Former Iraq hostage James Loney says his homosexuality is behind a decision by Ontario's Knights of Columbus to close a Catholic youth leadership camp.
Loney and the Christian Peacemakers Team claim in a statement released yesterday that his decision to disclose his relationship with partner Dan Hunt after his release prompted the closure of the camp where he is a staff member.
The Ontario Catholic Youth Leadership Camp, near Orillia, was to operate this year between Aug. 21 and Aug. 26.
Reached at his Peterborough home last night Jack Clancey, a Knights of Columbus official, said the decision to close the camp had nothing to do with the organization's views on homosexuality.
"That statement is totally out of left field," said Clancey. "We closed down that leadership camp because we needed to review the way we were going and the curriculum that we were teaching."
Loney plans a news conference today. But his statement yesterday drew a connection between the decision to close the camp and apparent concerns it was "promoting a homosexual lifestyle."
Loney and Hunt are being given the "Fearless" award at a fundraising gala and awards dinner tonight as part of Toronto's Pride Week festivities in recognition of their perseverance during the hostage ordeal.
Whenever James Loney doesn't get his way, or is in the least bit inconvenienced, it's because he's homosexual. Everyone must accomodate themselves to his whims and predilections. Including the Knights of Columbus, who, bearing in mind the ephebophile sex scandals in the Church, might not have wanted to risk a lawsuit by letting two open homosexuals run around camp for a week with teenage boys.
In any event, so long as Loney remains an open and unrepentant homosexual, he is hardly fit to assume a leadership role within groups such as the Christian Peacemakers or Catholic Worker. Dorothy Day must be spinning in her grave at the thought of seeing Loney besmirch her movement's good name.
Source: Toronto Star