MOUNT RAINIER, Maryland, July 31, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The homosexual advocacy group New Ways Ministry is compiling a list of “gay-friendly” Catholic colleges and universities.
New Ways Ministry began publishing a “gay-friendly” parish list 20 years ago and had 33 parishes from 14 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, according to its blog. Now it has a robust representation with “well over 200 parishes listed.” The inaugural “gay-friendly” parish list also contained seven colleges “whose Catholic student communities were known to be gay-friendly.” Today, that college list is separate and has more than 100 schools.
To be classified by New Ways as “gay-friendly,” Catholic colleges and universities will have “some type of lesbian/gay student group, support group or ally group.” Readers are encouraged to recommend “gay-friendly” colleges and universities.
The president of the Cardinal Newman Society told LifeSiteNews the if the Catholic colleges and universities on the New Ways list are affirming homosexual behavior then this is harmful to their students.
“What's a ‘gay-unfriendly’ Catholic college?” Patrick Reilly asked. “I don't know of any.”
The Cardinal Newman Society, in its mission is to promote and defend faithful Catholic education, studies and produces data each year for a list of Catholic collegesthat conduct education in observance of Catholic teaching and fidelity to the Church.
“My experience of the faithful Catholic colleges in our Newman Guide is that they are the friendliest, most generous places on earth — and none are on the New Ways list,” he said. “The problem for New Ways Ministry, I suspect, is that Catholic institutions that stick to the truth of the human person — even in a loving way — don't conform to the ‘new ways’ that distort marriage and sexuality.”
“The most unfriendly act is to lead someone into sin and falsehood,” Reilly said. “What too many of these ‘friendly’ Catholic colleges are doing, by supporting ‘gay’-centered activities that avoid and even distort truth, is scandal and quite dangerous to their students.”
New Ways terms itself a “gay-positive ministry of advocacy and justice for lesbian and gay Catholics.” The organization advocates for same-sex "marriage" and acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle.
It keeps a “gay-friendly” parish list, from which various entries have received mention in LifeSiteNews reporting concerning affirmation of homosexuality or LGBT issues.
New Ways celebrated its “gay-friendly” parish list as part of a “This Month in Catholic LGBT History” observance in its blog.
The Catholic Church’s teaching states that homosexual acts are contrary to natural law and that they close the sexual act to the gift of life, and hold that the marital act is reserved for a man and a woman united in sacramental marriage.
The Church says homosexual inclinations themselves are not sinful, though they are objectively disordered. Those experiencing these tendencies are to be “accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” the Church further states, while at the same time they “are called to chastity.”
Regarding sexual identity, the Church teaches that it is “a reality deeply inscribed in man and woman,” and it constitutes but is more than one’s biological identity, and also that a person “should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity.” One’s biological sex and gender expression are not to be disaggregated, the Church says, but should be seen in harmony, according to God’s plan.
Promotion of homosexuality in conflict with Church teaching is rooted in the foundation of New Ways Ministry.
Its founders, Sister Jeanine Gramick and Father Robert Nugent, were investigated and censured by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1999.
The CDF found for their teaching on homosexuality to be “erroneous and dangerous" and “doctrinally unacceptable.” The two were “permanently prohibited from any pastoral work involving homosexual persons,” an order they both disobeyed.
New Ways Ministry has also been condemned twice by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and banned from Catholic venues in several dioceses.
In 2015, New Ways and other homosexual advocacy were prohibited from holding a shadow LGBT outreach at a Catholic parish during the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.