He argued that Catholics are bringing the “good news” of the gospel by insisting gays either change their preferences or become celibate. Then he compared leading gay people out of same-sex relationships to Moses leading people out of slavery in Egypt.
Liberal Catholics, many of whom would genuinely like to see the church reach out to the LGBT community, boycotted the conference. Those who attended had to cross a line of protestors picketing outside.
“It’s medieval times all over again,” said Tom Nelson, who has gay children and helped organize the protest. “If God created people gay, then gay sex seems to be a natural thing.” He feels the Church” hasn’t come to speed with the 21st Century.”
The conference was co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Detroit, Catholic publisher Our Sunday Visitor and Courage International, a Catholic group whose mission is to persuade gay people to lead chaste lives.