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Catholic Ministry To Homosexuals

"It's been my belief throughout this process that the Vatican-appointed Commission in the United States did its work carefully, capably, and, mostimportantly, fairly. We never lost sight of the realization that ministry to  the homosexual community is both sensitive and necessary. At the same time,we clearly understood the concern of the Church that such ministry can cause more harm than good if it is conducted in the midst of controversy and  ambiguity.

"It was in this context we heard and examined the theological teachings and writings of Father Nugent and Sister Gramick. The Holy See not only studied the Commission's findings and recommendations but also  conducted extensive personal dialogues with Father Nugent and Sister Gramick.

"With the public release of the Notification, I join now with my fellow Commission members, Monsignor James Mulligan and Dr. Janet Smith, in the  hope and prayer that Father Nugent and Sister Gramick can find the way to accept the decision of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith."

-- +Adam Cardinal Maida, July 13, 1999

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