her teachings "have caused confusion among the Catholic people and have harmed the community of the Church." Her own religious order - the School Sisters of Notre Dame – asked her to stop speaking publicly on homosexuality. Sister Gramick made her intention to disobey the Church clear. She transferred to another order – the Sisters of Loretto – from which she could continue her ministry. She has continued to promote the homosexual lifestyle, so-called same-sex "marriage," and has condemned the Church's teachings on homosexuality.
"We cannot afford to let our dissenters be silenced," Sr. Gramick wrote in the Catholics for Choice magazine. "They are a gift to our church."
Student Daniel Gardiner, writing on the Stonehill blog,wrote:
The fact that Sister Jeannine Grammick was welcomed to our college speaks volumes about the experience Stonehill students are given. Our institution was founded by the Congregation of the Holy Cross and our Catholic identity is something of which we are very cognizant. By bringing Sister Jeannine to our campus and welcoming her discussion among our students, faculty and staff, we are sending a very clear signal that not only are we an open minded community but a community which fosters rich discussion on the topics that may be marked as controversial but we deem as important and worthwhile.
As part of New Ways Ministry’s work, it maintains a comprehensive list of more than 100 of what it describes as “gay friendly Catholic colleges and universities.”
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