Nun began working toward acceptance of gays and lesbians
in the Catholic Church in 1971
In 1971, Sister Jeannine Gramick became friendly with a gay man while she was working on her doctorate in mathematics education.
“Sister, what is the Catholic Church doing for gays and lesbians?” he asked her.
She realized the answer was, “Very little.”
That’s when Gramick began working on LGBT issues in the Catholic Church and has since dedicated her career to helping gays and lesbians.
In 1977, Gramick co-founded New Ways Ministry, a Catholic social justice center working for the reconciliation of lesbian and gay people and the church. She founded several local Dignity groups and has served on the board of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.
“I do this because I believe this is what God is calling me to do,” said Gramick, who was in Dallas this week for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious with Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry.
DeBernardo said he came of age after Vatican 2 in the social justice tradition of the church. He said what’s more important isn’t someone’s sexual orientation but that people are not being treated equally. Read more: http://www.dallasvoice.com/gramick-equality-catholic-1039310.html
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