Gay Rights Groups Decry Mass. Catholic Devil Essay

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) -- Gay rights groups say they're pleased the oldest
Roman Catholic newspaper in the United States has retracted an
opinion column suggesting the devil may be responsible for gay

The column in the Boston archdiocese's The Pilot newspaper was
titled "Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction." It was written by an adviser at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It said "scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation that indicts the devil."

The 182-year-old newspaper withdrew the online column Wednesday
and posted the author's apology.

The gay Catholics group DignityUSA says the column was outrageous and inflicted "tremendous damage on the souls" of gay

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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