LAS VEGAS — (01-09-22) — Pope Francis once again sticks a thorn in his conservative colleagues in Rome by showing his support for LGBT Catholics by praising Jeannine Gramick, S.L., the co-founder of the Catholic apostolate New Ways Ministry in a handwritten letter.
Sister Gramick is celebrating 50 years of working with and advocating for the LGBT community. The pope congratulated her in Spanish on “50 years of closeness, of compassion and of tenderness” in a ministry that he described as being in “‘the style’ of God.”
The letter sent by Pope Francis’ to Sister Gramick is the latest in a series of letters from the pope written to gay Catholics who are serving and advocating for LGBT people worldwide.
Review Pope Francis’ Letter to Jeannine Gramick
December 10, 2021
Sister Jeannine Gramick, SL
Many thanks for your letter. It made me happy to receive the news about your 50th anniversary.
Your letter reminded me of “the style” of God… God has his own style to communicate with us. And we could summarize that style in three words: closeness, compassion, tenderness.
And I am thinking of your 50 years of ministry, which were 50 years with this “style of God,” 50 years of closeness, of compassion and of tenderness.
You have not been afraid of “closeness,” and in getting close you did it “suffering with” [compassion] and without condemning anyone, but with the “tenderness” of a sister and a mother.
Thank you, Sister Jeannine, for all your closeness, compassion and tenderness.
I pray for you. Please do not forget to pray for me. Greetings to Yayo (Obdulio).
May Jesus bless you and the Holy Virgin protect you.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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