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Sr. Jeannine Gramick announces her decision

School Sister of Notre Dame Jeannine Gramick, ordered in July by the Vatican to cease her pastoral work with gays and lesbians, said she will seek a reversal of the Vatican decree.

Gramick, in a statement released to NCR Sept. 23, said she will not defy the decision of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith but would work to have it overturned. "While I see no benefits for lesbian and gay Catholics and their parents if I passively accept the CDF 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."

Full story appears in the Oct. 1 issue of NCR.

For Sr. Gramick’s statement click here.

National Catholic Reporter, September 23, 1999