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Straight Facts for Story on Gay Catholics

September 16, 1990

Traditions, theological or philosophical, can enrich the lives of people. They can also be a stranglehold.

For some people, even though the traditions may be ancient, they are experienced with an immediacy that empowers the believer. For others, they become reflex habits that seldom engage the higher self. So it would seem with the outcasts of Catholicism called Dignity. Comprised of men and women who seem to embrace Roman Catholic dogma save for its stand on homosexuality, they seek fellowship in the church. The church has stated its judgment of them very clearly and denies their requests for inclusion.

There are many churches, many religions. Regardless of the communal rites of these, the relationship with God is very private--your soul and its expression of God. To beg inclusion in a church which has deemed your nature irredeemable seems to me ludicrous.

DAN GERRITY

Los Angeles

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