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Statement on New Ways Ministry

From Archdiocese of Baltimore

In view of the “Symposium on Catholicism and Homosexuality” to take place
this month in Baltimore, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien has reaffirmed the 2010 statement
of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops regarding the symposium’s
sponsor, New Ways Ministry. The Cardinal assures Catholics that in no manner is
the position proposed by New Ways Ministry in conformity with Catholic teaching,
and in no manner is this organization authorized to speak on behalf of the Catholic
Church or to identify itself as a Catholic organization. Representatives of New Ways
Ministry have also testified in Annapolis in support of legislation to redefine
marriage in Maryland.

Excerpt from the statement of the President of the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops, February 12, 2010:

“New Ways Ministry has recently criticized efforts by the Church to
defend the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one
woman and has urged Catholics to support electoral initiatives to establish
same-sex ‘marriage’. No one should be misled by the claim that New Ways
Ministry provides an authentic interpretation of Church teaching and an
authentic pastoral practice. Their claim to be Catholic only confuses the
faithful regarding the authentic teaching and ministry of the Church with
respect to persons with a homosexual inclination. Accordingly, I wish to
make it clear that, like other groups that claim to be Catholic but deny
central aspects of Church teaching, 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.”