What is behind the Church's opposition to abortion,contraception, homosexuality
and women's ordination? This overview summarizes Church tradition, doctrine
and fundamental principles which in many ways link all these issues.
This spirited discussion covers the following topics:
1. The Church's views on birth control and women
2. Birth control and the population issue
3. The Church's views on homosexuality and the ordination of women
He is an outspoken critic of the Vatican's position on gays and
in 1997 issued a call for gay clergy and religious to come out of the closet.
He was executive director of Linkup, a national organization which he founded
for victims of clergy sexual abuse. He also was an ordained priest in the
Independent Catholic Church. He died in March 2002.
An essay [excerpted] in which this poet-doctor reveals his human
vulnerabilities as a doctor, and his hurt and longings as a gay man confronting
a Church which rejects him.