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Gay Catholics Welcome Archdiocese's Clarification of Remarks about Gay Priests

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Jeff Stone, 212-662-9088
Brendan Fay, 718-721-2780

New York, April 23 — Dignity/New York, the local chapter of DignityUSA, commends the Archdiocese of New York for its quick action in clarifying the comments made by Monsignor Eugene Clark in his homily at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday, April 21, 2002. Monsignor Clark's homily seemed to blame the current clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church on gay priests.

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DignityUSA Addresses Priest Sex Abuse Scandal

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Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director, 617-669-7810 

 Washington, DC, April 8, 2002 — The Board of Directors of DignityUSA, the nation's largest organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) Catholics, met here this weekend and devoted much of its meeting to issues raised by the clergy sex abuse scandal unfolding in the Catholic Church. The following statement was issued at the conclusion of the Dignity Board's deliberations.

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Gay Catholics Challenge Pope, Cardinals on Rome Meeting

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Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director, 617-669-7810

As leaders of the American Catholic Church prepare for their extraordinary meeting with Pope John Paul II to discuss the clergy sexual abuse scandal, the leading organization of gay Catholics wrote to them, with their thoughts about what those talks should include. The thirteen American Cardinals, including embattled Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, have been summoned to Rome for meetings on this topic April 23-24.

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Vatican Remarks on Gay Priests, Sexual Abuse Condemned

 

Leaders of DignityUSA today condemned statements by Vatican spokesman Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls in which he blamed clergy sexual abuse on gay priests. Navarro-Valls was quoted in the March 3, 2002 The New York Times as saying that "People with these inclinations just cannot be ordained," and likening their ordination to a marriage that could be annulled.

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