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Roman Catholic Faithful
To Respond to NCCB Pastoral
on Homosexuality

A response to Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children, a statement of the NCCB Committee on Marriage and Family.

A press conference by the Roman Catholic Faithful organization will be held Tuesday, October 7, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. outside the National Conference of Catholic Bishops office at 3211 4th Street, N.E., Washington, DC. RCF will launch its attack on this "Pastoral".

Those issuing statements will include:

  • James Bendell, a Washington State trial attorney and Board member of Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc. Mr. Bendell has represented Catholic children who were sexually abused by homosexual clergy. Bendell set a legal precedent by successfully bringing suit against the Catholic University of America for graduating the pedophile and recommending him for ordination.

  • Dr. Thomas Droleskey, professor, journalist, and publisher of Christ or Chaos, a monthly newsletter. Dr. Droleskey has lectured around the country speaking on the crisis facing the Catholic Church.

  • Stephen G. Brady, president and founder of Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc., an orthodox Catholic organization with members in fifty states and nine foreign countries. Mr. Brady is an outspoken critic of the NCCB for "Protecting their own while ignoring the cries of the faithful".

In the Associated Press story by David Briggs as reported in the Indianapolis Star (Wednesday, October 1, 1997) "Love your gay children, bishops say", Bishop Joseph Imesch of Joliet, Illinois, chairman of the Committee on Pastoral Practices (NCCB) was quoted as an authority on the topic.

Yet, when allegations of physical sexual harassment of priests were made by priests against one former priest of Imesch's diocese (Bishop Daniel Ryan of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois) neither Imesch nor the NCCB showed any love nor sought any justice for the priests that have suffered at the hands of Bishop Ryan.

It was irresponsible for Msgr. Dennis Schnurr to authorize publication of this "Pastoral" without approval of the full body of bishops. The improvident release of Cardinal Bernardin's "AIDS statement" in 1987 and the embarrassing need to correct that document should have taught the bishops a lesson.

Contact Person: Stephen G. Brady 217-632-5920


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