You may remember the Catholic peace activist, James Loney. In 2005 he and his group went to Iraq where he and three others were kidnapped on the streets of Baghdad, held in close confinement under threat of death for four months, when they were rescued by a team of British commandos.
James Loney is openly gay and lives with his partner, Dan Hunt. He is continually sought after by social justice groups to speak of faith, foregiveness and reconciliation. (He has publicly foregiven his captors.)
In this context he was invited to speak at a social justice conference in Winnipeg to be held in a Catholic church. However Catholic Archbishop James Weisgerber of Winnipeg rescinded the invitation because of his past criticism of the Church’s stance on homosexuality.
Somewhat ironically one of the other participants will be able to speak. He is Bill Blaikie, a long time NDP member of parliament, who supports same-sex marriage and abortion.
In your opinion, does the Catholic church treat gays fairly?