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American Gay Catholic Leader Protests Vatican Letter

July 29, 1992

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ The leader of a U.S. group of gay Roman Catholics angrily denounced a Vatican document Wednesday that supports U.S. laws that discriminate against homosexuals.

As reporters looked on, Kevin Calegari put the Vatican document in an envelope marked ″return to sender″ and tacked it to the front door of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Calegari, who heads the group Dignity, U.S.A., said gay Catholics ″are embarrassed by this document but not embarrassed enough to leave the church we love.″

The document, sent to U.S. bishops, supported fighting legislation that would outlaw discrimination against homosexuals in adoption proceedings, the hiring of coaches and teachers, and in military recruitment.

The document also reaffirmed the Vatican’s opposition to homosexuality.

Calegari said Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, refused to meet with him.

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