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Catholic Newspaper “The Pilot” Retracts “Devil Made The Gays” Article, Forces (Non) Apology

The Pilot, the journal of the Archdiocese of Boston and the nation’s oldest Catholic newspaper has withdrawn a article written by Daniel Avila, who serves as policy director for marriage and family at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and who also just happens to be the public policy and research director of the anti-gay Massachusetts Family Institute in which he wrote that  homosexuality is caused by the devil .

Avila’s column  “Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction” appeared last Friday and in it he stated:  “Whenever natural causes disturb otherwise typical biological development, leading to the personally un-chosen beginnings of same-sex attraction, the ultimate responsibility, on a theological level, is and should be imputed to the evil one, not God. 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 Pilot withdrew the article on Wednesday stating on its website:

 Daniel Avila issued the following “Retraction/Apology” Nov. 2 in regard to his opinion piece “Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction” which was published in our Oct. 28 edition. In addition to echoing Mr. Avila’s statement of regret, The Pilot also wishes to apologize for having failed to recognize the theological error in the column before publication. The Pilot has removed the column ‘Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction’from its Website.

It also seems as though The Pilot has made Avila’ write an “Retraction/Apology” message which appears below

Attraction/Apology from Daniel Avila

“Statements made in my column, ‘Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction’ of October 28, do not represent the position of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the column was not authorized for publication as is required policy for staff of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The teaching of Sacred Scripture and of the Catechism of the Catholic Church make it clear that all persons are created in the image and likeness of God and have inviolable dignity. Likewise, the Church proclaims the sanctity of marriage as the permanent, faithful, fruitful union of one man and one woman. The Church opposes, as I do too, all unjust discrimination and the violence against persons that unjust discrimination inspires. I deeply apologize for the hurt and confusion that this column has caused.”

Please note that Alvia states that the opinions in the column “do not represent the position of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops” 

Meaning that it was just his own opinion and theres no apology for that.


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