Gay church stresses zero tolerance

Metropolitan Community Church
Though some Catholic leaders blame homosexual priests for much of their church’s sexual-abuse problems, the predominantly gay Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches has had no sexual-abuse liability claims filed against the denomination in the past 25 years. Yet the California-based church body has not been free of offenders.

The worldwide MCC, which has almost 400 clergy, half of whom are women, emphasizes a “zero tolerance for all forms of child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct” and informed local law authorities of offenses in two cases in recent years, MCC spokesman Jim Burkitt said. A pastor outside the U.S. was fired over abuse of a minor in the 1990s and a U.S. minister was dismissed for downloading child pornography on his computer, Burkitt said.


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