This story floated to the top of my News360 feed this morning like curdled cream. Canadian cub reporter Marco Chown Oved seems to have been buttonholed by a screeching hysteric named Stuart Graham and made a story out of–get this–a faithful Catholic ministry setting up shop in a Catholic Church. Shocka!
Graham is “a former liturgical minister and lector,” Chown Oved tells us, and no, I don’t know what that means. (I don’t like the phrase “liturgical minister” at all, but if we’re going to use it, wouldn’t lector be a subset of it, not a separate thing?) At the request of some parishioners, Courage–a support ministry for people struggling with same-sex attraction–came to St. Thomas Aquinas, the church of the Newman Center at the University of Toronto. Courage was created as a response to sham groups like Dignity, which pretended to be a Catholic ministry for homosexuals, but was in fact nothing more than a miserable group of malcontents and schismatics agitating to change 2000 years of Catholic sexual teaching. (more…)