To respond to the Vatican’s recent reaffirmation of a ban on gay priests and seminarians, New Ways Ministry is launching a signature campaign for Catholics to show support for the gay men who serve them pastorally through ordained ministry. You can read the full text of the statement, and sign it, by clicking here.
The statement, entitled “The Gift of Gay Priests’ Vocations,” expresses the idea that Catholics are well aware that gay men are already serving very faithfully and successfully in the Church. Moreover, the statement attests to the fact that Catholics are grateful for the ministry and witness of gay priests, and it makes note of the unique perspective and gifts that they bring to the Church. The title of the New Ways Ministry statement “corrects” the title of the Vatican document which condemns gay priests, “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation.”
In addition to describing the blessing that gay priests offer the Church, the statement offers the following affirmation:
“To our gay priests and seminarians, we say, ‘Thank you! Despite what the Vatican has said about you, we offer you our total support. You are welcome in this church. You are one of us. You are wonderfully made.’ “
You can read “The Gift of Gay Priests’ Vocations” in full, and sign it, by clicking here. The deadline for signing the statement is December 31, 2016. Copies of the the statement and the signers’ names will be sent to:
- Pope Francis
- Cardinal Beniamino Sella, Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy
- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- The many gay priests that New Ways Ministry is in touch with.
We also encourage you to alert the gay priests and seminarians that you know to see the support which they have received from Catholics around the world. Do so after the deadline of December 31, 2016, so that they can see the full list.
We want this statement to let Church leaders know that Catholics welcome the ministry of gay men in the priesthood and do not want a ban on their admission to seminaries and ordination. We also want this statement to let gay priests know that Catholics stand with them through this latest attack on their dignity and integrity.
Please share the statement with friends of yours so that they can sign it, too. Send them this URL:
Use your social media and email contacts to spread the word!
–Francis DeBernardo and Robert Shine, New Ways Ministry, December 9, 2016