Texan bishop opposes ordination of women, gay people
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BOSTON (AP)-An Episcopal
Bishop from Texas said he helped
form a new synod in the church because he opposed changes such as
the ordination of women and gay
"We believe c
bishops and standing t
have not been overly scrupulous ...
in screening out those whom we
think are inappropriate for holy
orders,'' said Bishop Clarence ('
1'ope of Fort Worth
Pope came to Boston as president of the Episcopal Synod of
America to lead a meeting of its
council and to officiate at a service
at All Saints Church in the city's
All Saints is one ofthe few traditionalist parishes in the Episcopal
Diocese of Massachusetts, which
in 1988 elected Barbara C. Harris
as the first woman bishop.
lier this month that she has devoted the past year to developing the
role of her new post without working for any specific agenda.
Pope said his group intends to
he a religious order within the
Fpiscnpal Church, ready to pick
up the pieces if the church delays
The group was formed with five
other bishops last June. The group
said they are dissatisfied with
what they see as a trend of
downplaying the Bible and church
tradition to allow change.
The synod council adopted a resolution opposing the action of
Bishop John S. Spong of Newark
who last month ordained a priest
who admitted being homosexual.
The council contended the action "violates the consciences of
many Christian people, both homosexual and heterosexual, who
struggle to live lives in accordance
with the Gospel and the Christian
moral traditions and treats their
sacrifices with contempt."
The new synod has sought to en-
list individual parishes and
Pope said most Episcopalians
accept church tradition, but bishops in some Northeastern dioceses
He added, "If these innovations
are adopted, I think what we will
see is a mutation of Christianity
into something that has little resemblance to historic Christianity"
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James Meredith's views surprise students
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (AP)-
Students at Mount Holyoke College were surprised when activist
James Meredith assailed the
school's acceptance of gay people
during a speech earlier this
"I can't say thai this is a statement that's been ignored^' Vee
Wailgum, spokesperson forthe all-
women school, said Jan. lb',
Meredith, the first black to register at the University of Mississippi in 1962, criticized the school's
admissions policy in a speech J an.
child applying to a college (hat
sanctioned unnatural six practices" he said. "I am sure that if Mar-
y Lyon (founder of the school)
were alive today, she would never
apply for admission to such a
Meredith's comments apparently came in response to a stalemenl
attached to admissions documents. Wailgum said. The statement reads in part: 'The college
has a non-discriminatory policy in
all matters of race, religion, color.
sexual orientation, national origin or handicapping condition."
Wailgum says the school doesn't
regret asking Meredith to speak on
the eve of the national holiday
honoring slain civil rights leader
Martin Luther King .Jr. Meredith
recently became an adviser to
North Carolina Sen Jesse Helms
and school officials said people familiar with his views may not
have been surprised by his speech,
"He offended a lot of groups and
we're here at Mount Holyoke to
look at all points of view and expose "or students to all points of
view and we have to feel lhat this
was another learning experience,"
Board approves performances of AIDS play
WEST PALM BKACH, Fla.
i AP i —t lounty school officials
have agreed lo permit a controversial play about a teen-ager dying
of AIDS to be performed at high
In a (i-1 vote Jan. 2... the Palm
Beach County School Board
brushed aside the protests of an
angry parenl and allowed the play
The Inner Circle to he staged in area high schools.
The vote came in response to a
proposal by The Learning Stage, a
local theater group, to perform the
play about acquired i
ciency syndrome. t<
Board memliot Susan Pell said
she supported the play because of
its emotional punch.
"It is a pretty powerful play."
Pell said. "It deals with a whole
range of value systems'
The school board decided individual high school principals
would have the final say in deciding whether (he play can he presented on their campuses.
The sole vote against allowing
(be performances came from
board member Gail Bjork. while
School Board Chairperson Lynda
Johnston and board member San
(ba Kichmond boi h expressed res
ervations about the project.
"The real losers are (he students
and education in general" said
parenl Sally Beach, who has been
supported by the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Palm Beach in her opposition to the proposal. "I'm disappointed. I'm surprised. It's
fraud in call this play education."
Beach said she would ask Florida Attorney General Bob
Butterworth and the state Depart
ment of Education to investigate
the use of the play, charging that
its content violates a state law
that requires sexual abstinence to
lie stressed in educational maleri-
Research expert says study was flawed
NEW YORK (AP)—A research expert testified lhat an AIDS study
in which Dr. Veronica Prego participated was flawed because it
elicited personal information that
could be used to identify partici-
Dr. Francis Andrew Gaffney,
whe has reviewed research confidentiality rules lor federal agencies, testified Jan. 23 that the researcher who conducted the study,
Hr. Sheldon Landesman. did not
protect the participants' anonymi-
Gaffney said too many people
had access to confidential records
in the survey, which contained so
much information aboot study
subjects thai their identity could
be figured out.
He criticized the stole for the
way it informed Pregu of her illness, saying it gave her the "devastating'' news over the telephone
without a warning
Prego is suing Landesman mi
(be grounds that he violated a
pledge of confidentiality. In a $17o
million lawsuit, she is also suing
Kings County Hospital, its parent
agency ihe Heallh and Hospitals
Corp.. and Dr. Joyce Fogel, her supervising in tern when she pricked
her linger on an AIDS-infected
needle left carelessly in a hospital
bed. She subsequently contracted
York Post reported n
Landesman said he had done
nothing wrongin informing Prego
she has AIDS.
"I was only the messenger of
bad news." he said. "You know, the
ancient Egyptians used to slay
Gaffney is also a space shuttle
astronaut wdio is scheduled to fly
on the Columbia next August as a
pay load specialist, a NASA
spokesperson said. He is a faculty
member at the University of Tex
lie said he is nol an AIDS re-
Rights group raps school's housing policy
1KV1NK. Calif. (APi-Gay and
lesbian organizations are protesting a policy change thai now prevents gay and lesbian couples
from living together in married-
student housing at the University
ot California, Irvine.
The university insists the policy
has nothing to do with homosexuals, bin the Chancellor's Advisory
Committee on the Status ofLesbi-
ans and Gays, the Gay and Lesbian Faculty and Staff Network,
and the Gay and Lesbian Sludent
i lor Hum?
26 of prote
t's time to storm the bouse;'
idy Kerr, co-chairperson of the
Chancellor Jack Peltason reversed a 1 L 2-year-old policy that
allowed gay students to live with
their partners in married-student
[loosing even if the partners
UC1 will now only allow married students to live in those quarters, but will still allow non-stu-
dent spouses, Unmarried heterosexual couples are also prohibited
from living in married-student
University ollieials assert ihal
the policy is unrelated to homosexuality, and they say thai gays and
Lesbians may still live in campus
housing as long as they are students at UCI.
"UCI has not banned gays from
family housing, only non-students,' said Linda Granell, director of public information. "We
don't ask students. Are you gay?'
We only ask them are they students. Being gay is not an issue.
Three lesbian couples who were
already living in campus housing
for married and graduate students
before the policy change will be allowed to keep their apartments.
Controversial priest replaced for service
By The Associated press
A gay Episcopal priest forced to resign as director of a New Jersey ministry lo homosexuals will nol celebrate a Mass in Dallason Sunday as
The Rev. Robert Williams was
asked to leave The Oasis, a
Hoboken, N.J. ministry for gay men
and women, alter saying that celibacy is not a healthful lifestyle for
Christiana and that monogamy is
not necessary to a faithful relationship.
Williams was also suspended from
priestly duties by Bishop John S.
Spong of the Newark, N.J., diocese,
until a review of his ordination pro-
Bishop Walter (lighter o! Newark
Spong had asked Williams not to
(unction as a priest while the diocese's Commission on Ministry re-
lu his ordination, Righter said Tues-
Church officials are invesligaling
whether Williams misled the com-
mission about his views during the
"It means he doesn't have a job in
the church," said Righter.
Williams, formerly of Dallas, was
asked not to conduct Mass this
weekend for a Dallas gay group
called The Integrity. Keith Hobbs,
secretary of ihe group, said mem
bers did nol want their goal of working within the Church to be "clouded
over by some ot these issues."
Williams was ordained Dec. lb by
Spong, who has asked Williams to
apologize for his statements on monogamy and celibacy.
Williams told The Dallas Morning
News that he whs surprised by the
cancellation of The Oasis appear
ance but said he wuuld look at other
his ministry is permanently suspended.
"Bishops don't Ordain people,"
Rei Williams told the newspaper.
"The Holy Spirit does. My ministry
to the gay and lesbian community
the Episcopal Church."
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