A Texas bishop has expressed his hope that participants in an LGBT Catholic ministry conference will share Catholic teaching. Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler was responding to a Twitter advertisement for the June conference posted by LGBT activist priest Fr. James Martin, S.J. “May those who join in this Conference share the full message of Catholic teaching,” Strickland tweeted in reply. “If Catholics minister without calling sinful behavior sinful then their work is neither truly Catholic nor true ministry. True compassion calls the person from sin to virtue.”
Fr. Martin’s advertisement reassured his fans that the event is still taking place. “Since many people have been asking, yes, Outreach 2020, the #LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Conference, is still on track,” he tweeted. “It will be held at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus from June 18–20. We should have registration information up within a few days. Stay tuned!” Martin originally announced the event in November of last year.
The intervention was typical of Bishop Strickland, who often uses social media to defend Catholic teaching. Strickland is also known to have challenged his fellow bishops about permitting priests to offer views that contract Catholicism. In a meeting of the USCCB in 2018, he reminded them that “homosexual activity is immoral” and that “real care comes from acknowledging the sin.”
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