The Call-To-Action CTA/AZ "New Directions" Newsletter of May, 1999 contains the following about two of the priests who have signed the NLS Declaration:
-On Page 3 under Affirmations
"Fr. Ray Ritari has been a prophet in our midst. In response to some malicious, outlandish talk by some Arizona legislators about gay and lesbian persons. Ray has written and spoken eloquently about the human dignity of all persons and bigotry and homophobia expressed by legislators and others. Ray's original letter speaking of human dignity of gay and lesbian persons appeared in the Arizona Republic. His letter was subsequently republished in the Catholic Sun. When many letters in the Catholic Sun attacked Ray's letter and some Ray personally, Fr. John Cunningham wrote a letter of affirmation and support of Ray again challenging us all to overcome our prejudices and bigotry. We thank these men for being prophets in our midst, for preaching the dignity of all persons in the marketplace despite the obvious backlash and at personal risk. Thanks for being such bold courageous followers of Jesus Christ and calling for an inclusive Church where all are welcome.
Rev. Gomez is a Yaqui Indian who serves at a small parish that 'has transitioned from European Americans to become more people of color: Native American, Hispanic and African American.' Ray insists, 'We will fulfill our mission by being multicultural, honoring diversity, and welcoming people as they are -- using and encouraging shared leadership -- and being a witness through our faith actions in the community.' Have faith, CTA, we are on the right path; spreading the gospel message."
-Fr. Raymond J. Ritari's first name is not "Ray", it is Father, until the Pope decides otherwise.
-Holy diversity of cultures is wonderful and broadens our perspectives,
But our perspectives should Not be broadened unto Sin and anything contrary to Church teaching.
-The underlines have been added.
Please review Posts# 11-14 of this thread.
I have no doubt it will be.