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CATHOLIC PRIEST'S FACULTIES REVOKED; HE CO-AUTHORED BOOK ON GAY AND LESBIAN SPIRITUALITY

 CATHOLIC PRIEST'S FACULTIES REVOKED; HE CO-AUTHORED BOOK
 ON GAY AND LESBIAN SPIRITUALITY
 FRESNO, Calif., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Craig O'Neill, a Catholic priest who co-authored the recently published "COMING OUT WITHIN: Stages of Spiritual Awakening for Lesbians and Gay Men," has received notice from his bishop that he may no longer celebrate the sacraments or minister as a priest.
 Fresno Bishop John Steinbock said in a letter dated Feb. 14 to the priests of the Bakersfield deanery that the publication of "COMING OUT WITHIN" "shows clearly that (O'Neill) condones and promotes homosexual and lesbian sexual activity...This position is not compatible with the teachings of the Catholic Church."
 "COMING OUT WITHIN" explores the difficulties and losses that gay men and lesbians experience in dealing with family, work, church and society. O'Neill and his co-author, Kathleen Ritter, offer an eight- stage process to help readers move through grief and loss to reach a point of spiritual wholeness and fulfillment.
 Craig O'Neill is available for interviews. Contact Sandy Ackers at the number below for a copy of the book or to schedule an interview.
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 /CONTACT: Sandy Ackers of Harper San Francisco, 415-477-4416/ CO: Harper San Francisco ST: California IN: PUB SU:


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