When writing a story on a controversial issue such as homosexuality, particularly in regard to the Catholic church, it would be a good idea for the reporter to familiarize himself with the primary sources regarding the topic, in this case the Ratzinger Letter and the moral theology on which it is based.
The first source of confusion is the blurring of distinction between groups and (church) members. No individuals have been denied access to the sacraments. The groups such as Dignity which proclaim the moral neutrality of homosexual acts have been barred from holding meetings or liturgical services on church property. This action was not a conservative crackdown by some bishops, but obligatory upon them all, both by decision of the National Conference and by the terms of the Ratzinger Letter.
The second habit of thought that throws dust in the eyes of the hapless reader are the modern assumptions that sexual orientation is fixed at birth and immutable and that people can be accurately described in terms of this orientation, as their primary characteristic. While it has always been recognized that individual circumstances may alter or lessen moral guilt, to assume that in fact none of us, gay or straight, has any choice of action is a deterministic and demeaning view of human nature. "Dignity" is not an accurate name for an organization which espouses slavery to one's gonads.