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Mass. Catholic journal withdraws gay devil columnBoston Catholic newspaper withdraws column suggesting gay attraction may be work of the devil
BOSTON (AP) ' The oldest Roman Catholic newspaper in the United States has retracted an opinion column suggesting the devil may be responsible for gay attraction.
The Friday column in the Boston archdiocese's The Pilot newspaper was titled "Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction." It was written by an associate director for policy and research at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which runs the church.
Associate director Daniel Avila says in the piece "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."
The 182-year-old newspaper withdrew the online column Wednesday. It says it failed to recognize the "theological error" before publication. It posted an apology from Avila saying the column doesn't represent the position of the Conference of Catholic Bishops and wasn't authorized for publication.
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