Xavière Missionary Sister Nathalie Becquart, undersecretary at the Synod of Bishops’ general secretariat, delivered an online PowerPoint presentation to New Ways Ministry, which promotes homosexual and transgender rights in the Church, on April 3.
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Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, has a 50-year record of dissent from Church doctrine on homosexuality, women’s ordination and abortion.
The Vatican’s Synod of Bishops shouldn’t promote a group that has been condemned by U.S. bishops — they should instead highlight faithful apostolates ministering to LGBTQ-identifying Catholics.
According to a new statement published to the New Ways Ministry website, Thierry Bonaventura, communications manager of the General Secretariat, had apologized “for removing from their website a link to our video encouraging LGBTQ people to participate in synod consultations.”
In 2010, Cardinal Francis George, then president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement emphasizing that New Ways Ministry “has no approval or recognition from the Catholic Church and that they cannot speak on behalf of the Catholic faithful in the United States.”