Back in May, I blogged about the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries (NACDLGM) conference being held in the Diocese of Brooklyn this September. Go to the link to refresh your memory about all the sessions listed that undermine Church teaching and advance the notion that gay is just okay. Here’s one of them:
In line with the workshop on interpreting Scripture in order to ignore it, there’s the related “Understanding Documents from the Holy See,” led by Msgr. John Strynkowski, “rector of St. James cathedral in Brooklyn, former seminary rector, pastor, Vatican and USCCB official.” The description says, “This session addresses interpreting Vatican documents by their type, the level of authority issuing the document, and the place of the document within the larger context of Catholic tradition.” In other words, dismissing all documents from the Vatican on the topic of homosexuality because they are not formally issued “ex cathedra,” or the like as we’ve often heard homosexual activists claim.
I’ve just received information that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has denied the use of the cathedral to the NACDLGM, which is ironic given that the cathedral rector, Strynkowski, is a presenter at the conference. Strynkowski has been an influential official at the USCCB as well and has been DiMarzio’s liaison with NACDLGM for years, and for the bishop to give him such a public slap in the face is significant.
Incidentally, the letter denying the use of the cathedral was sent out under the name of Bishop-elect Frank Caggiano, who will be ordained an auxiliary bishop for Brooklyn on August 22. That’s also a very good sign, perhaps that a shift in power has taken place in that diocese.
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