Diocese led by pro-sodomite bishop says it’s ‘up to each parish’ whether to promote sodomy

Diocese led by pro-sodomite bishop says it’s ‘up to each parish’ whether to promote sodomy

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, July 3, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic church in the heart of Appalachia has attracted media attention for the Gay Pride Month banner stretched across its front lawn. The local ordinary, Bishop John Stowe, has a record of collaborating with a group that rejects Catholic moral teaching, and his spokesperson says individual parishes may decide if they want to promote the homosexual cause.

The rainbow banner in front of St. Paul’s parish in Lexington, Kentucky proclaims:




“Making this kind of statement is a decision a spokesperson for the Diocese of Lexington says is up to each parish,” according to a local TV news report.

The parish’s pastor sent, Father Chris Clay, sent an email to parishioners saying the banner showcasing the symbol of the homosexual cause is a “small way of counter-acting any experiences of hostility, rejection, and silent treatment that LGBTQ Catholics may have experienced from members of the church that have been deeply hurtful and painful.”

“This banner, as any banner or any welcome we extend, is always done understanding that we adhere and affirm all that the Church teaches regarding faith and morals,” he alleged.


St. Paul’s website prominently features the photo of its rainbow banner on its homepage. Another image that it highlights on its homepage shows a group of people including women who appear to be dressed as clergy – with one man wearing a rainbow stole bearing the image of a chalice – alongside Bishop Stowe, wearing his bishop’s cap.

An image on the parish website shows women dressed as clergy, a man wearing a rainbow stole, and local ordinary Bishop John Stowe.saintpaul.cdlex.org screenshot

“This is a church that is open to all people and I hope this sign gets that across,” said parishioner Stan “JR” Zerkowski in the TV report. “I don’t think a Catholic Church has ever had a sign like this before in front of it during Pride Week or any other time. However, in other parts of the country we see this regularly.”

“Our LGBTQ sisters and brothers should not be afraid to come in here, will not feel judged, will not feel as though they’re trampling on territory that isn’t theirs,” added Zerkowski.

As it turns out, this St. Paul’s parishioner’s jarring statement is actually unsurprising. There is a whole lot more to TV report than what first meets the eye.

Stan “JR” Zerkowski is no ordinary parishioner. He is the executive director of Fortunate Families, a pro-LGBT Catholic organization. According to his online bio, Zerkowski co-founded and co-leads “Together on the Bridge,” an pro-homosexual ministry, and he founded and leads “Together on the Journey,” an LGBT Family, Friends, and Allies Ministry. He also publishes a monthly faith-based article appears in LinQ, the Pride Community Services Organization of the Bluegrass LGBT magazine.

According to its own website, Fortunate Families’ application for a booth at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia was “denied because the committee overseeing the booth … made the determination that Fortunate Families teaches that ‘if parents don’t accept everything about their homosexual child’s lifestyle the child will commit suicide.’”

In April, Fortunate Families, in partnership with Lexington Catholic LGBT Ministry and the University of Kentucky LGBTQ* Resource Center, hosted dissident Fr. Bryan Massingale who spoke about “LGBT Persons in the The Age of Pope Francis & Social Ethics.”

Fr. Massingale is a professor of theology at Fordham University who openly takes part in LGBT advocacy. In 2017 Massingale spoke at 8th National Symposium of New Ways Ministry, a “gay-positive ministry of advocacy and justice for lesbian and gay Catholics,” according to the group’s website.

Photos and graphics posted on the Fortunate Families website and Facebook page tell the real story about this group’s actual beliefs.



Stowe is one of five bishops who endorsed Fr. James Martin, SJ’s book, “Building a Bridge,” and was also a featured speaker at last year at a conference for New Ways Ministry. The gathering was titled “Justice and Mercy Shall Kiss: LGBT Catholics in the Age of Pope Francis.”

New Ways Ministry was condemned in 2010 by then-president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, and in 2011 by Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl, USCCB chairman of the Committee on Doctrine.

Additionally, in 1999 the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “permanently prohibited” the group’s co-founders, Sister Jeannine Gramick and Father Robert Nugent, “from any pastoral work involving homosexual persons,” after ruling that their teaching was “erroneous and dangerous” and “doctrinally unacceptable.”

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  1. Pro-Sodomite Parishes Causing Scandal


    by David Nussman • ChurchMilitant.com • July 3, 2018

    Cdl. Timothy Dolan of NY and Bp. John Stowe of Lexington, KY turn a blind eye to LGBT propaganda

    NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) – A notorious gay parish in New York is again causing scandal, a recent video making the rounds on social media showing the priest dancing down the aisle at a gay pride Mass in late June. Meanwhile, in Lexington, Kentucky, another parish is draping an LGBT flag outside to promote a message of “inclusion.”

    The Church of St. Francis of Assisi in New York City is a well-known pro-gay parish run by Franciscan priests. It has an LGBT ministry listed on its website. In May 2017, the parish was in the news for backing a Cinco de Mayo celebration at a gay bar.

    In a Saturday vigil Mass on June 23, the parish celebrated a “Pre-Pride” Mass as part of the parish’s “United in Love Celebration.” The Mass was the beginning of LGBT festivities that would culminate the following day in New York City’s Gay Pride Parade.

    The priest offering the Mass is on video dancing down the aisle with enthusiasm, clapping his hands with the music, while parishioners wave rainbow flags. It appears to be during the recessional at the end of Mass.

    Church Militant reached out to parish staff for comment but did not hear back as of press time.

    Ex-gay advocate Joseph Sciambra noted that the parish has a long history of promoting the gay agenda through LGBT retreats, Pride Masses and events at gay bars.

    “The contact person for the St. Francis LGBT Ministry, Meredith Dean Augustin, has publicly supported Planned Parenthood,” Sciambra noted.

    For years, Cdl. Timothy Dolan of the archdiocese of New York has turned a blind eye to St. Francis of Assisi Church’s pro-gay events.

    In 2015 and 2016, investigations by Church Militant exposed an alleged network of homosexual priests embedded in the archdiocese of New York. The investigations uncovered allegations from parishioners that New York priest Fr. Peter Miqueli was embezzling parish funds and using them to fuel a decadent, sexually perverse lifestyle.

    In similar news, a parish in Lexington, Kentucky made headlines when it put a rainbow banner in front of the church, celebrating Pride Month in June.


    The Pride Month banner outside St. Paul Catholic Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

    Saint Paul Catholic Church in Lexington had the banner up for weeks during the month of LGBT Pride celebrations.

    Stan “JR” Zerkowski, who advocates for the parish’s LGBT ministry, told local news, “This is a church that’s open to all people and hopefully, this sign gets that across.”

    Father Chris Clay wrote a note to St. Paul parishioners about the pro-LGBT signage, calling it “a small way of counteracting any experiences of hostility, rejection and silent treatment that LGBTQ Catholics may have experienced.”

    The head of the Lexington diocese, Bp. John Stowe, spoke in April 2017 at an event for New Ways Ministry — a dissident pro-gay group condemned by the Vatican.

    When Church Militant and others reported that Bp. Stowe was scheduled to speak at the dissident group’s event, the bishop responded by accusing us of being “Pharisees.”

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