Avila’s (non) Apology

Alethian Worldview points to Daniel Avila’s so-called apology for his statements that the devil is responsible for changing the genetic makeup of people to cause them to be gay. His point, as I posted two days ago, is that God would never do such a thing to the humans that He loves so much, so it must be the work of Satan.

The new page reads:

Editor’s Note: Daniel Avila issued the following “Retraction/Apology” Nov. 2 in regard to his opinion piece “Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction” which was published in our Oct. 28 edition. In addition to echoing Mr. Avila’s statement of regret, The Pilot also wishes to apologize for having failed to recognize the theological error in the column before publication. The Pilot has removed the column ‘Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction’from its Website.

Retraction/Apology from Daniel Avila

“Statements made in my column, ‘Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction’ of October 28, do not represent the position of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the column was not authorized for publication as is required policy for staff of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The teaching of Sacred Scripture and of the Catechism of the Catholic Church make it clear that all persons are created in the image and likeness of God and have inviolable dignity. Likewise, the Church proclaims the sanctity of marriage as the permanent, faithful, fruitful union of one man and one woman. The Church opposes, as I do too, all unjust discrimination and the violence against persons that unjust discrimination inspires. I deeply apologize for the hurt and confusion that this column has caused.”

When he writes his original column, there is no disclaimer that Avila is not speaking on behalf of the Diocese, that only appears after the paper is criticized. The second part is that it was a theological issue with his writing, not a problem with with the essence or logic of the column.

Fox News talked to the ‘real’ spokesman for the Diocese.

The Boston archdiocese, the bishops’ group and Avila were involved in communications leading to the decision to retract the column, said archdiocese spokesman Terrence Donilon, who called Avila “passionate about his faith and passionate about his church.”

“This one,” Donilon said, “clearly just got away from him.”

It wasn’t only Avila, but also from the editors of the Pilot who didn’t originally see a problem with what he wrote. It’s difficult to see this as anything other than some ass-covering after a lot of negative press.

Original column (available at Google Cache as of 11/3 10:00 AM)

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