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THE ADVOCATE: A Gay Oral Roberts University Graduate's Painful Story

By John Casey

May 26, 2022

It always seemed that there was nothing worse than growing up a closeted gay Catholic. The religion treated you like a pariah, and I have vivid memories of watching the news during the AIDS crisis and being dumbfounded by the sit-in by ACT UP at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. Cardinal John O’Connor showed no compassion, and I couldn’t understand that for the life of me.

From a religion that always preached compassion, there wasn’t any. And there was the priest abuse scandal that touched me directly, and how Catholic bishops just turned a blind eye. Is that religion? Is that compassion?

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