Jason Hoetger
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Feb 17, 2012 Jason Hoetger commented on Mass Uprising.
All of this maligning Father Ryan is ridiculous and extremely ignorant. Fr Ryan is probably one of the most progressive priests in the State of Washington, if not the country. His homily last Sunday, which is available on the front page of the Cathedral website, was precisely about accepting gays and lesbians and *against* bigotry. The idea that he "slipped out the back" rather than talk to a reporter about the issue is absurd; did it ever occur to Mr Holden that perhaps, as the Pastor of the Cathedral church of the largest religious organization in Washington state, something may have come up? Did the author even inquire, or attempt to reschedule the interview, before accusing Fr Ryan of slinking away like a frightened schoolboy?

Fr Ryan is a man of integrity who is not afraid to express his opinion, even when it contradicts the received wisdom of the Church hierarchy (as proof, try googling Fr Michael G Ryan). That is far more than I can say for Dominic Holden. This abortion of an article, riddled with falsehoods and lazily-researched half-truths, only perpetuates ignorance. It is primarily ignorance that feeds the anti-gay hysteria in this country, so it is a great pity and sad irony that those who claim to support gay rights feed the flames with ignorant, amateurish works like this.
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Feb 17, 2012 Jason Hoetger joined My Stranger Face
Feb 17, 2012 Jason Hoetger commented on Mass Uprising.
All of this maligning Father Ryan is ridiculous and extremely ignorant. Fr Ryan is probably one of the most progressive priests in the State of Washington, if not the country. His homily last Sunday, which is available on the front page of the Cathedral website, was precisely about accepting gays and lesbians and *against* bigotry. The idea that he "slipped out the back" rather than talk to a reporter about the issue is absurd; did it ever occur to Mr Holden that perhaps, as the Pastor of the Cathedral church of the largest religious organization in Washington state, something may have come up? Did the author even inquire, or attempt to reschedule the interview, before accusing Fr Ryan of slinking away like a frightened schoolboy?

Fr Ryan is a man of integrity who is not afraid to express his opinion, even when it contradicts the received wisdom of the Church hierarchy (as proof, try googling Fr Michael G Ryan). That is far more than I can say for Dominic Holden. This abortion of an article, riddled with falsehoods and lazily-researched half-truths, only perpetuates ignorance. It is primarily ignorance that feeds the anti-gay hysteria in this country, so it is a great pity and sad irony that those who claim to support gay rights feed the flames with ignorant, amateurish works like this.
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