Why Did Pope Francis Meet With Pro-“LGBTQ+” Co-Founder Of New Ways Ministry?

“Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. … Scandal is grave when given by those who by nature or office are obliged to teach and educate others.” — CCC 2285; cf. Lk 17:1

On Tuesday, October 17th, Pope Francis received Jeannine Gramick, SL, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, at his residence, Casa Santa Marta in Rome. New Ways bills itself as a Catholic outreach ministry that advocates for equity and inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the Church. The ministry is a scandal ridden organization with a contentious history of defiance. Not surprisingly, the meeting was described by James Martin, SJ, as a “significant step forward in the church’s outreach to LGBTQ Catholics.”

The group was censored by both Pope John Paul II and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Since 1984, New Ways has often run afoul of the US bishops. Cardinal James Hickey of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. met with Gramick and co-founder, Robert Nugent in an effort to bring their ministry into alignment with Catholic doctrinal teaching on homosexuality. The pair refused the Cardinal’s counsel. Cardinal Hickey banned New Ways Ministry in the archdiocese.

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