November 02, 2008

Archdiocesan Statement on Status of the CPCSM

See what happens when you are several weeks behind in your newspaper reading!!!! D'oh!

I finally read my October 23rd issue of the Archiocesan newspaper The Catholic Spirit and found this interesting statement (reprinted below)

I only found one blogger that picked this story up, James Mary Evans of Fratres blog, so it looks like it could do with more publicity!

Statement on Status of the Catholic Pastoral Commission on Sexual Minorities
By The Catholic Spirit
Thursday, 23 October 2008
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has released the following statement clarifying the status of a group known as the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities:

Recent communications by the group called the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities (CPCSM) have erroneously portrayed its past and current status as it relates to the Roman Catholic Church in general and to this archdiocese in particular.

These communications are a matter of concern to us and require that the archdiocese clearly state that it does not support, or recognize in any way, CPCSM as a Catholic organization. Nor does the archdiocese endorse CPCSM’s recent efforts to promote an advocacy agenda contrary to that of this archdiocese and to the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Harry Flynn took great care not to imply support of CPCSM. The archdiocese, in keeping with Catholic moral teaching, has consistently supported efforts within the church to show special concern and to direct pastoral attention toward persons with same-sex attractions and to advance their spiritual welfare. Thus, where CPCSM has made similar efforts, the archdiocese obviously concurs.

However, CPCSM has also aggressively advocated changes in the moral and sacramental-theological traditions of the church that are wholly at odds with church teaching. Because of this disregard for church tradition and magisterium, Archbishop Flynn did not support nor did he recognize this group.

Archbishop John Nienstedt, in harmony with his predecessor and other U.S. bishops, does not support, endorse or recognize CPCSM. Because the group’s stated agenda is to deny the church’s traditional moral teachings and creates confusion among the faithful, the archdiocese believes strongly that it must reassert its opposition to CPCSM.

[Go get some popcorn, here's where it gets really good!]

When any group chooses the word “Catholic” in its chosen name or acronym it should not be assumed that their group has gained authorization of that affiliation or acceptance by the church or archdiocese [I wonder if this instruction will ever be applied to certain parishes or schools? Hmmmmm]. The name “Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities” is a prime example of that caution. In simple terms, it is not an agency of the Roman Catholic Church.


The CPCSM has long advocated for teaching contrary to Holy Church. Unfortunately, they are all too frequently given a forum for their views in parishes around town. They have a web page, which I will not link to here since I figure most online users are savvy enough to do a search but I warn you that you will not find much in the way of conformity to the Magisterium there. Michael Bayly of, The Wild Reed blog and Progressive Catholic Voice (I will not link to those pages either with the same caveat as the CPCSM page),is the Executive Director of CPCSM. Mr. Bayly, periodically, comments on my blog and others. I would like to, at this time, wish Mr. Bayly a belated Happy Birthday! My gift to you is a prayer that you fully conform to the Faith you profess to believe in.

2 Comments:

Blogger Terry Nelson said...

For some reason I thought Ray covered this story - and I think Michael Bayly did as well.

Michael wasn't happy about the diocesean statement, but he must understand that things like this need to be made clear to Catholics, otherwise they may think organizations such as CPCSM are actually affiliated with the Catholic Church and receive Church approval. That can be very confusing for people, and I'm not sure Michael knows his limitations as far as his teaching authority within the Catholic Church is concerned.

I suspect Michael imagines his authority is much more than it is. His naivete is sometimes charmingly disarming, isn't it? And he surely means well. Ah! But he does not speak for the Church at all. He can remind me of a deluded nun sometimes.

November 02, 2008 9:21 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Sorry Terry. Michael does not "mean well" and there is nothing charming about him at all.

I couldn't help but notice how fast Michael showed up on a certain young confused blogger's site when the afore mentioned blogger outed himself. Ever heard of chicken hawks?

And as for Michael, a CINO, not liking the statement - too bad, so sad!

November 02, 2008 9:52 PM  

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