Archbishop Jerome Listecki, the highest ranking member of the Catholic Church in the state, condemned the retreat in a letter sent to local churches that was shared publicly on Aug. 9. He wrote: “This event is not in line with Catholic Church teaching and is in no way connected to or endorsed by the archdiocese, and New Ways Ministry is not a Catholic organization.”
The retreat is planned by New Ways Ministry, a Maryland-based organization that aims “to build bridges of reconciliation and justice between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church,” according to Executive Director Francis DeBernardo. It is scheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the Siena Retreat Center, 5637 Erie St.
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