Gay Man Announces His Same-Sex Wedding in Radical LGBT-Affirmative Parish Bulletin

2017-05-27T21:45:57+00:00May 27th, 2017|Blog, The Church|

A man who is a nominee for the Pastoral Council at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore announced in the Church bulletin that he is going to marry his same-sex partner. Within the May 28, 2017, bulletin is a “Pastoral Council Election Ballot.” This includes a short biography of each nominee. According to this one particular biography: “My fiancée and I are attending marriage counseling in preparation for our upcoming wedding.”

St. Matthew in Baltimore is home to the dissident gay-affirmative ministry LEAD – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, educating and affirming diversity. According to the official history of the ministry, LEAD began through the inspiration of New Ways Ministry which is a radical pro-gay marriage group whose founders (Robert Nugent and Jeannine Gramick) and their apostolate where condemned by both the Vatican and the USCCB. The web-site LEAD includes numerous pictures of the group marching in the Baltimore Gay Pride Parade, an image of a drag queen, and a resource page that includes a recommendation for the organization Catholics for Marriage Equality which includes the following description:

The Catholic teaching of probabilism holds that when there are good reasons and good authorities on both sides of a moral issue (in this case homosexuality and same-sex unions), Catholics are free to make up their own minds and to follow their conscience, which our tradition teaches must be obeyed above all else, even church authority.

In 2016, LEAD participated in the production of a video series titled “The Lost Flock” profiling the Parish, the Pastor, Joe Muth, and its LGBT ministry. According to the filmmaker: “LEAD offers a safe place for the diverse LGBT community to congregate, share, and to find comfort amidst a larger church environment that does not fully accept them.” The film was shown at the Washington DC headquarters of the LGBT and gay marriage advocacy group The Human Rights Campaign; according to the HRC: “We seek to empower and elevate the voices of lay Catholics – LGBTQ and our allies – whose significant support of equality stands in stark contrast to the U.S. hierarchy’s anti-LGBTQ actions.”

The video series comprises several segments profiling individual LEAD members including “married” same-sex couples.

The lead-in is this statement from one of the men married to his same-sex partner, the couple also recently adopted a child, he said:

Do I feel accepted by the Catholic Faith? No, not at all.

His partner stated:

The kind of support St. Matthews has given us is tremendous. When we were going through our difficulties with adoption, it was certainly a place where we could go and cry or just have a place to go spiritually to kind of center ourselves because the Church at the ground level is very different than like the institutional Church.

Also profiled was a female same-sex couple. One of the women said:

There’s a lot of Catholics out there that do support gay marriage and LGBT equality and when they find out about St. Matthews they are drawn to it.

Later, she continued:

It doesn’t make sense to my interpretation of Catholicism that the Church does not welcome LGBT persons.

Her partner said:

…maybe one day, maybe not in our lifetime, gay people will be equally recognized in the Church.

In the film, the cameras followed the couple to their marriage ceremony and to the reception where Joe Muth (see picture below) is shown smiling.

At the beginning of the film, Muth said: “I don’t think the institutional church realizes how hurtful they are to homosexual people when they come across so harshly on that issue.”

Also in 2016, Joe Muth, was in the audience during a controversial address given by James Martin, S.J., to New Ways Ministry; Martin had just received the group’s annual “Bridge Building Award.” During the question and answer period, Muth told Martin that two young men contacted him and asked: “What time does the gay and lesbian Pre-Cana classes meet?” Muth then asked Martin: “Would you like to collaborate in developing a Pre-Cana course for gay couples?”

Martin responded with:

What does your bishop say? … I’m not trying to be flip with these things, but one works within the confines of what the ordinary will allow you to do, basically. So, you’re asking me what I would do, I mean, I’d have to ask my Provincial for something like that, because that’s really, sort of, pushing the boundaries…

Muth said something similar in “The Lost Flock” video series:

One of the big hurdles is being able to be LEAD and walk the line knowing that we are an outreach group of homosexual people or people who support homosexual people in the Church and try to walk the line so we can still be doing our ministry, serving people and being compassionate, having workshops, being in the Gay Pride Parade, without crossing the line where the Church would say: I’m sorry you can’t operate anymore. You have to shut down.

When Martin asked Muth about what he said to the same-sex couple seeking marriage counseling, he said:

I worked with one other couple several years ago and I gave them my heterosexual pre-marriage spiel
and they said that makes sense to us in our relationship… 

He continued:

…the other thing I did, we had some older gay couples in the parish, I will refer you to them. They can give you the benefit of their experience…

There is a nationwide problem of LGBT advocates, as well as “married” and partnered homosexuals occupying leadership positions in both gay-affirmative ministries and parishes located near large gay communities; in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, San Jose, and Portland.

9 Comments

  1. Rosie Garcia-Carreras May 27, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    This is disgustingly immoral and scandalous. The bishop needs to clean house.

  2. Lauren May 27, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Evil has infiltrated the church, the last prophesy of Our Lady of Fatima warned that there would be destruction of the family and marriage. Hope comes from her final words, ” My Immaculate Heart will prevail”!

  3. Kevin May 28, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Another cowardly silent Bishop

  4. Charles Martin May 28, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Give me a break. Why dont you go join the episcopal “church”?

  5. Ken Howes May 28, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    There are no good arguments or good authorities in support of homosexuality or same-sex marriage. It was established in Old Testament days that “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; that is an abomination.” In case anyone tries to resurrect the tired–and false–comparison to eating shrimp, the dietary prohibitions are removed not later than St. Peter’s dream in Acts 10; but it is after that when St. Paul describes homosexuality as “exchanging the natural use for the unnatural” and calls it “vile affections.”

  6. Joanne May 29, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Only a gay priest trying to change Church teaching and running from his own guilt would support this. Lord have mercy seminaries and bishops for letting it get this far.

  7. […] Congratulations, United States Catholics!  You’ve now got a parish openly rebelling against the teachings of the Catholic Church. Didn’t know that?  Sorry to break it to you.  Most “LGBT” parishes dance ever so carefully around the issue of active homosexual acts.  They dangle their feet over the line but never actually speak of the fact that they are encouraging people to accept homosexual activity.  Unfortunately, this parish is now openly doing it.  I, for one, am happy to just see them say what they mean for once and ditch the wink and the nod.  In this parish, it’s A-O-K to be a drag queen, or a physically active homosexual (sodomy and masturbation – I’d like to be super clear on that for some goof who is going to try and argue that simply being homosexual is not a sin), or a champion of “gay marriage”, in  a “gay marriage”, and for homosexual “married” partners to adopt children.  I’d guess it’s probably just peachy to use IVF, sperm donors, egg donors, and surrogacy to have children, too.  You know, because their desire comes before EVERYTHING else, especially Church teaching.  Joseph Sciambra has put together a nice, not-so-little dossier here:  https://josephsciambra.com/gay-man-announces-his-same-sex-wedding-in-radical-lgbt-affirmative-parish-… […]

  8. Shooter May 31, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Jane, it’s time to put away your useless snark and wailing heart. If you are going to call us all hypocrites and appeal to the tired old ‘But heterosexuals do it too!’ argument, then it’s time to look for something new, because none of us believe you people anymore.

  9. Ed of CT. May 31, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Need for the local bishop on Baltimore , us and , Vatican Cino church hierarchy to Grow a Backbone…….. . Lack.of common sense in p. Francis promotion of sorry excusese for clergy like Tobin, nj. Paglia ,Cupich ,DeKessel ,Daneels, Roisica and Martin of Amer .mg infamy etc., Adds to the rot and impending SCHiSM. IN the fading fast cino rc Faith in the Western.world.

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