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Special Assignment (The Pope in America) (Part IV) #111585

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 03, 1987
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(Studio: Richard Threlkeld) Report introduced.

(San Francisco, California: Betsy Aaron) Disunity in United States Catholic church over issue of homosexuality and gay community's plans for demonstrations during Pope John Paul II's United States tour examined; details given, scenes shown. [Virginia APUZZO - questions whose Church it is; notes the rage of the rejected.] Catholic Church's position on homosexuality quoted on screen. [Archbishop John QUINN - claims behavior, not gays, is rejected.] [Timothy COUGHLIN - responds.] New York City archdiocese noted ordering end to Mass for gays; their continuation outside church reported [Thomas CARROLL, William BENNEMAN - explain remaining Catholic despite church's rejection.] [Michael SMITH - believes Pope's visit with church-selected AIDS patients is way of making statement on AIDS, but not about gays within the church.] Smith's organization of the Names Project honoring AIDS victims noted. [SMITH - cites project's message for Church; would ask pontiff for understanding, love.] [APUZZO - calls for Pope John Paul to imitate Christ.]

Aaron, Betsy;
Threlkeld, Richard

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