Magazine article The Christian Century

Priest and Nun Barred from Ministry to Gays

Magazine article The Christian Century

Priest and Nun Barred from Ministry to Gays

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Robert Nugent, whose nearly 30-year ministry with gays and lesbians has been banned by the Vatican,, says that because he is "a son of the church ... with a vow of obedience," he will accept the Vatican prohibition. But in a statement issued after the Vatican announced on July 13 that Nugent, 62, and Sister Jeannine Gramick, 57, co-founders of New Ways Ministry, could no longer provide pastoral care for the gay community, he rejected the Vatican's charge that he had thwarted church teaching on homosexuality.

Nugent noted that in 1998 he gave the Vatican a written declaration in which he asserted that he had "never deliberately denied or placed in doubt any Catholic teaching which requires the assent of theological faith" and never "publicly rejected or opposed any proposition that is to be held definitively." But he said the Vatican responded that the statement did not clarify his "internal adherence'" to church teaching that homosexuality is a "disorder" and homosexual activity a sin. …

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