Local

Boston Catholic Columnist Resigns Over Homosexuality Quip

View Comments
A columnist at The Pilot is resigning after remarks over homosexuality.  (Photo from Facebook)

A columnist at The Pilot is resigning after remarks over homosexuality. (Photo from Facebook)

BOSTON (AP) — The author of a newspaper column suggesting the devil may be responsible for homosexuality has resigned from his job with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic bishops said Friday that Daniel Avila (AH’-vee-lah) offered to step down and his resignation was accepted Friday.

Avila’s column appeared a week ago in The Pilot, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston. Avila had written that there’s evidence suggesting the devil is responsible for same-sex attraction. Gay rights groups and others condemned the column.

The newspaper withdrew the article from its website Wednesday. Avila apologized for any pain the column caused. He said his views did not represent the position of the bishops’ conference.

Avila had worked on policy and research for the bishops in Washington.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,700 other followers