Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Gay community accepts deacon’s apology for ‘Adam and Steve’ remark

Catholic World News - March 11, 2010

The Gloucestershire Gay and Lesbian Community has accepted a Catholic deacon’s apology for preaching that “marriage is between Adam and Eve -- not Adam and Steve.”

Following the January homily in which he made his remarks, Deacon Frank Wainwright (inaccurately referred to as a priest in some press accounts) received five complaints from parishioners. Additional complaints were addressed to the local newspaper and to community leaders.

“I want to apologize for the wording of what I said,” the deacon stated. “It was very badly said, and it shouldn’t have been said.”

“I’m absolutely not homophobic,” he added. “I expressed Church teaching in a very bad way, and I’m sorry for that.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($21,772 to go):
$35,000.00 $13,228.44
62% 38%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Mar. 12, 2010 10:11 AM ET USA

    We live in a world of cliches. Words are meant to capture attention. I don't know precisely what the deacon said in his sermon -- only what was reported -- but I see no sign of homophobia (fear of homosexuals) in his Adam and Steve remark. I do see a comment that sets forth church teaching in a way that catches people's attention. Why apologize for that? Could the people who were "offended" have another agenda?

  • Posted by: Jester - Mar. 11, 2010 8:57 PM ET USA

    Homosexuals would complain about any expression of the fact that their sexual orientation is disordered and that to live it out is sinful. Truth requires no apology. Justice demands truth.

  • Posted by: kmbold - Mar. 11, 2010 8:54 PM ET USA

    It was a great, if not original, remark. Should have stood by it.

  • Posted by: mmbarto - Mar. 11, 2010 3:35 PM ET USA

    No apology needed here...! The Deacon was just stating the 'truth' in a way that his fellow parishioners could understand..!! Makes sense to me...!

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Mar. 11, 2010 10:48 AM ET USA

    Why apologize? It's on the mark. Let's face it no statement of Church teaching which is based on natural law will satisfy the gay ideology. Why accept their premises giving validity to words like homophobia.

  • Posted by: singer - Mar. 11, 2010 10:43 AM ET USA

    Obviously this deacon got orders from his politically-correct superiors to apologize. Shameful.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

An unexpected surge in confessions? 11 hours ago
The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching 16 hours ago
In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action August 20
As Catholic News Unfolds... August 19
An Iraqi archbishop's warning to the West August 19

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8