Sister Jeannine Gramick & the Vatican: Chapter 1

The Vatican yesterday ordered an American priest and nun to end their 30-year ministry to gays and lesbians after an investigation concluded that they failed to comply with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on the “intrinsic evil of homosexual acts.”

In a rare direct intervention, the Vatican placed a gag order on Sister Jeannine Gramick and the Rev. Robert Nugent, who have toured the country from their base in Prince George’s County, teaching Catholic parishes ways to reconcile church doctrine with the realities of gay life. The decision effectively ends the careers of two of the most prominent gay rights advocates within the Catholic Church.

[Web editor’s comment: As it turned out, Sister Jeannine was just getting started.]

The Washington Post, July 14, 1999, Page A-1.

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