DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A group of dissident pro-gay Catholics in Detroit has decided to go forward with its work despite being banned by the archdiocese.
Fortunate Families, an organization that claims to minister to so-called LGBTQ+ persons and their families, was recently prohibited by Detroit archbishop Allen Vigneron. Nonetheless, it announced last week that it will continue its ministry — under a new name.
Co-founder Linda Karle-Nelson says the group has no plans to acquiesce.
"We will not be silenced," she declared in a July 15 statement. "It is our duty as baptized Christians to speak out on behalf of our loved ones and for their full inclusion in the Catholic Church."
Despite being banned from operating anywhere in the archdiocese, Karle-Nelson insists that the ministry is essential:
As baptized Christians, we are certainly part of the Church, and we will continue to meet with Catholic LGBTQ+ persons and families. We will celebrate God's acceptance of all our kin in all our variations, just as we are created. We will gather, support one another and share our stories.
In a mission statement approved by its members, the group as a whole declared, "The people in Fortunate Families Detroit love and respect the Catholic Church. We are deeply troubled, however, by the Church's approach to our LGBTQ+ community."
Section 1700 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) speaks not of the dignity of various communities, but of every human person: "The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God: It is fulfilled in his vocation to divine beatitude. It is essential to a human being freely to direct himself to this fulfillment."
The same CCC paragraph continues with moral tenets ignored by Karle-Nelson:
By his deliberate actions, the human person does, or does not, conform to the good promised by God and attested by moral conscience. Human beings make their own contribution to their interior growth; they make their whole sentient and spiritual lives into means of this growth. With the help of grace they grow in virtue, avoid sin, and if they sin they entrust themselves as did the prodigal son to the mercy of our Father in Heaven. In this way, they attain to the perfection of charity.
Faithful Catholics note that there is nothing in Karle-Nelson's statement, however, about growing in virtue and avoiding sin. She continued: "As people of faith, we cannot remain silent when damaging labels such as 'intrinsically disordered' and 'objectively disordered' (and the teachings and behaviors that result from use of this language) are promoted by many in Catholic leadership."
Section 2357 of the Catechism repeats the word of God in Scripture and Tradition about acts, not persons: "Sacred Scripture ... presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity." Tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."
And in section 2358, the inclination toward same-sex attraction is called "objectively disordered" since it inclines one toward objectively disordered behavior.
After stating that science confirms that homosexuality and gender confusion "represent normal, healthy aspects of human sexuality and human bonding," Karle-Nelson said "the hurtful language wounds us because we know that we are, and have always been, one before our Creator."
Before concluding her statement, she went on to accuse others with the leftist constructs "homophobia" and "transphobia," and informed the public on what will take place for them moving forward in the archdiocese of Detroit.
"As a group, we are taking time to build our future and explore a new name and affiliation," she confirmed.
On May 28, the National Catholic Reporter ran a news story on the Detroit archdiocese's prohibition of the group. In that story, Karle-Nelson is quoted as saying, "We don't believe every LGBT person needs to be celibate."
Church Militant contacted the archdiocese of Detroit for a comment on what its response will be to Fortunate Families' apparent defiance of the bishop's order. No response was received by the time of publication.