Gay activist meeting makes plans to undermine U.S. Catholic Church’s moral witness
CHICAGO, May 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A gathering of anti-Catholic, homosexual activist groups in Chicago last month plotted ways to stop the U.S. Church from upholding its moral teaching in employment policy, and they’ve got bigger things in mind for the future.
“Church Worker Justice Strategy Session” was the title of the dissident meeting held at the Catholic Theological Union April 24-26, according to the website CRUX.
Catholics for Choice, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, New Ways Ministry, Dignity USA, and Call to Action had people at the gathering.
A number of attendees at the tactical session expressed concern over the rights of Church employees to “express their views publicly.”
Discrimination, at-will employment, and morality clauses were some of the things discussed, and, according to Call to Action’s Ellen Euclide, “how we might build some power to push for just employment practices in the workplace.”
In addition to the pro-homosexual groups, individual employees of some Catholic parishes, dioceses, and schools were in on the strategy session, the total count taking part at around 30.
The homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which CRUX called “the nation’s largest gay rights organization and one that has slammed the Catholic Church for its opposition to same-sex marriage,” funded attendance at the Church dissent event for several participants.
The groups gathering there for the meeting have a lengthy history of assault on Church principles.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) stated in 2010 that Catholics for Choice, then known as Catholics for a Free Choice, is “not Catholic” and “does not represent the teachings or views of the Catholic Church.”
The leader of Catholics for Choice said in 2011 the U.S. Bishops did not have standing to oppose the HHS Mandate imposing abortion and contraception because they didn’t have sex.
Catholics for Choice has distributed condoms to Catholic youth at multiple World Youth Day events and in 2011 tried to run an ad at the international Catholic gathering linking Pope Emeritus Benedict with approval of condom use.
Catholics United for the Common Good protested Baltimore Archbishop William Lori’s 2012 Fortnight for Freedom religious liberty event.
It has also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars supporting reelection campaigns for pro-abortion Democrats, and with underwriting from wealthy homosexual Tim Gill, former CEO of Quark, began attacking the Church in earnest in 2012 for its teaching on homosexuality. The group also supported the 2010 U.S. Senate healthcare bill with abortion funding.
New Ways Ministry self-identifies as dissenting from the Church in its description as a "gay positive ministry of advocacy and justice for lesbian and gay Catholics and reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities."
It promotes homosexual "marriage" and acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle, has been censured by the Vatican, along with the US Bishops Conference, and it has been kicked out of multiple dioceses when attempting to hold pro-homosexual speaking events on Church property.
Dignity USA took $200,000 from the homosexualist Arcus Foundation last year for the purpose of opposing Church teaching at the Vatican’s Synod on the Family and at next year’s World Youth Day. Arcus was one of the groups behind trying to pressure San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone out of attending last year’s March for Marriage.
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Attacks on Church identity have been on the rise across the country with public pushback in various dioceses after some employees have been found publicly violating Church morals, forcing the Church’s hand in enforcing employment expectations for workers to not contradict Church teaching.
San Francisco has been the site of a protracted, large-scale, orchestrated assault on the Church and Archbishop Cordileone for his efforts to reinforce Catholic identity and Church teaching on sexual morality in high schools of the archdiocese in teacher contract language and faculty handbooks.
Church teaching was protested in Cincinnati last year as well when the Archdiocese there affirmed the employment expectation that teachers abide by it and not controvert it in public.
At least two attendees of the Chicago organizing session last weekend were from San Francisco, including a teacher.
Another larger strategy session against the Church is planned for the fall, those behind the gathering said, at which they look to “organize” Church employees.
“The Church relies on people feeling isolated and workers feeling like they’re the only ones being treated this way,” said Euclide. “We want to break that taboo.”