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Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron’s statement regarding National Catholic Reporter interview with Bishop Emeritus Gumbleton

In response to recent interview comments from Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Thomas Gumbleton, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron offers the following statement to clarify the demands the Gospel makes about the path to salvation for people that experience same sex attraction.

Bishop Gumbleton has offered his private opinions on this topic, which are not a reliable guide to the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church. In her teaching, the Church presents the mind of Christ himself. It is this light that must guide how we live as God’s daughters and sons. The authentic doctrine about the topic of Bishop Gumbleton’s interview is found clearly expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

“Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved” (n. 2357).

Importantly, men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided” (2358).

When done culpably these disordered acts are sinful and rupture one’s relationship with God. Separation from God is the worst of all evils that can befall any man or woman. The Church and her pastors are committed to accompanying all those tempted with same sex attraction on their journey toward living chastely according to the challenge of faithful Christian discipleship.


Reverend Cornelius Okeke

Reverend Cornelius Okeke, with the concurrence of his bishop, Most Reverend Paulinus C. Ezeokafor, Diocese of Awka, Nigeria, appointed Pastor of SS. Andrew and Benedict Parish, Detroit and St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Melvindale, effective July 1, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of St. André Bessette Parish, Ecorse.

Reverend Kevin Roelant

Reverend Kevin Roelant appointed Associate Pastor of both St. John the Baptist Parish, Monroe and St. Mary Parish, Monroe, effective July 1, 2019.  Fr. Roelant is currently serving as Associate Pastor of National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica Parish, Royal Oak.

Reverend Wayne Epperley, C.S.Sp.,

Reverend Wayne Epperley, C.S.Sp., with the concurrence of his superior, Fr. Jeffrey Douaime, appointed Administrator of Holy Family Parish, Detroit, effective July 1, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of St. Mary Parish (Greektown), Detroit.  Sacramental coverage will be provided by PIME priests, with the concurrence of Fr. Ken Mazur, PIME Superior.

Reverend Michael Nkachukwu

Reverend Michael Nkachukwu appointed Pastor of St. Jude Parish, Detroit, effective July 1, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Heaven – Good Shepherd Parish, Detroit and St. Raymond – Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Detroit.  

Reverend Giuseppe Licciardi

Reverend Giuseppe Licciardi (Fr. Pino), of the Diocese of Monreale, Italy, has decided to conclude his pastorate effective June 30, 2019 and seek senior status.  Father Licciardi is currently serving as Pastor of Holy Family Parish, Detroit.

Reverend Giancarlo Ghezzi, PIME

Reverend Giancarlo Ghezzi, PIME, with the concurrence of his superior, Fr. Ken Mazur, PIME, appointed Associate Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Monroe, effective July 1, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Associate Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Monroe. 

Reverend David Burgard

Reverend David Burgard appointed Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Monroe, effective July 1, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Monroe.

Archdiocese unveils print magazine, website in support of mission to renew world, region and Church

The Archdiocese of Detroit on Wednesday announced a new print magazine and website, each dedicated to nourishing and encouraging area faithful embarking on a mission to “unleash the Gospel” in their communities.

The website, UnleashTheGospel.org, features inspirational content, practical formation and real-life stories from everyday Catholics. An accompanying magazine of the same name – a high-quality, four-color publication – features content available on the website and will be distributed free, six times per year, to 90,000 faithful in the Archdiocese of Detroit – including lay leaders, clergy and those who have supported the mission of the Archdiocese with a gift to the annual Catholic Services Appeal. Set to arrive just before Catholics participate in Holy Week observances, the first issue features stories about a young military widow’s journey of faith, an interview with the Michigan-born Director of the Vatican Observatory, a photo tour of historic Ste. Anne’s Parish in Detroit, and more.

The new magazine and website represent the next step in an archdiocesan-wide movement called "Unleash the Gospel," which calls on Catholics to embrace new identities as joyful missionary disciples of Christ, boldly sharing the Gospel in their communities.

“Our new website and magazine are uplifting and formational resources for people at every stage of the faith journey – from those interested in exploring the faith to those who want to nurture an already solid foundation,” said Edmundo Reyes, executive editor and director of communications at the Archdiocese of Detroit. “We are dedicated to helping all of our readers grow in their relationships with Christ and to boldly share the Good News of Jesus with others.”  

In a nod to Detroit’s historic motto, the cover of the Unleash the Gospelmagazine’s inaugural issue features the quote attributed to Father Gabriel Richard, who was pastor of Ste. Anne Parish in Detroit when a massive fire in 1805 destroyed most of the city: “Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.” The Latin phrase translates to: “We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes.”  

Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron linked the city’s motto to the local Church’s commitment to renewal.

“I have a plaque of this motto on my desk to remind me of hope, renewal and rebirth,” he said. “We too, as the Church in southeast Michigan, hope for better things – not just economic prosperity, but the true renewal that comes with an encounter with Jesus, who is the source of all joy and happiness.”

The magazine will feature content from the website, which replaces a pre-existing site that originally hosted Detroit Archbishop Vigneron’s 2017 pastoral letter. The website joins existing Unleash the Gospel digital media, including social media channels (@UTGDetroit) on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, as well as videos and podcasts. These online efforts provide daily inspiration and encouragement through art, video, photos and personal stories from members of the faith community, sharing how God is working in their lives.

More information on Detroit CatholicA story of better things: Unleash the Gospel Magazine launches to inspire missionary disciples

Reverend Matthew Ellis

Reverend Matthew Ellis appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Isidore Parish, Macomb Township, effective May 1, 2019.  Father Ellis is currently serving as Parochial Vicar of St. Lawrence Parish, Utica.