November 30, 2005

Gay Journos to Media: Watch Your Language on Vatican's Gay Priest Policy

Editor & Publisher

By E&P Staff

Published: November 30, 2005 5:30 PM ET

CHICAGO Gay men are being portrayed inaccurately and unfairly in coverage of the Vatican's guidance on the role of gay men in the Roman Catholic Church, theAbuse Tracker Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) says in an "open letter to the news industry."

"Some of those reports have included references to sexual 'preferences,' and reporting without verification parishioner statements that most of the priests involved in the Church's sex-abuse scandal were gay," the letter, addressed to "fellow journalists," states. "Also, factually incorrect opinions that assert a cause-and-effect link between gay men and pedophilia are being reported without challenge."

The letter is signed by NLGJAAbuse Tracker President Eric Hegedus, a page designer for the New York Post, and the association's executive director, Pamela Strother.

Posted by kshaw at November 30, 2005 07:55 PM