Charlotte Bishop Cancels Gay Ministry Talk At Church

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Roman Catholic Church's bishop in Charlotte has canceled a talk at a local church by a woman who ministers to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/1GlFiSz) that Bishop Peter Jugis canceled the May 16 address at St. Peter Catholic Church by Sister Jeannine Gramick.

Gramick is the co-founder of New Ways Ministry, which describes itself as a gay-positive ministry that encourages justice for LGBT Catholics.

Diocese spokesman David Hains said the Vatican has previously determined that Gramick opposes church teaching, which says homosexual acts are sinful.

Hains says the diocese will not allow someone who opposes Catholic teaching to teach in a Catholic diocese.

New Ways Ministry said it was disappointed by the bishop's action and plans to reschedule elsewhere.


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