USA    GAY MINISTRY NUN TO APPEAL TO VATICAN
School Sister of Notre Dame Jeannine Gramick, ordered in July by the Vatican to cease her pastoral work with gays and lesbians, announced yesterday that she will seek a reversal of the Vatican decree.
    She emphasised that she will not defy the decision of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, but would work to have it overturned.
    She told the National Catholic Reporter: "While I see no benefits for lesbian and gay Catholics and their parents if I passively accept the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith decision, I believe it is more beneficial to minister on their behalf with the blessing of Church leadership than without it. Therefore, I believe it is important to work within church structures to have the CDF decision reconsidered and, hopefully, ultimately reversed."
   
    NCR 2:20pm 24/9/99

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