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Profession Of Faith

San Francisco Bay Catholic Special Report:

Catholic Ministry To Homosexuals
Suppressed

Demanded By The CDF

Gramick - Nugent Profession Of Faith

With firm faith I believe that God, in creating human beings as male and female, has created them equal as persons and complementary as male and female. In marriage, they are united by God and become "one flesh" (Gn  2:24), in a union that is by its very nature ordered to the procreation and education of offspring (cf. Gn 1:28) and to the good of the spouses (cf. Gaudium et spes 12, 48-51; Familiaris consortio 11-15; Mulieris dignitatem 6-7; Codex Iuris Canonici can 1055; Catechism of the Catholic Church 371-372).

I firmly accept and hold that every baptized person, "clothed with Christ" (Gal 3:27), is called to live the virtue of chastity according to his particular state of life; married persons are called to live conjugal chastity; all others must practice chastity in the form of continence. Sexual intercourse may take place only within marriage (cf. Persona humana 7, 11-12; Familiaris consortio 11; Catechism of the Catholic Church 2348-2350).

I also firmly accept and hold that homosexual acts are always objectively evil. On the solid foundation of a constant biblical testimony, which presents  homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity (cf. Gn 19:1-29; Lv 18:22, 10:13; Rm 1:24-27; I Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10), Tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered (cf. Persona humana 8;  Homosexualitatis problema 3-8; Catechism of the Catholic Church 2357, 2396).

I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teaching that the homosexual inclination, though not in itself a sin, constitutes a  tendency towards behavior that is intrinsically evil, and therefore must be considered objectively disordered (homosexualitatis problema 3; Catechism of the Catholic Church 2358). I also adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teaching that, while homosexual persons must be received with respect and protected from all unjust forms of discrimination, no one can claim any right to engage in homosexual behavior (cf. Persona humana 8; Homosexualitatis problema 9-10; Catechism of the Catholic Church 2358). Moreover, I also adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teaching that homosexual persons, by the virtues of self-mastery which lead to  inner freedom, by prayer and sacramental grace and other forms of assistance, can advance toward Christian perfection (Homosexualitatis problema 12; Catechism of the Catholic Church 2359).

Fr. Robert Nugent released the following profession of faith to the public this week. The CDF demanded that this document be signed by both Sr. Gramick and Fr. Nugent before the CDF made its final decision on their ministry to homosexuals.

Why Fr. Nugent could not sign this profession.

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