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

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.”


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

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