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Cardinal's cousin, former nun, takes gay stance

The main religious news story in Australia this morning concerns an open letter to Cardinal Pell from his second cousin, Monica Hingston, critical of the Church's position on gays.

A response from Dr Pell has been obtained by the media and is published also. The issue is drawing headlines because of her relationship to the Cardinal, because she is a former religious sister, as well as because of the innate controversial aspects of this issue in the Churches at the moment.
,br>The subject of sex was also the focus of attention on the ABC's prime religious affairs television program on Sunday night. Entitled "The Trouble with Sex" the program was principally a panel discussion on the challenges facing the churches because of changing lay expectations and mores concerning human sexuality.

The Age – Pell cousin takes issue on gay stance

The Open Letter

SMH – Cry from the heart by a cardinal's cousin
West Australian – Challenge to Pell by lesbian cousin
CathNews story from last Friday – U.S. priests protest to hierarchy on Church language against gays
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Considerations regarding Proposals to give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons (English official text)
ABC Television, Compass – The trouble with sex

Illustration is that used by the SMH for its story with the caption: "On one level, he's a personable and caring sort of man" . . . Cardinal Pell's cousin, Monica Hingston, left, with her partner, Peg Moran, in Torquay. Photo: Shaney Balcombe

12 Jan 2004