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Boston Catholic newspaper withdraws gay column

November 2, 2011

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BOSTON—The oldest Roman Catholic newspaper in the country has apologized and retracted an opinion column written by a senior official with the organization running the church suggesting the devil may be responsible for same-sex attraction.

The Pilot on Wednesday withdrew Daniel Avila's column titled "some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction." The Boston archdiocese newspaper says it failed to recognize the theological error before publication.

Avila says in the piece 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."

The 182-year-old newspaper published an apology from the associate director for policy and research for the U.S. Conference of Bishops.

Avila says the column does not represent the position of the organization and was not authorized as required for conference workers.