Tuesday, November 24, 2009

This just in...

"My words were misrepresented."
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Archbishop Flynn responds to a StarTribune news article which printed false information about him.
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November 24, 2009
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GAYS VS. CATHOLIC CHURCH --My words were misrepresented --- Archbishop Harry Flynn, Letter to Editor, Star Tribune

Statements and actions attributed to me in the Star Tribune's Nov. 17 article "Gays reject church's attempt to 'cure' them" are pure fabrication. I read that story and marveled that the Star Tribune would accept a quote like that and alleged acts by me without even attempting to find out if they were true -- which they were not.


According to Michael Bayly of a group called Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities, "Archbishop Harry Flynn came to us -- we didn't go to him -- in the late 1990s and asked us to serve as resource people for the church."


Take it from the archbishop in question, this never happened, period. I understand that Bayly later recanted those remarks on his website, claiming he was "misquoted." That excuse is a transparent one and one the reporter adamantly denies.


There were other errors and untruths in this story, but the truly unfortunate thing is that the newspaper and the reporter let Bayly, with an agenda of his own, use them. - Source 
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I actually responded to Bayly's article with a comment on his post as follows:
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Michael - I hope your correction appears in the Strib.
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When Archbishop Flynn arrived in this Archdiocese one of the first things he did was establish a Courage group, with (now) Bishop LeVoir as director at the time. - Source
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A retraction did appear in the Saturday Minneapolis Star Tribune, but it was pretty limp wristed, if you ask me. It showed up on page E3 of the Variety section - after two paragraphs of blah-blah-blah, the journalist explains, "While there was interchange between the group and the archdiocese, Flynn did not initiate the contact."  

Looks to me like sloppy journalism and unreliable information from a sloppy gay activist.
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Thanks to Ray of Stella for alerting me to the Archbishop's letter.

3 comments:

  1. The agenda is so nauseatingly obvious, bleh. Since when has the Church ever endorsed fornication -- in any form, hetero, or homo? Bayly seems to think the "conservative"...did he say administration? LOL....of Benedict is teh main obstacle to his agenda....he erroneously thinks that the Church has the power to proclaim homosexual activity something other than what it is: sin. Sorry, Michael, but that's God's realm. He wrote the laws. When you try to change them with your Relativism gymnastics, you're only fooling yourself. God's Moral Laws are no more changeable than the laws of physics.

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  2. Thanks Gette - right on!

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  3. Hi Gette!

    I'm so happy to see more Catholics publicly setting the record straight.

    Deep curtsy to Archbishop Flynn!

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