Catholic Paper Yanks Column Blaming Gay Attraction on Devil
US Conference of Catholic Bishops staffer sorry for 'hurt and confusion'
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2011 2:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – The country's oldest Roman Catholic newspaper has pulled a column suggesting that the devil may be behind gay sexual attraction. "Some Fundamental Questions on Same-Sex Attraction," written by Daniel Avila, an associate director for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, stated that "the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation that indicts the devil."

He added that "imbalances" in nature that "disrupt" human behavior point to "supernatural actors, unlike God, who do not have the good of persons at heart." In other words, such behavior could be "imputed to the evil one," Avila noted in The Pilot, the Archdiocese of Boston's official newspaper. The piece was pulled from the website yesterday after editors said it included an unspecified "theological error," reports AP. The site posted an apology from Avila, who stressed that the column didn't represent the position of the bishops conference. He said he was sorry for the "hurt and confusion" the column caused. Several Catholic officials were involved in the decision to yank the piece.

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Nov 18, 2011 12:50 AM CST
Homosexuality is a sin. Read the Bible Christ defeated the reign of Satan when He died on the cross for us. In addition, please read: 1 John 3:8, 1 Peter 5:8 and Revelation 12:12
Nov 4, 2011 3:54 AM CDT
Well, it works like this: We have this almighty, omnipotent, omniscient, wonderful, kind, good, all-knowing - and did I mention ALMIGHTY? - GOD. That's GOD , geddit!! He is ALL MIGHTY! He does have this one guy he's powerless against though, a wicked guy who just does as he pleases. But that doesn't mean he's not ALL MIGHTY, y'hear? And he can roast your butt in hot flames FOREVER if you say "Huh? What?". Just say Oh!
Nov 3, 2011 3:41 PM CDT
So if I read that headline right, some catholics jerked off Mr. Column but blamed their gay attraction on the devil. No news here. Been going on for centuries.