Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Priest Boots LGBT Group From Parish

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A parish priest is telling an LGBT group they are "no longer welcome to exist" at the parish.

Father Gordon Mann, the pastor of St. Mary parish in Evansville, Indiana, told Rainbow Catholics in Christ  (RCC) they can't hold their monthly meetings at the parish, which they had been doing for 12 years, because they don't support Catholic Church teaching. The priest told the group in February, but RCC made it public last week.

The letter indicated the group could stay if they conform to the approved Catholic model used by the group Courage/Encourage.

Courage helps people who struggle with same-sex attraction (SSA) to live according to Catholic moral teaching. It encourages chastity, dedication to genuine Catholic spirituality and the frequent reception of the sacraments of confession and the Holy Eucharist. It also inspires members to help others struggling with SSA and to give a good example.

RCC members, however, don't want to run the group that way. The group's leader, Wally Paynter, maintains "spiritual and psychological harm" would be done to members if they followed the Church-approved Courage/Encourage guidelines.  (more...)

Meanwhile, in Toronto:

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