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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:18 PM


Progressive Catholic leader dies

Posted Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. -- Former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, a progressive leader in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church and the longest-serving head of the Richmond Diocese, died Tuesday. He was 84.

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As the 11th bishop to head the diocese, he was known as one of the more progressive leaders in the Catholic Church.

He caused controversy by opening his churches to gays and lesbians, condemning wars in Vietnam and the Middle East and speaking out against the death penalty.

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Before he retired in 2003, the Richmond Diocese had 24 advisory committees representing youths, women, gays and lesbians, black people and senior citizens -- all of which he consulted regularly.


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