Royal Oak, Michigan, 26 January 2005—— A Roman Catholic nun who has dedicated her work to creating communication and dialog within the church on the subject of homosexuality and acceptance of gays and lesbians has been barred from a Royal Oak Catholic Church facility, along with the group that had invited her and a local gay rights organization. Sister Jeannine Gramick, who will be in Metro Detroit for a weekend screening of a documentary based on her work, was to be the guest at a reception in her honor hosted by Call to Action of Michigan, a progressive Catholic social action organization. The film, In Good Conscience, is on the roster of films being presented at the Reel Pride Michigan Gay & Lesbian Film Festival presented by Triangle Foundation. Barbara Rick, the film’s producer/director will appear with Sister Gramick on the program.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Royal Oak offered its facilities to Call to Action several weeks ago. Early this week when reception organizers visited the church to make final arrangements they were informed that an official from the Archdiocese, Bishop Walter Hurley, had issued the order banning Sister Gramick and the event from the building.
“Disappointed and uncalled for,” said Sister Gramick when informed of the Archdiocese action. “Decisions like that are what makes the Church look foolish in the eyes of the world. It’s embarrassing to me as a Catholic that the leaders of my Church would censor,” she concluded.
Bravo for fairly new Bishop Hurley for preventing Sister Gramick from speaking and for this stopping this embarrassment of a film to be shown in a Catholic Church. Sister Gramick was "permanently barred from any pastoral work regarding homosexual persons." by the The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith back in 1998 after years of dispute when she and Father Nugent refused to sign statements supporting the Church’s teachings on homosexual acts. Next time maybe they will stop Call to Action from meeting at the church there.