WHEREAS, in 2016, the Vatican approved the document The Gift of the Priestly Vocation which declared that the Church “cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ‘gay culture’"; and
WHEREAS, in 1999, the Vatican published a Notification Regarding Sister Jeannine Gramick, SSND and Father Robert Nugent, SDS which censured these two founders of New Ways Ministry for their lack of adherence to Church teaching on the morality of homosexual acts by permanently prohibiting them "from any pastoral work involving homosexual persons"; and
WHEREAS, in 2010, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops declared that New Ways Ministry cannot legitimately speak for Catholics, due to its continued lack of adherence to Church teaching; and
WHEREAS, recent events have demonstrated that the American bishops, as a group, have failed adequately to discipline themselves (and their priests) regarding the Church’s teachings on sexuality; and
WHEREAS, the aforementioned failure has led to announcements of secular legal investigations of the Church in at least seven states to date; and
WHEREAS, New Ways Ministry has announced that Father Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, will facilitate the aforementioned October 2-4, 2018 retreat; and
WHEREAS, in 2006, Father Massingale publicly opposed passage of the Wisconsin Marriage Amendment despite its support by all five Wisconsin bishops; and
WHEREAS, in 2017, Father Massingale publicly opposed a draft of a presidential executive action guaranteeing religious freedom, basing his opposition on the demonstrably false claim that “Christians are not under attack in this country”; and
WHEREAS, Father Massingale, at his Ordination, made a vow of obedience to the local ordinary and his successors;
BE IT RESOLVED, in order to prevent further damage to the Faith, and scandal to the faithful, the St. Gregory VII Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) hereby urges you, as Archbishop of Milwaukee, to officially prohibit the exercise of Father Massingale’s participation in the New Ways Ministry retreat.
Alfred P. Szews, Ph.D., President St. Gregory VII Chapter--CUF email@example.com 414-321-9377
Copy to: Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., 3339 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
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CUF's Letter to Archbishop Listecki Regarding Sex-Abuse Crisis
March 11, 2019
The Most Reverend Jerome Listecki Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee 3501 S. Lake Dr. P.O. Box 070912 Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912
But Church Militant addressed only part of the corruption. There are a great many more instances in which you have chosen to withhold your episcopal authority to stop or even condemn destructive LGBTQ-related activities within the Archdiocese, and others in which you have actively promoted the normalization of homosexuality within the Church.
For example, the Church Militant article addresses “Gay and Straight In Christ” (GASIC). We alerted you to GASIC years ago. You assured us that after talking to them, you were confident they were adhering to Catholic teaching. This is odd because then and now, GASIC seeks to — in their own words — “push the envelope," promoting spiritually poisonous lies such as:
Homosexuals are morally correct in defining themselves by their sexual inclination.
The Catholic Church has traditionally been hostile and unwelcoming toward, not only the
mortal sin of sodomy, but individuals who identify as homosexual.
Groups like GASIC are consistent with church teachings on human dignity and conscience.
New Ways Ministry is a Catholic apostolate (“No one should be misled by the claim that New
Ways Ministry provides an authentic interpretation of Catholic teaching and an authentic
Unimpeded by the Archdiocese, however, GASIC remains active and is now, we have learned, advertising inside parish bulletins at other parishes, such as these (see page 8) shared by the Catholic Community of Waukesha — a cluster of four parishes and two school systems.
In October, you refused to use your proper episcopal authority (see pages 11 & 12) to stop Milwaukee Archdiocesan priest Fr. Bryan Massingale from conducting retreats for “gay priests, brothers and deacons” taking place at Siena Retreat Center in Racine.
Throughout your tenure, you have done little to nothing to diminish the ubiquitous influence of disgraced and unrepentant homosexual advocate Rembert Weakland pervading multiple Archdiocesan churches and properties in the form of images, “reckovations” and parish/chancery staff members.
You have failed to publicly denounce Marquette University, the largest Catholic university in Wisconsin, for perverting itself into a hub of LGBTQ advocacy by its ...
You have allowed for just one (1) Church-approved COURAGE chapter situated 42 miles away from Archdiocesan headquarters to serve an archdiocese of roughly 590,000 Catholics.
And, like so many of your brother bishops, in your public statements regarding the current sex-abuse crisis savaging our Church (here, here and here) you have meticulously avoided the use of the word “homosexual” or any related terms, opting instead to advance the insidious red herring that this is merely about “child abuse.”
In each of these cases, it was within your province to demonstrate to the entire Milwaukee community that the LGBTQ ideology is antithetical to Catholic teaching. While the Church has always maintained those with same-sex-attraction share the same human dignity as any human being, we should not celebrate or encourage an “inclination which is objectively disordered” (CCC 2357) and a lifestyle that is poisonous to both body and soul. But, other than a couple tepid, poorly proclaimed responses to the outcries of the faithful, you have offered no discernable leadership in these perilous times.
Given our Archdiocese’s uniquely scandalous past in this regard and the now near daily revelations of active homosexual networks perverting dioceses throughout the world, we are obliged to demand your public clarification of the degree of homosexual infiltration within the Archdiocese and your position on it. Your Excellency, which side are you on, that of the Catholic Church or of the LGBTQ movement?
Again, you are hardly alone in your evasion and inaction regarding this issue; many of your fellow bishops will no doubt pretend the defrocking of Theodore McCarrick and the recent “summit” mark the end of this crisis. They do not. The silence of bishops regarding the homosexual subculture metastasizing throughout the Church enabled McCarrick — and so many others — to become the monsters they are. Until this grim reality is addressed directly, visibly and vigorously, the crisis will worsen. Your Excellency, you have the opportunity — and the duty — to begin this process here and now. Call out and denounce the homosexual subculture that has long been spiritually and financially impoverishing our Archdiocese. Publicly putting an end to GASIC and explaining your reasons for doing so would be an excellent place to start.
United in Christ,
Alfred P. Szews, Ph.D., President St. Gregory VII Chapter--CUF firstname.lastname@example.org 414-321-9377 Copy: Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. 3339 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Archbishop Listecki's 3-29-19 Response to CUF's 3-11-19 Letter See Letter