No "gay priests:" How the Pope's talking points were changed

| April 18, 2008 - 10:06 am

Tags: communication, LGBT, religion, sex scandals, strategy

Cathy Renna over at Bilerico Project has a post about the work GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and others did to keep the Catholic Church from blaming the child abuse scandal on gay priests. That work paid off, among other places, in the Pope's talking points yesterday.

While at GLAAD, much of my time in the early 2000's was focused in the Catholic Church abuse scandal. We saw very early on that it was going to be a "let's blame the gay priest" strategy. At a press conference in Rome in 2001, then president of the US Bishops' conference, Wilton Gregory, said "we do not have a pedophilia problem, we have a homosexuality problem." Vatican City, we have a problem. My media "spider -sense" had gone off months before, so we were ready with experts, allied groups, messages and a strategy to deal with this. We were certainly not going down without a fight. And that fight paid off, as we saw from this recent visit by the Pope.

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