Detroit Catholic bishops banish LGBTQ group

Cover of 100 Questions and Answers About Sexual OrientationNational Catholic Reporter columnist and books editor Jamie Manson criticizes as callous the timing of a March 9 decision by the Archdiocese of Detroit to bar an LGBTQ group from holding services on Catholic grounds.

In his letter, Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Gerard Battersby wrote, “a Mass for Dignity Detroit members – one which rejects Church teaching on human sexuality – is not possible in any parish church, chapel, or diocesan facility, and is indeed forbidden everywhere in the Archdiocese of Detroit. This will no doubt be difficult for some to hear, but it arises from heartfelt pastoral concern for members of Dignity Detroit.”

Dignity Detroit is chapter of DignityUSA, a national organization that has, for 50 years, worked for full acceptance of LGBTQ persons into the Catholic Church.

“100 Questions About Sexual Orientation” is available from Amazon or the Front Edge Publishing bookstore.

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