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Special Assignment (Homosexuals and The Church) #108038

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 17, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Jarriel) Report introduced.

(NYC: Betsy Aaron) Impact of gay Catholics on relations between Vatican and Catholic church in United States examined; details given, scenes shown. [Dignity organization New York president Timothy COUGHLIN - leads demonstration protesting organization's expulsion from New York City church.] Related statistics outlined on screen. Vatican condemnation of homosexuality quoted on screen. [Courage organization director Father John HARVEY - considers gay activity always wrong; cites church's conditions for accepting gays.] [Father Daniel McCARTHY - notes gay Catholics' perception of that attitude.] [Father William McNICHOLS - cites gays' lack of choice in their feelings.] [AIDS victim "JIM" - reacts to church's abandonment of him.] [Father Bernard LYNCH - notes gay Catholic AIDS victims die without hope because of church.] [McNICHOLS - considers church's dictates cruel.] Pope John Paul II's upcoming United States visit mentioned.

Reporter(s):
Aaron, Betsy;
Jarriel, Tom
Duration:
00:04:00

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