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Title Montrose Voice, No. 337, April 10, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date April 10, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 18 MONTROSE VOICE/APRIL 10, 1987 Planned Parenthood Director Threatened With Ex-Communication SAN ANGELO, Texas (UPI)—Despite threats of excommunication, a Roman Catholic director of Planned Parenthood said he will continue to promote the use of condoms to stop the spread of AIDS. "I'm in a lot of hot water with the Catholic church," said Jim Ferels, city Planned Parenthood executive director. Ferels responded Wednesday to an article by Bishop Michael Pfiefer that appeared last month in the San Angelo Standard-Times. Pfiefer had denounced the advertisement of condoms on television. "I wrote a very non-threatening article responding to Bishop Pfiefer because I was disturbed by his lack of concern about AIDS," said Ferels, who formerly was director of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. "The article is really concerned with the transmission of AIDS and the use of condoms to assist in defeating the disease." In the article, Ferels said he was writing not only as a Planned Parenthood representative but as a practicing Catholic. Ferels and other parishioners of Holy Angels Catholic Church received a letter Monday from the bishop and parish priests stating opposition to Ferels' views on contraception and AIDS. Ferels met Tuesday with the priests at Holy Angels. "What I was told was that as a Catholic, I did not have the right to express my written or spoken opinion, because when one is Catholic, one sacri fices certain things in this case my freedom of expression," he said. "They talked to me about my attempts to diminish the threats of AIDS and I was told they were in contradiction to the bishop's teachings and that there is no room for controversy. "They indicated to me if I could not be silent and step down as director of Planned Parenthood, I would in fact be excommunicated, could no longer call myself Catholic, take the sacraments or attend church," he said. The Rev. Serran Braun, Holy Angels pastor, said Ferels, as a practicing Catholic and member of his congregation, is representing the Catholic church when he presents his views. "We indicated that as a practicing member of the Catholic church, he either accepts all teachings of the church, (or) if he is non-practicing, he can reject some or all," Braun said. "If the church feels the need to excommunicate me because of my views, the ball is in their court," said Ferels, who plans to continue airing his opinion. Ferels would not be the first Planned Parenthood official to be excommunicated over his views. Officials of the Roman Catholic diocese of Providence, R.I., last January announced that it had excommunicated Mary Ann Sorrentino, the director of the Rhode Island Planned Parenthood affiliate. In another incident last year, church officials in Toledo told the Catholic assistant director of a women's clinic that performs abortions that her 11- year-old daughter would not be allowed to continue going to the parochial school she attended because of her mother's views. Planned Parenthood has long been a target of the Catholic Church, not only because of its position on abortion but also because its clinics offer birth control information and dispense contraceptives—both of which the church staunchly opposes. Mexico Plans AIDS Program MEXICO CITY (UPI)—Health Minister Guillermo Soberon announced Saturday Mexico would begin a program aimed at controlling the spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The program, to begin at the end of the month, will be run jointly with the World Health Organization and will concentrate on testing people considered to be at high risk of infection, Soberon said. The program will include tighter controls on blood banks to stem the spread of AIDS through blood transfusions, Soberon said. The Health Ministry has reported 340 AIDS cases and said half the patients have already died. Some private experts suspect the number of unreported cases to be at least twice as great as the known cases. COMEDy WORKSHOP 2105 SAN FELIPE HOUSTON, TX 77019 (713) 524-7333 presents a special engagement with comedienne Judy Tenuta April 21st 8:30pm benefitting the AIDS Foundation Tickets $10 with Champagne Reception after the Show For Reservations & Information Call Comedy Workshop al 524-7333 Other performances will be April 22-26 Another l/Wjj ^OtU[j Enterprise... 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