The famous photo I remember.
In grade school the nuns always praised him, the self-sacrificing Dr. Thomas Dooley. "He went to daily Mass." In fact there was talk that Dooley could be a saint. He died at in 1961 at the age of 34 and investigations into the possibilities of sainthood commenced some time later. It was the investigation into his personal life which revealed his association with the CIA - not as a spy, but as a sort of benevolent informant. I'm not sure, but these investigations may also have revealed rumors that Dooley participated in homosexual activities. Evidently the cause was dropped, although I wonder if there was any type of positio gathered and documented?
Dooley died a faithful and devout Catholic. He had a missionary spirit and is regarded a fine humanitarian, having received many honors before and after death. A very brief biography can be found here.
I post about him since gay people seem to want a saint who was gay. Dooley possibly experienced same sex attraction, but obviously managed to integrate it into his life. If homosexual activity is verifiable, I would see this as a sign of moral struggle, that he probably mastered with grace and the sacraments. Not knowing the facts, it wouldn't be unreasonable to consider that perhaps the CIA invented the homosexual activity as an option to discredit Dooley, should circumstances have called for some sort of disavowal. Nevertheless, Dooley generously sacrificed his life in service to others - a sign of heroic virtue, while foundations he either began or inspired, continue his work today.
I would like to look more closely at his life and reputation for sanctity. If anyone knows what happened with the initial investigation for canonization, let me know. Oddly enough, I met the priest responsible for the cause several times in the 1980's and '90's, never knowing about his work on the Dooley cause. His name was Rev. Maynard Kegler. I just found out Fr. Kegler died a year ago, on November 3, 2012. Talk about the communion of saints, huh?
Dr. Dooley appeared on What's My Line shortly before his death,