The U.S. bishops have said that a new booklet advocating "marriage equality" for same-sex couples by a self-identified Catholic group strongly contradicts Church teaching.
In "no manner is this organization authorized to speak on behalf of the Catholic Church," Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. said March 11, The cardinal was specifically referring to a new pamphlet released by the controversial New Ways Ministry - an organization that claims Catholic support for homosexual "marriage."
The booklet titled "Marriage Equality: a positive Catholic approach" was authored and released this month by New Ways Ministry's executive director Francis DeBernardo.
DeBernardo argued that the "full" Catholic position on same-sex "marriage" is not represented solely by bishops within the Church.
"When dealing with lesbian and gay issues, a relatively new area of Church discussion on whichthere is so much debate," DeBernardo wrote, "the bishops may not yet be able to discern what the Catholic community believes."