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Their Gifts and Experiences

Atila Sinke Guimarães
Bird's Eye View of the News,  February 15, 2000

On December 20, Cardinal Roger Mahony stated: "In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles I continue to support our ministry with gay and lesbian Catholics and their families in order to bring theirs gifts, talents and experiences to enrich the Local Church. We will continue to extend our welcome and our ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics throughout the Archdiocese, a ministry that will continue to remain a priority for our Church" (The Tidings, Dec. 31, p.10).

Cardinal Mahony welcoming visitors to his gay ministry

Cardinal Mahony welcomes visitors to the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Internet site for gays and lesbians - Previews of the New Papacy, p. 107
The Cardinal's assertion was made about Proposition 22, which deals with the definition of marriage. It would have been useful if Mahony would have explained what exactly comprises these "gifts" and "experiences" that the homosexuals could bring to "enrich the Church."

Would the "gifts" that they bring be to look like the opposite sex? Would the "experience" be their criminal and anti-natural relation? The Cardinal leaves the door open for all interpretations.




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