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At a September 10, 1997 seminar sponsored by Father Robert Nugent and Sister Jeannie Gramick, which was held at St. Joseph's of Orange hospital in the Diocese of Orange, Father Nugent revealed at the lightly attended seminar, that in fact he was a co-author of an upcoming document on homosexuality which would provide a "real shot in the arm." Nugent also revealed that then MLGC head Father Peter Liuzzi and Father Jim Schnexnayder of the Diocese of Oakland were co-authors of the then highly secret document.
Ever cautious Nugent cautioned his audience from spreading the news about the upcoming document, citing that it had to be rushed through the NCCB before it could be closely scrutinized.
Both Nugent and Gramick were later formally censored by the Vatican for promoting homosexuality through their New Ways Ministry.
Much has happened since the "Ministry for Lesbian and Gay Catholics" was launched 20 years ago and Always Our Children was released. Liuzzi is now pastor of St. Agnes Parish in phoenix, Arizona, after leaving the community of Arleta in the San Fernando Valley. The Carmelite priest had been residing in a "house of formation" with confrere Father Dominic Savino who was ousted in March of 2002 as president of Crespi high school. Savino's position at Crespi was terminated after he had been accused of sexually molesting boys in the 1970's.
According the to neighbors, they were not aware of the fact that Liuzzi and Savino were priests. The largely Hispanic neighbors thought of them as a committed couple according to one source.
Schnexnayder continues with the National Association of Catholic Lesbian and Gay diocesan Ministries and Nugent is not knowingly advocating the views he was censored for.
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