Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fortunate Families – Rally Support For - New Ways Ministry

Dear Friends and Supporters of Fortunate Families,

We write to ask you to consider writing in support of New Ways Ministry.

Most of you know that New Ways has been striving for many years in its mission to be a bridge-building ministry between lesbian/gay Catholics and their families and friends, and the institutional church. Yet, it's authenticity as a Catholic group has recently been challenged by Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Relative to Fortunate Families, New Ways has been extremely supportive of Catholic parents of LGBT persons, from its 1994 offering of the first national retreat for Catholic parents to its more recent symposiums, retreat/workshops and Next Steps programs that always include parent concerns in the programming.

If you have been to any New Ways program, you know how sensitive New Ways always is to the pastoral concerns of the attendees and addressing those concerns within the framework of the Catholic moral and social justice tradition.

Please read Frank DeBernardo's note below and the other material referenced, including Cardinal George's statement. We strongly encourage you to respond in the manner that Frank suggests.

Thank you for your consideration of this request!


Mary Ellen & Casey Lopata

Fortunate Families, Inc. - PO Box 18082 - Rochester, NY 14618-0082

585-698-6100 - -

"I'm proud to be a Listening Parent in support of Fortunate Families. Check out the Listening Parents Network at"

Related links:

New Ways Ministry

Equal Rights are a Catholic Concept, Too - BY MICHAEL A. JONES – February 6, 2010

New Ways Ministry” Symposium Pastor "Comes Out" March 1997 - Holy Family Parish - Sparta, Michigan USA - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!


RC hierarchy child sexual abuse “cover-ups” ordered by Benedict XVI to avoid public outrage & criminal charges falsely accused gay priests, WATERGATE? - December 17, 2009 - Revised January 15, 2010

Benedict XVI & accomplices in Fear as -> “Obama signs hate-crimes bill” by Rex Wockner

Ratzinger, Hurley, Maida & accomplices

Benedict XVI Purposefully Ordered Cover-ups by Hierarchy Intentionally “Violating” Rights of Children for Decades - News Reports

Benedict XVI’s Child Sexual Abuse - Still More Cover-ups – Now In – Germany * Kids Are Being Hurt !!!

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

Important note: I mean no disrespect to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children. Kids are being hurt!!!

“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.” Emile Zola

What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. Luke 12:3

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