At Bay in San Francisco

A task force criticizes Catholic teachings on homosexuality

From the epistles of St. Paul to the Chicago policy address of Pope John Paul II in 1979, the Roman Catholic tradition has never swerved from condemnation of homosexual behavior. But this teaching has laid the church open to charges that its attitude is out of step with the times. Nowhere in the U.S. has its stance caused more problems than in San Francisco, where the homosexual population is estimated at 20%. In 1980 John R. Quinn, the Archbishop of San Francisco, issued a pastoral letter to the archdiocese saying that the church, while...

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