We all need to engage in the process of making an informed conscience decision if we want to grow in character, personal integrity, and moral development. We need to speak our truth, even if no one is listening, even if our speech is opposed, even if we walk alone, even if we are afraid. We need to be true to the person God expects us to be, true to who we are meant to become. We can do this if we follow our conscience.
Sister Jeannine Gramick has been a Roman Catholic nun for more than 50 years. While obtaining her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, she became involved in a pastoral outreach to lesbian and gay Catholics. Her religious community assigned her to LGBT ministry in 1977. She has spoken and written extensively on the subject. Her books include Homosexuality in the Priesthood and Religious Life, The Vatican and Homosexuality, Building Bridges, and Voices of Hope. In 1999, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared that she should cease her ministry. She said, “I chose not to collaborate in my own oppression” and continues to advocate for LGBT people with the approval of the Sisters of Loretto. Her ministry is documented in the film, "In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick's Journey of Faith," by the Peabody and Emmy award-winning director, Barbara Rick.
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