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San Diego school disinvites pro-gay union fellow

Associated Press Modified: November 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm •  Published: November 2, 2012

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A British theologian who has expressed support for gay marriage said the University of San Diego withdrew a fellowship because of her views.

Tina Beattie released a letter from the president of the Catholic school that said the invitation was being pulled because she dissents from church teachings.

University President Mary Lyons didn't elaborate in her letter but her decision came less than three months after Beattie and 26 other Catholics signed a letter in The Times of London newspaper that said it was "perfectly proper for Catholics, using fully informed consciences, to support the legal extension of civil marriage to same-sex couples."

University of San Diego officials had no immediate comment Friday.

"I hope you understand the difficulties associated with this decision, one to which I arrived with great and thoughtful consideration," Lyons wrote in a letter dated Oct. 27.

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic leaders in the U.S. and around the world have been increasingly vigilant about ensuring that groups and individuals that operate in the name of the church are adhering to core Catholic teaching.

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