St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Philadelphia had initially been receptive to the idea of letting two advocacy groups for LGBT Catholics — New Ways Ministry and Equally Blessed — use the facilities to hold events, but both groups have suddenly been disinvited.
The pastor of St. John’s, Father John Daya, cancelled the events after receiving a phone call from the Archdiocese — right on the heels of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput announcing gay equality advocates couldn’t be a part of the World Meeting.
Speaking to The Washington Post, Ken Gavin, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese, said:
“It’s not about the individuals. It’s about the content of the programming and a consistent ethic regarding the meaning and purpose of human sexuality in the Catholic tradition.”