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Inside the Synod hall during meetings on the Synod on the Family in Vatican City on October 21, 2015. (photo: Vatican Media)

As the Church embarks on a two-year synodal process, the confusing optics of the recent New Ways Ministry controversy have only deepened a sense of unease regarding the Synod on Synodality and its impact.

Joan Frawley DesmondNEW YORK — U.S. Jesuit Father James Martin recently celebrated a “small, but historic step forward” in the campaign for greater inclusion of “LGBTQ” Catholics in the Church.

Noting that the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops’ resource page posted links to a webinar produced by New Ways Ministry, a controversial “LGBTQ” advocacy group for Catholics long-opposed by the U.S. bishops for its dissent from Church teaching, Father Martin tweeted, “As Pope Francis has said, all voices must be heard at the Synod.” The Jesuit’s Dec. 6 tweet marked a brief kerfuffle on social media and at the synod’s communications office at the Vatican. …

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