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Harry. Flynn, the Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has taken a stand against noted gay minister Mel White, essentially barring him from ever speaking at St. Joan of Arc Church in Minneapolis. Flynn's action came without explanation, just days before White was set to offer a sermon at. St. Joan's on April 6.

"I was going to give what I thought would be a ringing homily," White fold the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I was going to show that the queer preacher can love Jesus too."

The ban in Minneapolis came the same week that the Vatican released its new Lexicon on Ambiguous and Colloquial Terms About Family Life and Ethical Questions, which describes homosexuality as a condition that "has no social value."

"The Catholic Church is really nervous about homosexuality," White said. "It's really tragic how it's hunkering down."
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Author:Allen, Dan
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 13, 2003
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