USCCB condemns pro-homosexual 'Catholic' group

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) warned Catholics this week against the self-identified "Catholic" group New Ways Ministry's position on homosexuality.

In a statement from the USCCB, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington and chairman of the Committee on Doctrine, condemned the group's newly published booklet entitled "Marriage Equality: A Positive Catholic Approach," written by the group's executive director Francis DeBernardo.

"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," wrote Wuerl.

Archbishop Wuerl affirmed Cardinal Francis George's statement of last year, while he was acting as president of the USCCB, regarding New Ways Ministry.

"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," said the cardinal.
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